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Woman-Owned Business Success Story: Dnutch Associates, Inc.
Denise Jones, President & CEO
Dnutch Associates, Inc.
13 Branch Street, Suite 208
Methuen, MA 01944
Across the country, women-owned businesses are proving to be one of the fastest growing segments of the small business community. In the 1970s, only about 5% of businesses were owned by women. Today, it is closer to 30%. Denise Jones’ company, Dnutch Associates, Inc. (“Dnutch”), is one powerful example of this progress.
Founded in 1993 in Methuen, Massachusetts by a unique association of software and network engineering professionals, Dnutch provides expertise in the design, verification, development, and testing of large-scale information technology (IT) systems for public and private sector clients. They also ensure that their clients become more competitive by using best practices in IT.
Before the launch of Dnutch, Ms. Jones worked to make a name for herself in the government and IT sectors. A strong and intelligent woman with an engineer’s mind and a very technical background, Ms. Jones served in the U.S. Air Force and is a Vietnam Era Veteran, worked for a government contractor that supported NASA during the time of its first space shuttle launch, helped improve IT security for military bases in Massachusetts, and partnered with others in IT to launch several businesses. This experience ultimately gave Ms. Jones the confidence to start her own company, a dream she had always wanted to pursue.
Since Dnutch first opened its doors for business, Ms. Jones has hired about 15 full-time employees and several part-time and temporary employees to serve both public and private customers. Over time, Ms. Jones has worked with the SBA to help her company grow. She applied for and was accepted to the 8(a) business development program, which gives small businesses preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. In 2012, Ms. Jones also joined the SBA’s Emerging 200 program, which involved months of intensive training on different business topics for promising CEOs. Thanks to her passion and careful planning, Dnutch earned close to $3.0 million last year and continues to grow.
When she is not in Washington, D.C. working with clients or in Methuen, Massachusetts plotting her next move, Ms. Jones makes sure to give back to causes and communities that are important to her. For this reason, she works as a fundraiser for scholarships for local high school students, and also works as a mentor to struggling mothers in Cambridge. She also assists the Community Brotherhood in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Ms. Jones carefully plans for the future of her company by weighing the risks and searching for new opportunities. Thanks to her efforts, Dnutch Associates, Inc. is likely to enjoy enormous success in the years to come.