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Gemini Industries Inc. Awarded Small Business Person of the Year and Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Release Date: 
Monday, April 24, 2017
Release Number: 
17-6
Contact: 
Norman Eng 617-565-8510

BOSTON – The Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Gemini Industries Inc. the 2017 Small Business Person of the Year and 2017 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year for Massachusetts

Gemini earned the recognition from the SBA for its success of more than 30 years supporting National Security projects and private industry high-level leaders. The company has supported U.S. Conventional and Special Forces, Improvised-Threat Defeat, Counter Terrorism, and International Programs.

“Victoria Bondoc has created more than 1,360 jobs and grown Gemini to operations at 12 locations across the United States and overseas,” SBA’s Massachusetts District Director Robert Nelson said.  “Under Ms. Bondoc’s leadership, Gemini has increased sales over a three-year period by 800% in contract awards - a testament to the No-Fail, No-Excuses execution approach that has become their competitive edge.“

Over the three-year period between January 1, 2013 and the end of 2015 -- Ms. Bondoc increased Gemini’s employee base by more than 2X the GDP growth; and increased Gemini’s net worth by $1.8 million -- despite DoD budget limitations and the lowest price technical acceptable strategy employed on many procurements. Victoria deployed unique strategies to increase net worth and profitability without reducing employee salaries. 

Gemini started as a certified SBA Small Disadvantaged Business and as a participant in the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program.  During that time, contracts awarded under the SBA 8(a) program have supported:  Air Force Rome Laboratory at Hansom AFB and Griffiss AFB; the Volpe Center and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration within the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Since graduating from the SBA’s 8(a) program, Ms. Bondoc has had to navigate through several challenging obstacles ranging from shrinking defense budgets -- to loss of revenue due to government shutdown and across-the-board budget cutbacks imposed by sequestration.

As Gemini’s sole Founder, Victoria started Gemini at the age of 26 in 1986 -- with only $1,500 in personal savings, as a small information systems and facilities management firm based in Boston, MA.  Victoria’s parents immigrated to the United States from the Philippines and instilled strong values and hard work ethic that has translated to the success of Gemini.  Early in life, she was diagnosed with a rare lifelong vision impairment called -- Cone Dystrophy -- that did not stop her from being successful in life.  Although she inherited a severe disability, she doesn’t use it as an excuse and continues to inspire others to achieve their dreams.

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude,” said Bondoc. “Life does not care about what you want, what you need, or what you deserve. Bad things happen to good people.  A positive attitude is the most powerful tool we have to fight life’s misfortunes.  The will to fight and the will to succeed – help you create the future that you choose and to achieve your goals.”

Ms. Bondoc continues giving back to the community in several ways.  Victoria has contributed more than $170,000 to support business and community programs for charitable causes including: The Ellie Fund, The Bill Belichick Foundation, The American Cancer Society, Dana Farber, Churches, and The Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Today, Gemini supports National Security leaders responsible for high priority projects and business executives who are committed to their organization's success.

“The Gemini Edge” is Gemini’s consulting service designed for business leaders who are aggressively growing their business, or are facing big challenges. Companies can apply lessons from the “Battlefield to the Boardroom” to get the edge over their competitors. Military veterans share their training and skills to help businesses defeat their competitors and achieve their goals. And returning veterans share the tactics employed serving the country to benefit private industry and the US economy.

Gemini has also advised high-level leaders and supported some of the most complex National Security projects, ranging from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing to the 2015 terrorist attack in France. Gemini has been headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts for more than 10 years.

The company was nominated by Pedro Torres, Advanced Solutions Division Director at Gemini Industries Inc.

Victoria Bondoc, President/CEO will be honored at an SBA awards lunch along with the other 2017 Massachusetts Small Business Week winners at Granite Links Golf Club on May 2, 2017.

 

About the U.S. Small Business Administration:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.  To learn more, visit www.sba.gov

 

About Gemini Industries Inc.:

Based in Burlington, MA, Gemini Industries Inc.  (Gemini) has served the acquisition, communications, logistics, management and business operations, technology integration, training, and project management needs of Fortune 500 companies, many federal agencies, and all branches of the Armed Forces for over 30 years. For more information on Gemini, please visit: www.gemini-ind.com