Allen Jones

Senior Business Counselor/Procurement Specialist

I am currently an SBDC Counselor because I enjoy working with energetic new business owners. If you ask me why now, it is because I have the time and feel I can add value to the businesses with whom I work. I get up in the morning to have coffee and read my three newspapers. Then I get to work with small businesses that keep my mind active and interested.


Mr. Jones is currently a Senior Business Advisor at the NJ Small Business Development Center at NJCU. He advises existing and startup businesses in all aspects of business administration. Helping to move startups toward a successful business venture or sustaining and growing existing businesses.

Mr. Jones has a deep knowledge of the budget, procurement, and research and development processes of the federal government. This knowledge is used to support clients, in the following services:

· Identifying and pursuing federal R&D funding opportunities

· Preparing for entry into the US Federal market

· Government Procurement

Mr. Jones has worked as a consultant to the University of Pittsburgh, the University of South Carolina New Jersey Institute of Technology Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and the NJ Small Business Development Center. In this capacity, Allen supported early-stage business ventures, and emerging technologies by identification of R&D funding, and the path to revenue through government procurement. These included client efforts in pursuing SBIR/STTR funding.

Mr. Jones was at Duane Morris Government Services, as the Director of Federal Procurement Services. His team identified federal programs that supported client goals toward either receiving development grants, R&D dollars, and/or the sale of goods and services at the federal level.

Before joining DMGS, Allen was the Program Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) FirstLink technology transfer program. His responsibilities included the operations of FirstLink ensuring the program successfully met the Office of Secretary of Defense goals and objectives of facilitating the movement of technologies and knowledge from the federal labs to the private sector and commercialization.

Prior to FirstLink, Allen was an Executive Vice President and COO at MCCS, Inc. He was responsible for new business development and the maintenance and expansion of responsibility and relationships with existing clients. Allen also served as a Program Manager for several efforts, including; a Defense Logistics Agency initiative for hazardous materials identification, sorting, and tracking. He also supported the development of a DoD forecasting and management tool for pharmaceuticals and medical/surgical equipment during the worldwide crisis and served as a subject matter expert to Defense Advanced Research Program’s Advanced Logistics Program.

Before joining the private sector, Mr. Jones was a defense employee and worked as an Army project officer supporting asset visibility and logistics systems development and deployment. He worked as a Project Manager in Europe with duties including consulting to Army and Air Force activities on asset visibility and accounting problems related to the Conventional Arms Reduction Treaty between the Warsaw Pact and NATO.

Areas of Expertise

  • Federal Research & Developing Funding
  • Federal Procurement
  • Technology Transfer
  • Business Development Program Management