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Local Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Wins Big with the Air Force

March 24, 2017 in News, Success Stories

Image of EOD R3 Strategic Support Group, Inc. (R3) is a Service Disabled Veteran–Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that provides innovative strategic solutions across a broad spectrum of government and commercial domains to rapidly identify Requirements, capture Resources, and maximize Readiness to accelerate their client’s success; henceforth, the name – R3.

For the past 7 years, R3 has been supporting DoD agencies, and other large public and private sector organizations with industry-leading professional services. The vast array of services offered by R3 include engineering, staff augmentation support, and consulting services in multiple technical & management areas, as well as providing Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technical support. EOD involves defusing dangerous explosive devices.  This process is critically important to the warfighter, and has historically been an expensive endeavor for DoD agencies.

R3 was recently awarded a total of 19 task orders, totaling $2,156,744.41, via a SDVOSB set-aside Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide the Air Force with EOD training, logistics support, and technical expertise globally. Jerry Shelton, the Program Manager for R3’s Air Force EOD Support Services stated, “R3’s diligence in logistics support enabled the redistribution of specialized EOD equipment to fill shortages at other locations in lieu of making new purchases, resulting in a total savings in excess of $7M.”

San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC) staff first began working with R3 staff in September of 2014. In June 2016, SDCOC staff provided R3 staff with assistance critical to retaining its SDVOSB certification. Similarly, in June 2016, R3 received additional technical assistance with updated regulatory information related to the recently updated teaming requirements, and the new limitations on subcontracting rule.

SDCOC staff continues to support R3 with relevant government contracting related information to include, contracting opportunity notifications, notifications for training and educational opportunities for government contracting professionals, as well as access to business development services. With a mission to assist small businesses win and successfully perform on government contracts, SDCOC looks forward to our continued support of R3’s government contracting technical assistance needs.

Local Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Wins Big with Set-Aside Contract

October 26, 2016 in News, Success Stories

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INDUS Technology, Inc. (INDUS), a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in San Diego, CA, recently won a $43.5 million task order with the Navy. INDUS has provided Government services for nineteen years, is stable and growing firm with an excellent reputation as both a prime and subcontractor, INDUS provides services in C4I Communication Systems, Engineering, Program Management, Logistics, Information Technology, Information Assurance, Acquisition and Financial Management support.

INDUS is a successful company because they execute exceptionally well in three core areas; delivering first-rate services that ensure project outcomes, maintaining a talented team, and cultivating strong strategic partnerships with industry leaders. As a result, INDUS has been recognized as one of the “Fastest Growing Company in San Diego” eleven consecutive years with the San Diego Business Journal, the “Best Company to Work For” by the San Diego Work Force Partnership three separate times, as well as many other notable recognitions.

In their spare time, the company’s senior management have been long-time mentors to, and advocates for other small businesses. INDUS personnel actively spearhead events and efforts of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Small Business Committee, collaborating with both industry and government to help improve small business participation in federal contracting.

INDUS’ hard work and dedication to supporting their customer’s mission critical projects have also been recognized and are evident with this most recent SDVOSB $43.5 million task order award under the NAVSEA Seaport-e contract with the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Port Hueneme Division (PHD). The scope of this task order provides Engineering, Logistics, Policy, and Administrative support services to the Ship Defense and Expeditionary Warfare Department. INDUS leadership and personnel have developed strong business relationships and built their team to include all small businesses with reputations for solid performance at NSWC PHD, including prior incumbent, Engineering Services Network (ESN).

The San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC) first began working with INDUS staff in 2003 and has assisted INDUS with one-on-one counseling and training on a variety of government contracting topics including registrations, ISO- 9001 certification, cost and pricing strategies, subcontracting agreements, Government market research, marketing tactics, and the Center for Veteran Enterprises (CVE) SDVOSB verification. With a mission to assist small businesses with winning and successfully performing on government contracts, SDCOC looks forward to its continued support of INDUS’ government contracting activities and development.

INDUS’s accomplishment is uniquely special to the SDCOC. As a result of INDUS’ recent task order award, SDCOC has surpassed the $1 billion milestone in supporting small businesses to win Government contracts. For more than 20 years, SDCOC has assisted small businesses with winning millions of dollars in contracts. Surpassing this milestone demonstrates how valuable SDCOC’s support has become to small businesses in the San Diego area. Thank you INDUS!

