Sanquinetta Dover says she first learned about the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program in Chicago where she operated her first small business. Her knowledge of the program ended up paying dividends after her Atlanta-based company, DoverStaffing Inc., was certified as an 8(a) and Small Disadvantaged Business in 2003.
DoverStaffing was established in 1996 in Atlanta and has grown from only twenty employees when it entered the 8(a) program to a current payroll of over 200 people.
Since its certification, Dover Staffing has received 6 contracts through the 8(a) program for a total of $9.8 million. The first contract came in 2006 when the company was named the prime contractor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cotton Division to provide administrative staff and light industrial machine operators. A second contract calls for the company to provide support and financial counselors nationwide to families of fallen soldiers for the U.S. Army Reserve’s Survivor Outreach Services.
The company’s latest contract is an award for the U.S. Department of Navy’s “SeaPort-e” program, the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services in 22 areas including Engineering, financial Management and Program Management.
Besides its Atlanta headquarters staff, the company now has employees based nationwide to handle additional contracts that include work for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).