SBA Support Programs Help OCS Construction Services Weather Tough Times and Emerge Stronger

Mark Vaca started his business career in the limousine industry. By chance, he became the driver of choice for a successful general contractor. Eventually, that general contractor encouraged him to join the construction firm as a project coordinator. Mark spent two decades honing his expertise in the construction industry, while paying thoughtful attention to the opportunities available through the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program. In 2015, he established OCS Construction Services, Inc. a full-service general construction 8(a) company specializing in tenant improvements, renovations, remodels and rehabilitations for federal and other government clients. 

In 2016, Mark entered into an SBA Mentor-Protégé Agreement that led to three successful 8(a) Joint Venture contracts. When the third JV contract was completed in April 2018, Mark and OCS were ready to move forward independently of their mentor. Unfortunately, he faced federal budget delays and a slow summer putting him at risk of losing his team. Mark responded to the situation by paying his employee’s portion of health insurance premiums to keep their coverage in place and demonstrate his commitment to the OCS team. 
 
With the support and guidance of the SBA OCIE District Office and the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, Mark endured and emerged as a stronger and savvier business owner. Federal funding was eventually released, contracts were awarded, and Mark called his employees back to work. OCS finished 2018 with more than double its 2017 revenue and employed the largest team yet.  Attracting and retaining the very best employees is also key to business success. By offering health insurance, a 401(k) plan with company match and profit-sharing benefits there is a palpable and positive impact to the present and future lives of the employees at OCS.

Mark is not only a dedicated businessperson, he is also eager to support his local community. He has dedicated time to mentor business students from Cal State San Bernardino, serves as a board member of the Greater Corona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and makes strategic business decisions to create contracting opportunities for small businesses and other 8(a) certified firms. 

Mark Vaca was recognized as the 2019 District Runner-up Small Business Person of the Year.

Company Name: 
OCS Construction Services, Inc.
Location: 
Riverside, CA
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