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SBA Names Eastern Pa. 2018 Woman-Owned Small Business of Year

Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Advisory Number: 
20180502-001
Contact: 
robert.goza@sba.gov
JAMA Enterprises DBA Strategic Consulting Partners introduced May 3

EASTERN Pa. – U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta officially introduces Eastern Pennsylvania’s Woman-Owned Business of the Year with Monica Ann Gould, President, JAMA Enterprises DBA Strategic Consulting Partners May 3 at 11 a.m. Media are invited to attend.

WHO:     Antonio (Tony) Leta, Director, U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District

                 Carol Kilko, Deputy Secretary for Business Financing, PA Department of Community & Economic Development

                 Monica Ann Gould, President, JAMA Enterprises DBA Strategic Consulting Partners

                 Jasmine Gould, Chief Development Officer, Strategic Consulting Partners

                 Rebecca Hollenbach, Director of Operations, Strategic Consulting Partners

                 Mechanicsburg, West Shore, and Harrisburg Chambers of Commerce

                  Invited: Local, state and federal officials

WHAT:   JAMA Enterprises DBA Strategic Consulting Partners introduced as Eastern Pennsylvania Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year; media tour of business with interview and photo opportunities

WHEN:    May 3 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: JAMA Enterprises DBA Strategic Consulting Partners, 836 Tamanini Way, Mechanicsburg, PA

“It’s wonderful to have the privilege to recognize the achievements of leading Pennsylvania woman-owned small businesses like Strategic Consulting Partners,” said Antonio (Tony) Leta, U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director.  “Small businesses like Monica’s help make our nation’s economy the strongest in the world. I’m proud SBA’s contracting programs and our lending and resource partners have a role to play in helping them start and succeed.”

SBA provided technical assistance through its 7(j) program in 2012 to help the firm refine its accounting systems to be compliant with DCAA standards. The firm also received SBA Express Loan line of credit through the firm’s bank, an SBA lending partner. The firm is a certified Women Owned Small Business and SBA 8(a) Business Development Program participant.

“I am very pleased and honored to win SBA’s prestigious Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year award,” said Monica Ann Gould, President, JAMA Enterprises DBA Strategic Consulting Partners. “SBA’s programs enable businesses to adapt and overcome challenges and that is how SCP approaches business challenges. The word ‘can't’ is not something we use often at SCP – if we do, we must follow-up with an alternative. I encourage our team to think outside the box to create new paradigms and develop realistic and practical solutions our clients can embrace and implement. This innovation and creativity is seen daily in the delivery of our work to SCP’s clients.”

SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program helps small businesses that are at least 51% owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals compete in the American economy and access the federal market. The program helps thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs to gain a foothold in government contracting. Participation in the 8(a) program is divided into two phases over nine years: a four-year developmental stage and a five-year transition stage. The program is structured to help 8(a) firms build their competitive and institutional know-how while encouraging them to participate in competitive acquisitions. The program gives firms the ability to receive sole-source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $7.0 million for manufacturing.

The 7(j) Management & Technical Assistance Program is authorized by the Small Business Act to provide assistance such as training, executive education and one-on-one consulting in a broad range of business disciplines such as marketing, strategic and operational planning, opportunity development and capture,  contract management, compliance and financial analysis. The program is for participants in SBA’s 8(a) program or small businesses located in an area of high unemployment or low-income.

Strategic Consulting Partners (SCP) is a full scope management consulting firm that works with clients to increase organizational capacity through strategic planning, organizational development, operations assessments, leadership development, staff training and coaching. As a strategy company, SCP works with clients to develop clear and practical tactical strategies to increase operational and organizational effectiveness. Working closely with key personnel, SCP not only develops plans that tie into the organization’s goals but helps the management team implement core elements of the strategy. The firm also often helps clients implement their project plans either through continued project management or interim management services. SCP works across all sectors, including federal, state and local government, nonprofit organizations, and corporate clients. SCP has 20 active current clients including the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Comcast Corporation and Hospice of Central Pa.

SCP President and Founder Monica Gould, MBA, CMC parlayed her leadership and strategic thinking skills as a former executive at MCI Telecommunications and Whirlpool Corporation to create her own business. For the past 23 years, she has grown her company exponentially. Her extensive expertise in all aspects of business led to a successful business specializing in strategic planning, organizational development, leadership and staff development for government, commercial and nonprofit organizations. She is an award-winning Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and was named one of the "Best 50 Women in Business" in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2009 and one of the 2016 Top 25 Women of Influence by the Central Penn Business Journal. A professional member of the National Speakers Association, she is a sought-after motivational speaker for many organizations regarding leadership, communication skills, leading through change, and the empowerment of women. She is an active volunteer: serving as a United Way leadership committee chair in which she helped her community receive over $11 million in community donations. She has been an active board volunteer for over 10 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region to include the role of Board Chair. In her free time, she is an avid gardener, world traveler, devoted wife, daughter, and a proud mother of two daughters.

SCP started as a single home office in a spare bedroom and now occupies a 1,400 sq. ft. office located in Mechanicsburg, Pa. All operations were done out of that single location. In order to bolster the federal government portion of the business, SCP opened another small home-based office in Arlington, Va. in 2009. In 2014, the company had just four employees supporting business development and contract work. In 2015, SCP secured four new Navy contracts that led the firm to grow to seven employees. In 2015, all Navy contract work was located on government facilities which negated the need for a physical office to house employees. In 2016, SCP garnered additional contracts that were more strategic in nature and required personnel to support projects off-site. SCP's nonprofit arm of the business also grew substantially requiring both a growth in office capacity and personnel. SCP expanded its Mechanicsburg headquarters to accommodate this growth and has continued to see revenues and employment growth. In 2017, SCP opened a third location in Crystal City, Va. to house its government contracting branch. Currently, SCP has 16 employees and anticipates further growth due to the expansion in the Metro DC area.

SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta presents Small Business Week Awards at the annual “SBA Awards” event May 15. For more information about attending the ceremony, visit https://bit.ly/2GFugdT.  

SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year award winner is selected annually from among nominees located across Pennsylvania’s eastern 40 counties. These events are local observances of the annual Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week recognizes the small business community’s contribution to the American economy. Learn more about National Small Business Week at https://www.sba.gov/national-small-business-week.

 

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

To request interviews or photos, contact Robert Goza, SBA’s Public Information Officer in the Eastern Pennsylvania District Office, at robert.goza@sba.gov or 610-382-3084.