JACKIE HAI: High-tech American Industrial Labs makes diagnostic medical equipment for the vision care field. We are the only U.S. manufacturer of specular microscopes and pioneers in digital video split lab imaging. My mother founded this company in 1996 and for the last 16 years we have designed, developed, built state of the art technology at eye banks, doctor's offices, universities and hospitals around the world.
VIVIAN XUE:By our customer request for better products, we made our first system in five months with no funding and only a handful of credit cards. This became the industry's first system with VGA display and a wide field of view up to today no one can surpass. My doctor friends say, "You are a minority woman-owned business. You should apply for a government contract."
JACKIE HAI: But for any small business the many steps involved to becoming a U.S. government contractor can be a daunting process, and that is where the SBA helped us. Through the use of resources available at SBA.Gov, such as the table of small business standards, government contracting courses in the online small business training section, and the guide to the Women Owned Small Business Program, we became a registered company in the Federal CCR and the dynamic small business search. In 2011, we completed our first government contract at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and today we have several more contracts in the making. Thanks to the SBA, we are continuing to grow and expand our operations. By far, the most rewarding part of growing our business is the ability to give back to communities in need. Since the beginning of 2012, for each domestic equipment sale, HAI Labs and the HAI Center for Humanity is funding one science class at a high poverty school near our customers. Our mission is to support the basic building blocks of education for America's next generation of scientists. This is just the beginning. We hope that through the continued support of the SBA, we can do even better and contribute more to creating healthy sustainable communities.