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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.