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Photograph of Richard Jackson, CEO and Founder of American Document Services, LLC

Richard "Rick" Jackson graduated from Carnegie High school and attended the University of Oklahoma where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management.  Rick then proudly enlisted and served in the United States Army as a Field Artillery man and rose to the rank of Post Sergeant Major at White Sands Missile Range.

After his military retirement, Rick began a career in the banking industry. It was there where he discovered that his true passion was entrepreneurship. His vision, as well as his expertise in dealing with high security issues in the military and in the banking business, became the foundation for what would become his new venture.  Rick recognized that state and federal privacy laws like the Health Insurance Profitability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) generated a demand for management, preservation and destruction of confidential documents and records.

In 2001, Rick sought the assistance of the Small Business Development Center (... Read More

Vigil Enterprises, Inc. - A New Mexico Success Story

Vigil Enterprises, Inc. (Vigil Enterprises) is a successful minority woman-owned, SBA 8(a) certified small disadvantaged business that was founded in 1986 by company President, Denise Vigil. She coordinates team building, develops schedules, works closely with her team to ensure good client relations and project quality, manages all lower-tier contracts and is responsible for proposal development.

As a start-up firm in California, this minority, woman-owned small business began by supporting local government agencies such as the Counties of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino, and the City of Los Angeles primarily as a staff augmentation firm. Vigil Enterprises developed its capabilities and grew into a successful firm providing Architectural & Engineering (A&E) design services for federal projects.

In 1997, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was Vigil Enterprises first client in New Mexico. In 2005, Vigil Enterprises was awarded its first Master Task... Read More

Elvina “Penny” Emerson, a member of the Navajo Nation, earned a degree in Health Services Administration from Northern Arizona University. After that, Penny spent 10 years administering reservation-based community health services. In 1990, following years of listening to medical professionals express frustration, Penny recognized a huge unmet need on the Navajo Nation for transporting elderly and disabled patients to their medical appointments. Penny quit her job and put her education, experience and entrepreneurial spirit to work by starting Native Resource Development Company, Inc. She opened her office in Window Rock, Arizona with just three employees and capitalized it with money raised from selling her Native artwork and withdrawal of her retirement savings. In 1997, Penny moved her business to Gallup, New Mexico. She was soon approached by a business owner wanting to sell his housekeeping service. She acquired the company and added more commercial accounts. She also changed... Read More