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SBA Helps Concrete Contractor Build a Solid Foundation

SBA Helps Concrete Contractor Build a Solid Foundation

 

 In 2010, Billy Freeman started Technique Concrete, a small concrete finishing company in Atlanta. Billy started the company so that he could spend more time working together with his aging father, a lifelong concrete mason and carpenter. What started as a father and son operation has grown into a major construction company that employs more than 100 workers, with annual revenues exceeding $ 45 million. Technique’s success and growth has not come without its share of challenges. 

Shortly after launching the company Billy’s father passed away leaving him to run the business alone. Looking for help to guide his decisions, he visited the Georgia District Office and found a wealth of resources. He was connected to SCORE, Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center for counseling and training workshops. It wasn’t until he enrolled into the 8a program that was he able to fully appreciate the value of the SBA assistance he received. 

Billy credits the SBA and his business opportunity specialist at the Georgia District Office for much of his company’s success. “My specialist calmed my frustrations and fears and helped me figure out what I needed to do to be successful in contracting. I was so excited when my counselor called with a small contract she thought I would be good at. Small contracts are perfect for a new company, because it allows you to really show the contracting officer what you can do.” 

That small GSA contract paved the way for his company to grow and win dozens more with numerous agencies over the years. Technique Concrete has become a prime contractor and Billy offers sage advice to companies new to contracting; “connect with the SBA, do it early, learn as much as you can about the program and stay in contact with your counselor.”