Innovative Accessible Technologies of Hillsborough County
Cornel Commedore had an idea to launch his very own software development firm that would aim to address some of the inefficiencies that he noticed within the industry, so in 2020, he decided to put his idea to work. He created Innovative Accessible Technologies, a software development firm that focuses on building cost-effective software engineering concepts for cloud, web, and mobile devices. Innovative Accessible Technologies is headquartered in Tampa, with a second location in Zephyrhills.
As Commedore worked to expand and improve his business, he felt as though he had hit a wall and wanted more for his business. That’s when he connected with the Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at University of South Florida.
“The initial reason for reaching out to the Florida PTAC at USF centered around being able to connect our state and federal government contracts,” Commedore said. “We had reached a brick wall in understanding which resources to contact and which methods to get started. So, the Florida PTAC at USF was instrumental in allowing us to make those connections, learn about how to actually do business with the government, and propel our business forward.”
Since working with the Florida PTAC at USF and procurement specialist, Karen Krymski, Commedore is proud to see just how much his business has improved. The company has grown to more than 25 team members and secured its first federal government contract in 2021.
“Our business has grown substantially since working with the Florida PTAC at USF,” he said. “We’ve been able to secure a small business contract by working with other government agencies and work on some of the relationships there. It’s given us the exposure to connect at network events; meeting with other subcontractors and also working with them on various projects.”
Because Commedore launched his business in January 2020, he saw the immediate effects of the pandemic on his business.
“COVID-19 has definitely affected our business in that it has allowed us to become a little bit more creative on how we approach our connections with our various clients and customers,” he said.
“Before, we would be connecting to people face-to-face, and now we had to rely on some of our ingenuity and some of our marketing skills to try to make some of those same connections and pitches virtually. COVID-19 has definitely in some ways allowed us to expand our virtual presence and allowed us to connect to a lot of companies across the country.”
Moving forward, Commedore is excited to continue working with the Florida PTAC at USF and see what the relationship has in store for the future of his business.
“First and foremost, we see it as a continual thing,” he said. “The Florida PTAC at USF has continued to be instrumental in putting us in the right place at the right time to make opportunities happen.”