Happy Black History Month from the Kentucky APEX Accelerator! This February, we are highlighting several Black-owned businesses from across Kentucky that are achieving great things in their industries and communities.
Dishueme-Bangudi Agency LLC
Dishueme-Bangudi Agency is a distinguished life and health insurance business headquartered in Nicholasville, KY. They are committed to surpassing expectations by tirelessly working until they secure the most suitable policy for each client's needs. They proudly represent insurance carriers with a coveted A+ rating, ensuring the highest standards of reliability and service.
The hallmark of this company's success lies in the genuine expressions of gratitude from their clients, a testament to their unwavering dedication to every client's individual wellbeing and financial security.
Learn more about Dishueme-Bangudi Agency by visiting their website: https://www.dishuemebangudiagencyllc.org
"Government contracting opens doors to a myriad of opportunities, providing a stable platform for business growth, diversification, and long-term success. Partnering with KY APEX Accelerator not only amplifies these benefits but also offers invaluable resources and guidance, propelling businesses to new heights through strategic support and a dynamic network."
– Latonia Dishueme-Bangudi, Owner & Licensed Agent
Black Spur LLC
Black Spur is a general contractor company providing interior and exterior construction services. For more than 30 years, they have provided masonry, restoration, framing and interior finishing services to meet the specialized needs of clients in Kentucky and surrounding states. Headquartered in Sadieville, KY, Black Spur's past performance as a general contractor spans residential, commercial and public-sector projects.
"KY APEX Accelerator has been instrumental in providing avenues and education allowing Black Spur to grow in a positive direction. Our contacts and job opportunities have grown exponentially. KY APEX has given us the seed of enlightenment in showing us the availability of government projects. Steady work means steady growth. Government projects provide the steady growth needed to be successful. KY APEX has opened those doors."
– William Persley, Owner
StaffHub is an esteemed Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) that excels in offering innovative vendor management solutions. Their hallmark is a sophisticated, web-based Staffing Vendor Management System (VMS), supplemented by a suite of supportive services crafted to cater to various business requirements.
Founded in Lexington, KY in 2016, StaffHub began its journey as a visionary startup and has since grown remarkably, securing 59 significant contracts in the last eight years. Their core objective is to enhance and automate the management of contingent workforce and vendor relationships across diverse industry sectors. The company's trajectory reflects their unwavering dedication to pioneering advancements and delivering exceptional service to their clients.
Learn more about StaffHub by visiting their website: https://www.staffhubmsp.com
"The KY APEX Accelerator has been a cornerstone in my journey towards excellence in government contracting. This engagement has been pivotal in equipping me with the knowledge and skills necessary to aspire to become a prime government contractor in facilities support services. The KY APEX Accelerator's support has been invaluable in both my personal growth and the advancement of StaffHub LLC."
– Jerry Derrickson, President
Cosmos Technologies Inc.
Cosmos Technologies was founded in 1998 by Frederick Douglas, who began the business in his dining room. Initially, the company offered environmental services. They have since grown to provide civil engineering design, water/wastewater treatment design, water resources engineering, environmental and safety management, construction management and inspection, and transportation and structural engineering.
The company has increased in size from one original employee to a projected 27 employees in 2024. It has also grown geographically, expanding beyond its first office location in Pittsburgh, PA and opening additional offices in Louisville, KY; Harrisburg, PA; Akron, OH and Cleveland, OH.
The core values that drive Cosmos Technologies are its mission to create employment and develop employees, to be a positive force in the communities the company serves, and to improve the environmental conditions within the world in which we live.
Learn more about Cosmos Technologies by visiting their website: https://www.cosmostechnologiesinc.com
"KY APEX Accelerator is assisting Cosmos leadership in broadening its outreach in Federal contracting opportunities. Cosmos has already received great insight into the Federal outreach process. This support is invaluable to us."
– Frederick Douglas, Owner & President
CleanGoodEats, LCC is a veteran-owned, woman-owned and minority-owned business that offers specialty cooking classes and health education to clients.
CleanGoodEats was founded by Dr. Sakinah Bunch, a dedicated Army veteran, an accomplished Doctor of Naturopathy and a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Based in Elizabethtown, KY the company specializes in personalized health and wellness coaching, including sugar reduction and individualized dietary guidance.
Services such as catering, event rental and commercial kitchen rental are also available through CleanGoodEats. Additionally, Dr. Bunch hosts periodic healing journey retreats and is available to book for speaking engagements.
Learn more about CleanGoodEats by visiting their website: https://cleangoodeats.com
"Government contracting offers a stable and lucrative avenue for businesses to secure consistent revenue streams while contributing to public service. Partnering with KY APEX Accelerator provides valuable resources and support to help businesses navigate and succeed in the complex world of government contracts."
– Sakinah Bunch, Owner
Consumer Management Group LLC
Consumer Management Group provides operational soundness through sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Bowling Green, KY, they are are a minority-owned and women-owned company offering management, training and consulting services in two industry sectors under one business umbrella.
In the general management sector, Consumer Management Group's services focus on applied training and education with an emphasis on innovative pedagogy, workforce output and individual wellbeing. They pride themselves as experts in change management, youth immersion development and programming. Additionally, they offer sustainable and cost-saving solutions to partners in the environmental, health and safety industry by providing pre- and post-quarterly inspections, hearing conservation testing, materials testing, safety floor plan schematics, worker’s compensation training, individualized EHS plans and much more to both private and public entities.
With more than 25 years of combined experience across all team members, the company provides a range of expertise in federal government contracting, education services, audits and inspections, management training, legal compliance, business consulting and cybersecurity. Their core values hinge on building and maintaining strong relationships with their partners while ensuring a culture of integrity, inclusive excellence, individual well-being and sustainable workforce output.
Learn more about Consumer Management Group by visiting their website: https://www.consumermanagementgroup.com
"We appreciate the help of the KY APEX Accelerator in working with us by sending information for government contracts and introducing us to other businesses in the community.”
– Verlaine Lynn, Owner & Manager
MCN (Moving Cargo Now) LLC
MCN (Moving Cargo Now) LLC is a freight transportation company that specializes in over-the-road logistics services with a focus on agility. What sets this company apart is their unique fleet of cargo vans, an asset that strategically positions them to provide affordable local cargo, short haul, hot shot loads and time-sensitive and fragile item logistical services.
MCN is a Kentucky-based, woman-owned and minority-owned business holding MWBE and DBE certifications. Headquartered in Mayfield, KY, the MCN team has successfully managed numerous projects for companies like AGM Transportation, V3 Transportation and Panther Premium Logistics.
Learn more about MCN by visiting their website: https://movingcargonow.biz
“We love working with KY APEX Accelerator because they provide us partnership opportunities that we would otherwise not have access to! We look forward to building strong relationships with businesses and upgrading our skills and capabilities.”
- Elaine Collins, Co-Owner