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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 –(– 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). 

BPI Plumbing Wins $550,000 Task Order

May 28, 2014 in News, Success Stories

BPI Plumbing, a service disabled veteran-owned small business serving San Diego County since 1976 and client of the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center, was awarded a task order via a Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) with Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest on September 23, 2013 in the amount of $550,000 to replace plumbing fixtures.  Additionally, BPI Plumbing was also awarded a BOA with a maximum order limit of $3,000,000 with the U.S. Coast Guard on November 20, 2013.  BPI Plumbing is 8(a) certified and provides plumbing services to government, commercial, and residential customers.

Since BPI Plumbing began working with the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center in May 2006, the company has received technical assistance on locating government business opportunities, government certifications and registrations, recommended marketing strategies for government customers, 8(a) marketing tactics, networking with government customers, responding to requests/invitations for bids, and how to create a capabilities statement for targeting government customers.

Novus Origo Wins $5,000,000 Contract from FRA/Volpe Center

December 23, 2013 in News, Success Stories

San Diego, CA – On November 20, 2013, Novus Origo, a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and client of the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center was awarded a contract of $5,000,000 from the Federal Railway Administration (FRA)/Volpe Center to provide training, conference and event coordination, and website development services to the FRA’s monitoring and technical assistance services for the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Discretionary Grant program. Additionally, Novus Origo also recently received a contract award from the Veterans Administration on September 17, 2013, in the amount of $2,500,000, to provide web based training design and development services, as well as an IDIQ contract award from the State of Montana on July 30, 2013, to provide information technology project management services.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novus Origo designs innovative strategies, delivers integrated management solutions, implements new processes and technologies, and provides organizational transformation & training services which result in improved operational performance. Their team of professionals have extensive management consulting and training experience, and are responsible for developing the methodologies used by leading consulting firms.  Novus Origo provides consulting services in the areas of; Information Technology (HRIT, Cloud, Cyber Security, SaaS, & ITO), Sourcing & Acquisition, Systems Integration, Operations Management, Organizational Transformation & Training Solutions, Business Process Management (Operations & Human Resources), and Outsourcing (BPO, HRO, RPO, and BPaaS) services.

Since becoming a client in September 2004, Novus Origo has received one-on-one assistance and classroom training on numerous topics, including getting started in government contracting, certifications and registrations, marketing strategies, obtaining a GSA schedule contract, submitting a proposal and obtaining a Navy Seaport-e contract, and teaming with prime contractors.