Vigil Enterprises, Inc. - A New Mexico Success Story

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 Ordering Agreement to provide A&E design services to LANL as a prime contractor. It has successfully executed over 100 design projects for LANL, first as a lower-tier subcontractor then as a prime A-E contractor.

As Vigil Enterprises continued to grow, its clients included Kirtland and Holloman Air Force Bases, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and the National Park Service. In 2008, it added to its success by being awarded its first lower-tier subcontract from SNL.

In 2009, after an almost two-year solicitation period, it was awarded one of six prime Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) subcontracts at LANL for A&E services with a shared contract value of $200 million.

In 2011, Vigil Enterprises continued its growth into the federal market with an A-E IDIQ prime contract award from Kirtland Air Force Base and notice of award from Holloman Air Force Base.

With the success of each project, this A & E firm has continually increased its client base and expanded the business. Gross revenues have increased nearly 850 percent since 2005. Ms. Vigil attributes this increase to referrals and repeat customers.

Vigil Enterprises has built its business on a steadily growing base of successful projects and satisfied clients. It provides a highly skilled management and technical design team that resolves issues and is responsive to the client. Ms. Vigil believes that open communication and early coordination with clients and end-users are important aspects of final project success.

Ms. Vigil employs 10 full-time and 10 on-call employees. She values her employees and provides healthcare benefits. Vigil Enterprises gives back to its community by subcontracting with small Northern New Mexico vendors. The company sponsors "a day in our office" with a lead structural engineer mentoring with UNM students on their projects utilizing state-of-the-art software and equipment contributing the knowledge and experience of seasoned professionals.

Employees of Vigil Enterprises support Habitat for Humanity with donations annually. Denise serves as a New Mexico Small Business Development Center/Procurement Technical Assistance Program (NMSBDC/PTAP) Statewide Advisory Council member.