SBA 8(a) Success Story: Quik-Solv Celaning Service

Quik-Solv Cleaning Service, Inc. of Bismarck, North Dakota is a janitorial firm that was started in 1995 by Troy Ybarra's mother. In 1998, Troy joined the company as a partner and then purchased his mother's share in 2007.

Quik-Solv held the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) janitorial contract at the Bismarck Airport for many years. When Ybarra learned that the FAA was planning on moving the janitorial contract to the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, he knew that it was time to apply for 8(a) certification.

The federal government must set aside 23 percent of its prime contracts for small businesses; this includes 5 percent for small disadvantaged businesses. The SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program, for socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs, limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the 8(a) program.

Ybarra contacted Dave Kleppe with the North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (ND PTAC) and Sherri Komrosky with the SBA's North Dakota District Office, and together they helped him submit an application for 8(a) certification that was approved.

With Quik-Solv in the 8(a) program, SBA's Komrosky began searching for other contract opportunities for the company. With Ybarra's experience and performance at FAA, Quik-Solv won an 8(a) contract with the U.S. Department of Energy - Western Area Power Association (WAPA) for janitorial services at their office and warehouse space in Bismarck.

Ybarra continued to work with the ND PTAC to make sure he understood the Service Contract Act wage requirements and he also worked with Nancy Krogen-Abel with the North Dakota Small Business Development Center to make sure his Quick Books accounting categories aligned with federal contract payment lines.

Due to the new federal contract with WAPA, Ybarra was able to buy much needed new cleaning equipment and hire two additional employees.

While Quik-Solv was unable to secure the FAA contract directly, Ybarra was able to secure a sub-contract and still performs janitorial services at the Bismarck Airport.

Company Name: 
Quik-Solv Cleaning Service, Inc.
Location: 
Bismarck, ND