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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... Read More

DreamHammer is a New Force Multiplier

Force Multiplier: (Department of Defense definition) A capability that, when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment; or (U.S. Small Business Administration definition) DreamHammer.

Located in Santa Monica, California, DreamHammer was cofounded in 2000 by CEO Nelson Paez - originally as a high-tech security services company.  The SBA 8(a) software development firm used its 8(a) status along with a SBA $50K line-of-credit and $100K SBA loan through Wells Fargo to get started during the early stages of product development.  DreamHammer also used the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program and SBA’s Capital Programs to pivot from the private sector to the public sector where they also reinvested their youthful profits into building a product that was badly needed by the U.S. military.

What DreamHammer ultimately created was a universal... Read More

Fort: Workshop & Furniture Reseller and Gallery - Los Angeles Success Story

Fort, a workshop/furniture reseller and gallery, is a journey as much as a destination when looking to acquire or trade furniture.  Jacqueline Sharp, owner and founder of Fort has crafted an eco-friendly business model that gives a new life and new home to striking and hand-crafted furniture pieces. 

Sharp, who studied art/design at the University of Iowa, started Fort in February 2011 with the idea to lighten landfills while preserving some great pieces.  “Many of our pieces are made from scrap and reclaimed materials in addition to well-curated vintage pieces,” said Sharp. 

Sharp had the core of her business plan in place in 2010, unfortunately her business partner backed out causing her serious concerns.  She researched and walked into the local Women’s Business Center.  “Honestly, I would not have found the courage or strength to start Fort without the help of the WBC,” said Sharp.  “I didn’t know where to start on a business plan or anything about projections.”... Read More

Glenoaks Imaging Professionals - Glendale's "New and Improved" Medical Imaging Facility

Who says that getting a MRI scan can’t be relaxing, almost spa like?  When walking into Glenoaks Imaging Professionals medical facility in Glendale, California one gets the feeling he or she will be treated well.  The smell of fragrant flowers and a hint of freshly brewed coffee fills the air. Patients are offered tea or coffee and sit in stylish chairs within the naturally-lit waiting room with floor-to-ceiling windows. 

All three co-owners, a husband and wife team and their long-time friend, met in college and had the dream of starting a business in the community they grew up in.  After college Ashley and Andre Shakhbandaryan and Rubik Khosrovyan worked for established companies and gained industry expertise.  But in 2010, they struck out on their own and assembled a team of trusted family and friends to staff their office. “Andre and I dreamed of having our own place ever since we met,” said Ashley. “Our biggest priority is to help our community with quality healthcare... Read More

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