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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... Read More

Cathy Volpe, owner of HB Staffing knows a thing or two about helping businesses of all kinds to staff the best people. Her company was started quite by accident 19 years ago while working for an international staffing university when she was asked to set up training and consulting. Connecting, serving and helping people is something Cathy is passionate about so helping other companies with staffing came easy to her. Her own company grew year over year but faced headwinds during the recession of 2008 where she found her successful and growing economy driven business slow to a walk. Hiring good internal salespeople was critical to her success and during this time they were hard to find. She found that the recession ultimately gave her opportunity to hire strong people and make some great corporate steals.

Always looking to improve the business, help develop her employees and herself, Cathy invested in all these areas and continues to do so. She certified her business with the... Read More

All Industrial Tool Supply Grows at a Quick Pace

SBA’s Support Programs Unleashed Company’s Potential


All Industrial Tool Supply is a full-service distributor of metalworking tools and industrial supplies headquartered in Huntington Beach, CA.  The company was started out of Perry's spare bedroom and a corner of his garage in 2010. With exploding ecommerce sales during the 2012 holiday buying season, Perry and his two employees were not prepared to deliver on the strict online retailer fulfillment schedule and manage the local business at the same time. This motivated Perry to leverage free and low-cost resources such as SBA’s Emerging Leaders program, Orange County SCORE’s mentoring services and their CEO Forum. These programs provided professional support tools, business training, and management education to unleash the company’s potential... Read More

Jonathan Mulvihill knows his company inside and out since he began working summers at Thin Metal Sales at the young age of 12.  Founded by his uncle in 1976 and acquired by his father in 1983, Thin Metal Sales  processes and supplies thin metal products; foil, strips and sheets such as stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, copper and brass which is custom cut to size and slit to width based on customer specifications. A Marine Corps veteran who served in the Iraqi Freedom campaign, Jonathan returned to the familiar family business in 2007 allowing him the flexibility to attend college where he learned about entrepreneurship, macro and micro economics and other business focused subjects.  This new knowledge gave him a different perspective of the business he felt he could apply to propel the company to new growth. 

Jonathan became the General Manager in 2015, but as events of the time would prevail, the high availability of low cost steel from China used by competitors... Read More