Local Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Lands Subcontracts with BAE Systems

August 3, 2016 in News, Success Stories

Naval CoatingsNaval Coating, Inc. (NCI), a San Diego based service disabled veteran owned small business, is a successful company for many reasons; not the least of which is because they were recently awarded multiple sub-contracts with BAE Systems.  NCI recently received two large sub-contracts worth a combined value of nearly $4 million to provide a new standard of ship maintenance on four Navy vessels:  USS Cape St. George, USS Rushmore, USS Higgins, and USS Paul Hamilton.  The objective of this new maintenance concept is to control escalating repair costs in an increasingly austere defense budgetary environment while at the same time providing increased opportunity for small businesses to participate in ship repair work.  NCI was a natural choice for this work because of its proven track record of aggressive preservation and identification, adoption, and implementation of innovative methods in the ship repair and maintenance line of work.

For more than forty years, NCI has blasted, cleaned, preserved and applied specialized protective coatings to the exterior hulls of many of the mighty ships serving in the US Navy, as well as cleaning and coating all exposed topside equipment, structures, and fittings for many classes of ships, to include aircraft carriers.  NCI’s commitment to excellence is the reason for why their reputation is as stellar as it is, and why they are a trusted source for leadership and innovation in ship maintenance.

San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC) staff first began working with NCI staff in October of 2003; at that time, multiple NCI staff attended an SDCOC workshop training entitled ISO 9000: Quality Management Overview.  Since then, SDCOC staff have continued to assist NCI with multiple government contracting related tasks and technical assistance with topics ranging from market research to socio-economic certifications, like the 8(a) Business Development and HUBZone Certifications.  With a mission to assist small businesses win and successfully perform on government contracts, SDCOC looks forward to our continued support of NCI’s government contracting technical assistance needs.

Local Small Business Continues to Win DOD Engineering Design Contracts

May 13, 2016 in News, Success Stories

ATA Engineering, a sixteen-year old small business engineering services company in San Diego, CA, recently received two large contracts with DoD agencies; specifically, ATA was awarded an SBIR Phase II Contract for $912,625.00 to develop finite element analysis (FEA) tools capable of predicting the post-damage kinematic response of shipboard mechanical systems for the Navy, and a $1.5 million Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP) contract to develop a method and system for ground-based calibration of the structural monitoring health sensors aboard the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for the Air Force.

ATA Engineering is a provider of analysis and test-driven design solutions focusing on the engineering needs of major manufacturers in addressing their cost, quality, and time-to-market engineering challenges for mechanical and aerospace systems. ATA has built its stellar reputation for its commercial and government customers by using advanced computer-aided engineering software to solve problems in the aerospace, biomedical, automotive, entertainment, and consumer products industries.

SDCOC staff first began working with ATA Engineering staff in November 2011 to assist with, initially, refining their marketing tools and strategy, to more complex topics, which included technical assistance with navigating a successful DCAA audit, and preparing a final patent report on another federal contract. Since then, SDCOC staff have continued to assist ATA Engineering by providing timely & concise responses to complex contracting questions for both pre-award and post-award stages. With a mission to assist small businesses win and successfully perform on government contracts, the SDCOC looks forward to our continued support of ATA Engineering’s government contracting technical assistance needs via our flagship one-on-one Business Advisory Services free of charge.

Local Small Business Helps Disabled Vets Get Back in the Race

February 19, 2016 in News, Success Stories

PHP Photo 6 FabricationPeter Harsch Prosthetics (PHP), a small business located in San Diego, California, has gained quite a reputation for providing excellent patient care.  As a family-run prosthetic clinic with a focus on fitting active amputees with high-performance artificial limbs, this is no easy feat.  Nonetheless, the company expects 100 percent patient satisfaction and is committed to provide this no matter how long it may take.  PHP’s hard work and dedication to their patients recently landed them a $14,000,000 Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

While an expert in prostheses, the company does not consider themselves government contracting experts.  However, with the majority of their patients receiving VA benefits, the company definitely knew they needed to pursue contracting opportunities with the VA.  They quickly realized they needed some help in this area.  By word of mouth, they stumbled upon San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC), a program that assists small businesses with government contracting at no cost.

