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Craig Stephens of UnderStory Film Company

UnderStory Film Company

Don and the team at the FSBDC have been a fantastic resource for us. They are always there with experienced people who are eager to help.

The UnderStory Film Company is a full-service video production business that was started here in Jacksonville by Craig Stephens. The company writes, shoots, edits, and produces high-quality corporate, commercial, and public service videos that have been viewed by nationwide audiences. Craig and his team have produced commercials, web series, TV dramas, and corporate videos for a vast array of clients. Craig has received numerous national recognitions and awards including an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Soon after relocating to Jacksonville, the owner of the company, Craig Stephens, sought out government contracting services offered by the Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the University of North Florida. To get his business up and running, quickly, Craig met with several of our consultants and fully utilized our services. Some of the services provided have included:
–Corporate branding
–General business assistance
–Government contracting
–GSA Schedules
–Social media
–Website development

From the beginning, Craig recognized the many government contracting opportunities for video production, so he got started by meeting with Don Zavesky, Procurement Specialist at the Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the University of North Florida. Together, Craig and Don worked to complete required registrations, identify viable opportunities, submit proposals, explore GSA Schedule opportunities, and pursue subcontracting business.

Recently, the company enrolled in the Bid Match service. This is a no-cost service, offered to select PTAC clients, that identifies and delivers federal, state, local, and worldwide government contracting opportunities relevant to the client’s business. Every day through email alerts, Craig receives potential government contracting opportunities, specifically researched for his business. Before submitting a proposal, he has the ability to review each opportunity, make go/no-go decisions, and prepare proposals for government contract awards.

The Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the University of North Florida is proud to be associated with Craig and The UnderStory Film Company. Since starting to work together, the company successfully established itself in the Jacksonville market, has started winning new work, and is now expanding its business through government contracting. The UnderStory Film Company is another great example of how, as a team, we are making a positive impact in the community—one business at a time.

UnderStory Film Company Craig Stephens

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