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StraCon Services Group, LLC (StraCon)

Deborah Paris

Deborah Paris, President and Manager of StraCon Services Group, LLC (StraCon) has over 20 years’ experience supporting the government as an Integrated Product Team (IPT) member while working for various government services companies as well as with Bell Helicopter providing flight simulators for the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft for Marine Corps and Air Force clients.

In 2010, Deborah faced multiple challenges in obtaining capital for her business but forged ahead by pursuing an SBA loan and was subsequently approved for $125,000. That same year, Deborah, became certified to engage in the federal contracting arena by being accepted into the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program. This is a 9 year program that allows socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses to obtain set-a-side contracts with federal agencies.

"StraCon has benefited from the mentorship provided by Mr. Kevin Sloan a SBA Business Opportunity Specialists (BOS) in the Dallas/Fort Worth SBA office. His advice and counseling with developing long-term business strategies has and continues to be outstanding. Mr. Ahmad Goree, StraCon’s first SBA specialist was also instrumental in encouraging Deborah to apply for a unique opportunity called the e200 Emerging Leaders Program. " said Deborah.

SBA’s Emerging Leaders Executive Training Program is a free course that is taught over a period of six months that trains small business executives to become stronger and more profitable business owners. As part of a comprehensive curriculum, Deborah was required to develop and present a three-year Strategic Growth Action Plan (SGAP) with benchmarks and performance targets to a guest panel. Deborah spent well over 100 hours of classroom and CEO mentoring time and was provided the opportunity to learn new strategies and forge important relationships with other business owners. She graduated from the program in 2011.

This course greatly enabled Ms. Paris to develop successful business execution strategies that resulted in consistent and significant growth for StraCon over the next 4 years. StraCon has shown consistent increases in revenue between 2012 and 2016, despite a limited funding environment within the government. This plan was instrumental in helping StraCon grow from 8 employees in 2010 to over 100 today. This valuable training helped StraCon take the company to the next level.