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Success Story: Hispanic/Latina Woman Owned Business Makes it into Speakers Hall of Fame
Jacksonville, FL --- Pegine Echevarria, Owner and President of Team Pegine, Inc., a SBA-certified 8(a) company, was inducted into the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame. Pegine is one of a handful of women and the only Latina woman to be honored with this distinction; this honor reflects her hard-work and personal style. Pegine goes by her first name only, and describes herself and her company as “feisty, fearless, focused, and fun”. According to the Center for Women’s Business Research, only 3 percent of all women-owned firms have revenues of $1 million or more, and Team Pegine, Inc. is one of them.
Team Pegine, Inc. is a Jacksonville, FL based small business that provides situational role playing, event planning/management, scalable training, educational products, and speakers (including Pegine) for the federal government, Fortune 500 companies, and the defense industry. Pegine not only motivates others, she is also focused on motivating her staff and herself to attain a greater level of success. The company is currently concentrating on growing sales through government contracting.
Pegine’s efforts were recognized in May of 2012, when her company was awarded an 8(a) contract to produce the 50th commemoration of the Vietnam War at the National Mall to honor those Veterans. President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker. The event was attended by over 6,600 people and was broadcast worldwide. The Department of Defense awarded Team Pegine Inc. with a rating of exceptional for their work.
The 8(a) Business Development Program is an important resource for small businesses seeking business-development assistance. Named for Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act, this program was created to help small and disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. It also helps these companies gain access to federal and private procurement markets. Visit the SBA 8(a) certification page for more information on the program.
Pegine had a small motivational speaking business in New York, which was adversely impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. She was forced to change her direction due to a loss of revenue, but Pegine did not give up; instead she focused on building a business with multiple streams of income. Today, Team Pegine, Inc. is a multi-million dollar business, with 5 full-time employees, 2 part-time employees, and over 1,000 people who work on various projects as contractors.
Always dressed in black and with lots of “bling”, Pegine refers to herself as a Pirate Captain, who likes to steal people’s limitations. Pegine credits part of her success to the resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In addition to being a certified 8(a) company, Team Pegine has received counseling from SBA resource partners including the Small Business Development Center, SCORE, Jacksonville Women’s Business Center, and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Her business is located at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center, a business incubator, and a SBA community partner.
In her free time, Pegine created a foundation for Veterans called Success4Vets, which helps to develop the leadership skills of enlisted members and officers transitioning to civilian life, by providing them with opportunities to organize community service projects geared towards Vietnam era Veterans. Once a project is completed, the organizing project member of Success4Vets is eligible to access grant money for professional development.
Pegine has also produced a documentary about Vietnam Veterans and the 50th year commemoration ceremony that will premiere in May of 2013, and then subsequently be stored through the National Archives and Records Administration. Pegine said the contract she won in May of last year has been the conduit which makes her want to give back to Vietnam Veterans and current Veterans. Her own two children are members of the armed forces.
Visit the Team Pegine, Inc. website for more information on the Company or call (904) 280-8806.