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VSolvit Team Takes Big Step Forward with SBA 8(a) Program Assistance
VSolvit was founded in 2006 by Payal Kamdar. VSolvit (pronounced ‘We Solve It’) develops geospatial and information technology solutions for government and private sector clients. VSolvit is also a certified SBA 8(a) firm and Women Owned Small Business.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development (USDA RD) designated geographic information system procurement as an 8(a) set aside. VSolvit competed and won this five-year $14.5 million 8(a) competitive contract and within their first year of performance demonstrated how a small 8(a) firm can provide outstanding service to their customers.
One example of VSolvit’s innovation is an application that integrated Rural Development’s geospatial system with social media platforms such as Flickr and YouTube. This ingenious web application enhanced the USDA Rural Development’s community outreach efforts, lowered costs and enabled personalized, location-based data sharing. Based upon VSolvit’s sound execution and delivery on the program, they were nationally recognized as the USDA's 2011 Woman Owned Business of the Year.
This early success has garnered the attention of other prospects as VSolvit’s customer list has grown to include multiple agencies within the Navy and USDA as well as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and local government agencies.
Ms. Kamdar acknowledges that her business’ success is in large part due to VSolvit’s talented team members, the SBA and her advisors. “Without the generous support from SBA and its programs, VSolvit could not have transformed from a one person outfit in 2006 to the successful company it is today,” said Ms. Kamdar. “If small businesses are the growth engines of our economy, then SBA is the vital engineer who keeps the engine roaring.” VSolvit is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program with Long Beach Community College District.
After leading VSolvit to national recognition for innovative information technology/geospatial solution development, Ms. Kamdar was recently honored by the SBA for driving VSolvit’s “exemplary growth and success.” Kamdar was named Region IX Minority Small Business Person of the Year, which recognizes small business owners across California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii. Kamdar will be traveling to Washington, D.C. in October to receive the honor at the White House on behalf of VSolvit.