NCC Graduates from 8(a) Small Business Development Program
By Chris Marquez, NCC President and CEO
Summer is the time to celebrate graduations, and this June all of us at NCC celebrated a graduation of our own. On June 30th, we graduated from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development program (Clients who still wish to get to us through direct award can for seven more years on the GSA 8(a) STARSII vehicle). The purpose of the 8(a) Program, according to the SBA, is to act as “an essential instrument for helping socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society. The program helps thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs to gain a foothold in government contracting.” NCC is a shining example of how a company can successfully utilize the marketing advantages of the 8(a) Business Program to “gain a foothold in government contracting.”
Since being accepted into the 8(a) Program nine years ago, we have grown from 5 to 100 employees, added more than 20 government agencies as regular clients, and established a half-dozen strong partnerships with medium and large primes. We have bolstered our infrastructure, assembled a world-class executive team, and hired expert employees in order to broaden our capabilities and increase competitiveness. In short, we have equipped ourselves to compete effectively after our graduation from the 8(a) Program.
All of us at NCC are extremely grateful to the SBA and our clients who have been instrumental in helping us achieve great success since our founding 12 years ago. We appreciate the support our clients have given us and we are excited to continue making communication and collaboration happen®.