SDCOC staff first began working with Peter Harsch Prosthetics in November 2012, shortly after the company opened and provided assistance on registrations, certifications, and government marketing strategies.  After successfully landing numerous individual purchase orders with the VA, the company decided to compete for a much larger IDIQ multiple award contract.  SDCOC staff Ken Adam and Trisha Ferrand assisted the company in putting together the proposal and pricing for the opportunity.  The company’s proposal was a success, as they were recently notified they are one of three successful San Diego based companies awarded the VA’s IDIQ contract for prostheses.  This new VA contract will streamline the purchasing process, making it much easier for these wounded warriors and high performance athletes to get back on track and back into the race.

SDCOC Client Receives Highest Honors for Veteran’s Web Based Self-Help Training Course

September 8, 2015 in News, Success Stories

San Diego, CA, September 4, 2015 –(PR.com)– Novus Origo has received the highest honor bestowed by the judges of “Best in Class” in three separate categories during the annual Interactive Media Council Awards(SM) program, a competition that recognizes the highest standards of excellence in website design and development and honors individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement. The IMC judges evaluated Novus Origo based on five criteria: Design, Content, Feature Functionality, Usability and Standards Compliance, and the panel of leading designers, developers, programmers, advertisers, and other web professionals chose Novus Origo’s Web Based training course from more than 450 entries.

Novus Origo’s winning web based self-help course is an interactive behavioral health training course for Veterans titled Anger & Irritability Management Skills (AIMS). The content for AIMS was developed by behavioral experts and is based on 20+ years of working with Veterans. It provides support for Veterans who may have mental or behavioral health concerns, and features video production and training scenarios from real Veterans who have had anger issues and benefited from the course. Team Novus Origo working closely with the VA’s Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) developed the AIMS web-based training for the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist Veterans in better understanding their strengths and weaknesses, defining anger trigger points, identifying goals, and formulating personal plans that can be implemented to confidently identify and manage demanding anger situations.

“We are excited to participate in the 2015 Interactive Media Council’s Awards competition, and are extremely honored to have our web based course selected as “Best in Class” in three separate categories,” said Paul Cevolani, Novus Origo CEO. “We believe in this course and one of our strategic goals as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) is to support ways to help our fellow veterans.”

“To receive the Interactive Media Council’s highest honor, in not one but three categories, is more than humbling” said Olen Pepple, Novus Origo COO. “We truly believe that this self-help course provides our fellow Veterans the skills and tools to assist them as they combat anger issues.”

The annual Interactive Media Awards™ is an international competition that recognizes the highest standards of excellence in website design and development and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement.

Novus Origo is an employee-owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that has generated millions of dollars in value for our clients by solving their most complex business challenges. Our teams of proven industry leaders are hand-picked for their expertise in the areas of Strategy and Operations, IT and Program Management, Human Performance and Training Solutions. We are passionate about creating value for our clients and stand behind the results our team will deliver.

Bak-Re-Pair Lands Contract with the Defense Commissary Agency

July 28, 2015 in News, Success Stories

Bak-Re-Pair, Inc., a woman-owned small business located in San Diego, California, recently received a $329,000 contract award from the Defense Commissary Agency (DECA) to provide commercial equipment repair and preventive maintenance for Southern California commissary stores. This is the first government contract Bak-Re-Pair, Inc. has been awarded. Bak-Re-Pair, Inc. had been pursuing a contract with DECA for quite some time and are excited to finally find success with the agency, especially since the contract’s scope of work is an exact fit for the services provided by the company.

Bak-Re-Pair, Inc. is a mechanical company that services and maintains food service equipment, service packaging equipment and other commercial equipment, providing parts and service from installation to preventive maintenance. With an in-house machine shop, the company can manufacture or repair custom rollers, racks, carts, and special application equipment, with an experienced background in air handling equipment repair.

Needing assistance with understanding how to respond to the Request for Proposals released by DECA earlier this year, Bak-Re-Pair, Inc. was referred to the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC) to receive help with submitting a proposal for this business opportunity. With a mission of helping small businesses obtain government contracts, SDCOC specializes in providing this type of assistance free of charge. Senior Procurement Advisor, Tim Warren, met with Bak-Re-Pair, Inc. to walk the company through how to develop a thorough and responsive proposal. The assistance proved to be exactly what the company needed, as Bak-Re-Pair was awarded the contract in May 2015.

“The proposal was very overwhelming and the contract specialist recommended PTAC for help and we are so glad we did. PTAC made the contract much more easy to understand and their help was invaluable in our preparation and completion of the proposal. We know we were awarded the contract with the help of PTAC.”, says Debbie Gilbert, Vice President of Bak-Re-Pair, Inc.

