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SBA helps pave the road to success for Veteran-owned firm
Tucson Project, LLC provides business process solutions to government and industry in the areas of administrative services, project management, logistics and transportation. Following his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, D.A. Jordan, the firm’s founder and CEO sought to continue serving his country in a worthwhile capacity. As a result, Tucson Project was established in 1997. The company has since secured several contracts providing services to government agencies, including: US Postal Service, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice and Health and Human Services.
Tucson Project launched its transportation/logistics line in 2002 with an Irving, TX FedEx Ground contract and one delivery van, operated by Jordan himself. Fifteen years later, the contract has grown into a multi-million dollar contract with 10 tractor-trailers and with over 11 million safety miles. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has been instrumental in helping Tucson Project strategically grow at a sustainable pace, even through the recent economic down-turn. The SBA Dallas/Ft. Worth District Office has been a key player on Tucson Project’s business development team by providing relevant seminars and technical assistance in the areas of: certifications, teaming strategies and market analysis. This support paved the way for the company’s successful penetration into the federal sector. In addition, Jordan’s participation in the very competitive e200 program for emerging leaders (Class of 2012 – Dallas) has provided him with the organizational framework, resource network, and inspiration to build a more competitive company. With SBA Dallas/Ft. Worth District Office's continued technical assistance, Tucson Project has been able to gain additional tools to fortify its name recognition, and increase it’s contract capture rate within several federal agencies. Jordan encourages any veteran entrepreneur to connect with SBA. " Having such a resource as the Dallas/Ft. Worth District SBA Office has been huge in my development as a CEO and a leader of a veteran owned firm,” he said.
Setting itself apart from most small businesses, Tucson Project has maintained a 24/7, 365-day a year operation for more than 10 years, while specializing in complicated multi-faceted projects and emergency preparedness and response support. In 2011 the company was approved to participate in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Mentor-Protégé program. The Program is designed to motivate and encourage large prime contractors to help smaller businesses improve their internal processes and capabilities. Participation in the program helps enhance the company’s performance on DHS contracts, foster the establishment of long-term business relationships between large and small contractors, and increase contract opportunities. Also in 2012, the company received it’s Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Certification from the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), a division within the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Being officially certified as a SDVOSB will allow Tucson Project to compete for certain federal contract set-asides only available to CVE certified SDVOSB companies, which translates into more contracting opportunities with the VA.
Tucson Project remains committed to promoting veteran employment opportunities and entrepreneurial education. As a result, 25 percent of the company’s current workforce are veterans. Along with its veteran outreach and education, Tucson Project is dedicated to giving back and making a positive impact in the communities in which it operates. Through financial contributions and the volunteer efforts of its employees, the firm supports programs and organizations that address social progress, economic success and educational excellence. The 2012/2013 school year is the company's seventh year providing book bags and school supplies to children in the Greater Cleveland area. The company also participates in the University of Texas- Dallas’ internships program, which for the last four years has allowed college students to shadow company employees as preparation to enter the workforce.
With the assistance of the SBA, Tucson Project has grown from a one-man operation into a Dallas-based firm with nationwide capabilities and offices in Irving, TX; Fort Worth, TX; and Washington D.C.