UEC Electronics, LLC
In 1995, Rebecca Ufkes became her own boss and started UEC Electronics, an engineering firm offering design, prototyping, and manufacturing services.
Two years later, when UEC had reached 10 employees, Rebecca realized she needed help marketing her company. She turned to her local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), an SBA resource partner that provides free and confidential small business counseling. The SBDC helped her to create effective marketing materials to showcase UEC’s expanding capabilities.
In 2000, an industry slowdown interrupted UEC’s growth. To ensure her company’s survival, Rebecca decided to branch out into federal contracting. And once again, she turned to the SBDC for assistance. The SBDC helped her set up a Central Contractor Registration profile, navigate the federal contract listings and prepare contract proposals. Through the SBDC, Rebecca also met an SBA Procurement Center Representative. He soon became a kind of contracting mentor to Rebecca, providing advice on federal procurement issues for the better part of a decade.
Within three years, UEC had shifted its focus from the commercial to the federal market. By 2005, the company had grown to include 35 employees and had been accepted into the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program. The 8(a) Program helps small disadvantaged firms compete more effectively in the federal marketplace. Through 8(a), Rebecca gained exposure among federal agencies, and UEC’s prime contract opportunities quickly increased.
Since then, UEC has continued to grow. For example, UEC hired 11 employees and opened an additional 19,000 square foot facility in 2009, in the middle of the recession.
Now a major player in the government contracting arena, the company recently won a contract designing components for upgraded Amphibious Assault Vehicles. Currently, UEC has 115 employees, with requisitions for 6 more.