Sterling Design Finds Contracting Success with a Little Help from a Friend

April 27, 2015 in News, Success Stories

Sterling Design, Inc., a small business located in Oceanside, California, has found success in prime contracting with a little help from a local small business resource program, the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC).  Since 2007, Sterling Design has been awarded numerous prime contracts from the Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force and most recently received its first contract with the Army to deliver displays for the Abrams Main Battle Tank.

The company has designed, manufactured and repaired constituent electronic assemblies for U.S and NATO weapon systems for 25 years. Having significant experience as a DOD subcontractor already, the company became a client of SDCOC in 2007.  Sterling Design was seeking  assistance in locating federal contracting opportunities and bidding as a prime contractor, since the market for new designs had shrunk significantly in size.

“Sterling Design is a avid user of SDCOC’s bid match software system. Additionally, the Procurement Advisors, specifically Tim Warren, are an immense resource for mentoring me on critical issues of federal acquisition rules and practice. Tim and others are experienced, knowledgeable and approachable. They have rendered Sterling Design invaluable advice through the years”, states Dick Kessler, President.

“Our most  recent contract award with the Army is illustrative of the active involvement of SDCOC’s Procurement Advisors and their invaluable advice”, further explains Dick Kessler. After winning the contract, the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) required a preaward survey audit. Despite having 25 years of successful performance, the DCMA representatives deemed Sterling Design not qualified to perform the contract.  As a result, the Army Contracting Office requested that the company obtain a Certificate of Competency (COC) through the U.S. Small Business Administration, a process that allows small businesses to obtain a “second opinion” audit of sorts by submitting a rigorous amount of performance and financial documentation to a SBA review team.

SDCOC staff then provided Sterling Design with advice and tips on how to obtain a successful outcome with the Certificate of Competency (COC) process.  Dick Kessler explains, “The advice of Tim Warren was concise and vital…give them everything they ask for and more. He was right!  And we were finally awarded the contract. SDCOC is not only your friend and advisor, they are also your partner in success”.

United Support Services Receives Contracts with USAF & Department of Treasury

January 8, 2015 in News, Success Stories

United Support Services (USS), an 8(a) certified, HUBZone certified, Small Disadvantaged, and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business located in Oceanside, California, has received recent prime contracts awarded from the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Treasury.

The $417,000 contract with the U.S. Air Force, Space and Missile Command was awarded in August 2014 to provide art, graphics, and animation services in support of major multimedia projects. Additionally, USS provided over $1M of software, hardware and technical warranty support to the Department of Treasury in 2014, including a recent $615,000 contract in September 2014 to supply data center systems.

With SAIC as a teaming partner, the company has also been successful in obtaining work on a contract with the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Communications to design technology-based training and education programs using a variety of Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI) technologies.

USS provides a full range of Information Technology (IT) Support, Custom Software Design, Online Education and Training Programs, Cyber security Personnel, IT Systems & Network Engineering, Administrative and Professional Services to clients in government and commercial sectors.

Since United Support Services began working with the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC), the company has received technical assistance on a variety of topics, including locating government business opportunities, updating government certifications and registrations, marketing strategies for government customers, developing a capability statement for government customers, and partnering/teaming strategies.

CIC Research, Inc. Awarded Additional Task Orders from DOC

October 26, 2014 in News, Success Stories

CIC Research, Inc., a veteran and minority-owned small business and client of SDCOC, has received additional task orders from the Department of Commerce’s Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) to continue administering OTTI’s survey of International Air Travelers, a monthly survey of resident and non-resident international air travelers.  The company originally received the contract in the amount of $950,000 in January 2013, however, the total contract amount has now increased to $1,900,000 with the additional work. 

CIC Research, Inc. is a full-service marketing, economics and survey research firm located in San Diego, California.  The company provides expertise in the areas of marketing, economic, land use, financial analysis, survey design, data collection, coding, custom data processing, travel, tourism and events research, and full-service quantitative research. Since CIC Research, Inc. began working with the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC PTAC) in September 2004, the company has received technical assistance from SDCOC on a variety of topics, including locating government business opportunities, obtaining/completing government certifications and registrations, marketing strategies for government customers, obtaining a GSA schedule contract, and responding to requests for proposals (RFPs) and requests for quotes (RFQs).