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A Tradition of Service and Family on Oregon’s Coast

Wanda and John Williford

Wanda Williford and her U.S. Air Force veteran husband John Williford knew that starting a business after a career in the military would pose unique challenges when they made the decision to start Native American Technology Corporation (NATECH) in 1995. Headquartered in North Bend on the Oregon Coast, the family-owned company provides professional and technical staffing services to federal aerospace and defense sectors. They quickly realized that military experience alone would not be enough to insure their success and realized they could use some help in building their new business.

Solution

They turned to the SBA for help accessing the government marketplace in order to compete for federal contracts. Through the support of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), the SBA HUBZone Certification Program and the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, NATECH was able to win multiple federal contracts which resulted in nearly doubling its revenue within the past three years. Along the way, NATECH has also received mentoring and business training from the Portland SCORE chapter as well as receiving help in crafting a succession/transition plan to help scale the company for its unprecedented growth. The company has been able to fuel this growth and its ability to double its workforce in 2018 with the help of the SBA Guaranteed Loan Program.

Impact

Today, three generations of family members are helping to build the company’s future as Wanda and John Williford transition to serving on the board of directors. Starting with their first contract of $9,999.99, the amount that would fit on their credit card, the company now has annual revenue of more than $6 million and growing. NATECH has doubled its workforce from 35 to 73 during the past three years and is poised to double that number as it supports federal agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Army, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. NATECH was selected as the 2019 SBA Portland District Family-Owned Small Business of the Year.

Company Name: 
Native American Technology Corporation (NATECH)
Location: 
North Bend, Oregon