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StratComm, Inc. named SBA Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year for Massachusetts; StratComm president and CEO Robert George named SBA Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year

Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Release Number: 
16-10
Contact: 
Norman Eng, 617-565-8510

BOSTON – The Small Business Administration (SBA) has named StratComm, Inc. the 2016 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year for Massachusetts, and has named StratComm founder and president, Robert George, the Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year.

StratComm earned the recognition from the SBA for its success in navigating an ever-changing economic landscape to evolve from an acclaimed book publishing company into an innovative, agile communications and project management firm serving 13 federal agencies, the Armed Forces, and Fortune 500 companies. The company’s clients include IBM, Goldman Sachs, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the United States Navy, Air Force, and the U.S. Departments of State, Education, Veterans Affairs, Treasury, and Agriculture.

“Mr. George founded the Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business in 1978 as Boston Publishing Company following his tour in Vietnam as a Marine Corps pilot, where he flew 118 combat missions,” said Robert Nelson, Massachusetts SBA District Director.  “Under his leadership, inspiration, and continued reinvestment, StratComm has grown its workforce by more than 100 percent over the last three years and is ranked number 12 on Boston Business Journal’s list of largest veteran-owned companies in Massachusetts. “

“We owe a great deal of StratComm’s success to the support provided to us by SBA and by Len Green, Procurement Advisor at the Procurement Technical Assistance Center,” said Robert George, President & CEO, StratComm, Inc. “SBA’s assistance and counsel, guiding us through the process of federal contracting, has been invaluable.”

The company first achieved national acclaim when it produced The Vietnam Experience, the landmark historical account of the Vietnam War, published by Time-Life Books. The 25-volume series, inspired by Mr. George’s service in Vietnam, was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and to this day is the best-selling book series of all time.

Over his more than 35 years as a small business leader, Mr. George has configured StratComm to best reflect the technologies and global business trends of the time. StratComm manages large, multifaceted, mission-critical federal programs worldwide utilizing emerging technologies and state-of-the-art logistics. Building on its roots in publishing, StratComm also manages content creation and web design and development programs, creating high-quality print and technical publications, websites, and web-based training platforms. With a collective knowledge base spanning all key business sectors and a dedicated team of talented professionals, StratComm analyzes, engineers, and implements unique solutions to the complex requirements of major federal programs. 

StratComm recently led the management, streamlining, and implementation of the Social Security Administration (SSA) Verbatim Hearing Recorder (VHR) program for the Offices of Disability and Review in the New England region. For many years, this large, robust agency faced the sizable and complex challenge of managing individual subcontractors to support the VHR program. After thorough analysis of the program, the StratComm team introduced significant scheduling efficiencies, facilitating communications between SSA and the VHRs and coordinating the program under a single management structure, yielding notable improvements in program performance.

 

Mr. George’s passion for history and world affairs has led StratComm to pursue challenging assignments in developing countries around the world for agencies such as the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). StratComm has successfully executed two prime contracts for USAID in Indonesia and Tanzania to deliver millions of educational books to school-age children.

 

In Indonesia, the company had a requirement to print, bind, kit, and deliver 7.5 million early-grade reading books and teacher guides to 11,000 schools across the country—within five months. The StratComm team quickly coordinated many intricate moving parts, from printing, to packaging, to international logistics, warehousing, and distribution, while closely monitoring quality control, ensuring that each of the millions of books precisely met the rigorous specifications. Through vigorous coordination with vendors, the program concluded successfully and ahead of schedule, ensuring that more than 3 million elementary school children in Indonesia will now have access to reading books in their classroom. 

In Tanzania, StratComm delivered 2.5 million math and science books as part of a U.S. Presidential initiative, inspiring millions of Tanzanian school children to pursue their educational and career aspirations.

“The challenges of printing, binding and delivering very large-scale orders halfway around the world would be considerable for a large business. The fact that StratComm was able to not only meet but exceed USAID/Tanzania’s demanding requirements on such a short time-frame, was nothing short of extraordinary,” said Douglas Dye, USAID/Tanzania Contracting & Agreement Officer. “This is a powerful testament to Bob’s leadership and can-do attitude, as well as his team’s thorough and uncompromising professionalism. In my four years at AID, no contractor ever performed better on behalf of the taxpayer.”

In addition, Mr. George, who was an active pilot in the Marine Reserves and the Civil Air Patrol, flew medical supplies from Hanscom Air Force Base to JFK Airport during the evening of September 11, 2001 to support emergency medical responders.

“SBA’s Disaster Relief Loan Program provided much needed support on 9/11 when the offices of our sister company’s client, Deloitte Touche, were consumed by fire following the fall of the twin towers,” said George.  

Mr. George will be honored in Washington, D.C. on May 1-2 at a special ceremony as part of National Small Business Week, which since 1963 has brought small business leaders from across the country together to honor their valuable work.

About SBA National Small Business Week:
Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small business, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.
For more information on National Small Business Week, please visit: www.sba.gov/nsbw/nsbw

About StratComm, Inc.:

Based in Natick, MA, Strategic Communications, Inc. (StratComm) has served the communications, training, and project management needs of Fortune 500 companies, many federal agencies, and all branches of the Armed Forces for over 35 years. For more information on StratComm Inc., please visit: www.stratcomm.com.

 

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