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Samantha I. Ferm-LeClere

Government Contracting 136 S. Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA  52240


Advanced Contracting Services
Bid/Proposal Guidance
Finding Opportunities
Getting Started in Government Contracting
Marketing to the Government
Post Award Assistance


BA, English, The College of Wooster, 2004


Samantha joined the CIRAS APEX staff after almost three years as a Business Counselor for the Kirkwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC), where she supported small businesses throughout Linn, Benton, and Jones counties. During her time thereceived the Iowa SBDC ‘Support Person of the Year’ award for 2017 and also supported the state’s largest 1 Million Cups weekly networking program. Prior to joining the SBDC, Samantha was the Marketing Director for EntreFEST, Iowa’s largest start and small business conference/festival. Originally from the Phoenix area, Samantha spent nearly five years in Washington D.C. prior to moving to Iowa, where she worked as the Marketing and Community Outreach Manager for the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza, or NCLR). Samantha enthusiastically connects individuals, businesses, and community leaders to each other as well as the programs they need to help take their work and passions to the next level of success.

Samantha is a Government Contracting Specialist with the APEX Accelerators serving clients in southeast Iowa.
Serving CIRAS from 2018.