Amos Otis grew up watching his mother run a successful small business. So after his retirement from the Air Force, Otis decided to start his own company helping the government recruit scientists and technicians for research laboratories.
In 1990, Otis qualified his business as an SBA 8(a) company. He took full advantage of the networking and training opportunities that SBA offered their 8(a) businesses. SoBran received its first 8(a) contract to operate a large warehouse at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. With that contract, SoBran employed eighteen people and established an exemplary track record that produced additional contracts and continued growth.
By the time SoBran graduated from the 8(a) Program in 1999, the company had grown to 300 employees and had sales of approximately $28 million.
Today, SoBran provides solutions to complex problems for the engineering, biomedical, mail security, and logistic industries. Major clients include The National Institute of Health, U.S. Armed Forces, Social Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and numerous universities. Last year sales reached $60 million and employment is currently 825 people. For the last five years, Black Enterprise Magazine has recognized SoBran as one of the top 100 black-owned companies in the nation.