JSL Technologies, Inc.

JSL Technologies, Inc.

Joseph T. Black III, CEO/President of JSL Technologies, Inc. (JSL), researched SBA certifications and discovered the 8(a) program when he attended an SBA Los Angeles District Office onsite seminar in 2010.  Being a Veteran, a minority and from a disadvantaged background, Black spoke with a Business Opportunity Specialist and began the 8(a) certification process.  JSL was formed in 2008, and while business survived, once it became 8(a) certified, it thrived.  “The company’s numbers are staggering.  In 2014, we won over eight contracts as a Prime contractor for both 8(a) sole source and competitive Unrestrictive contracts with the DoD Federal Government,” said James Savage, Executive Vice President for Business Development. Savage, who joined JSL in 2010, added, “This span of contracts contributed to over 30% growth of JSL.” 

JSL provides Program Management, Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation (T&E), Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) and In-Service Engineering (ISE) support for combat systems, weapon systems and equipment at shore sites and on-board US Navy Ships. JSL’s customer support includes the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme, CA, COMPACFLT Pearl Harbor, HI, Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake, NAVFAC Port Hueneme, CA, Department of Transportation (DOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) Washington, DC and the Naval Post Graduate School Center for Asymmetric Warfare Point Mugu, CA.JSL Technologies, Inc.

Since becoming SBA 8(a) certified, Black has turned the company, which started with three people from scratch, into a major player in the defense industry today with more than 100 employees.

Black is no newcomer to the DoD, he and his two founding partners have worked for the Department of Defense throughout their respective professional careers. They have each worked extensively for or with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) and have had extremely successful careers supporting that particular Command and Navy headquarters in Washington DC. Subsequent to their very successful government careers, each have had outstanding careers in the private sector before forming JSL.

“In retrospect,” Black said, “The year 2008 was not the most opportune time for anyone to start a new business due to the national economy starting its free fall. However, we had a sound Business Plan and we were dedicated so we took the risk,” Black added.

After a JSL Growth Strategy was developed and approved by the Board of Directors, investigating and securing SBA small business certifications were of the highest priority and Black pursued all certifications that JSL qualified for. Veteran-Owned, (self-certified) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) 8(a) certifications were personally investigated and researched and became the cornerstones of JSL’s Business Plan. “We also began recruiting new program and marketing managers to increase gross revenues,” Black said.

JSL’s Business Plan is very realistic yet very aggressive. Despite big challenges during the very early start up years and the various transitions as the company grows, Black has been successful in attaining financial stability requirements by obtaining SBA backed loans to meet company operational requirements for account payables to ensure JSL continues to operate while invoicing for account receivables.

Once established in the DoD arena, JSL’s plan was to expand outside the DoD to diversify the company and not depend solely on DoD contracts. JSL now supports the Department of Transportation and was recently certified by Toshiba as a preferred vendor in the telecommunications arena.

Black’s goal for JSL is to continue to focus on various Federal Agencies’ “Five year Acquisition Plans” and target those small business and large business opportunities that were identified in JSL’s Business Plan and in the Company’s area of expertise.

Black contributes JSL’s success to staying the course as outlined in the Business Plan and in identifying and hiring a good mixture of engineers and retired military personnel. “With this critical mix of personnel, JSL is well suited for pursuing upcoming opportunities in the local area and those at Navy Headquarters and other Naval Surface Warfare Centers, Naval Undersea Warfare Centers (NUWC), SPAWAR and other agencies across the country,” said Black.

In 2014, Black was nominated for the SBA Small Business Person of the year award.