Success Stories

Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC, a woman-owned, small disadvantaged firm, signed their first federal contract with the Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The company, based in Fairmont W.Va., is certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration to receive special consideration for federal contracts under the agency’s 8(a) Business Development Program.

The signing ceremony took place at the Cavalcade of Trade Expo held on Oct 12, at the Charleston Civic Center. Stephanie Watkins, SBA Region III Administrator (Mid-Atlantic Region); Leah Heimbach and Patti Hodges, Principals of HMS; Alice Roache, Small Business Specialist CMS; and Judy K. McCauley, director of the SBA’s West Virginia District Office, all took part in the ceremony.

The 8(a) Business Development program is an essential instrument for helping socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic... Read More

Jay Reddy, Chief Executive Officer and founder of ProLogic, Inc., a Fairmont W.Va.-based Information Technology (IT) firm, is determined to make the firm one of the best small businesses in the nation.

Judging by the announcement in the September 26 edition of Washington Technology, a national newspaper for government IT systems integrators and resellers, he is well on his way.

The firm, which began as a one-man operation in 1995, was selected as one of the top 25 IT firms in the country participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program, coming in at number 15. The annual ranking is based on the overall IT prime contracting revenue companies earned during fiscal year 2004. The revenues must include a minimum of $1 million in 8(a) contracts.

Since 1953, the SBA has helped thousands of entrepreneurs fulfill their dream of owning and operating a successful small business by providing financial assistance and... Read More

From the ground to the moon, there is no limiting FMW Composite Systems, Inc., a small veteran-owned firm located in Bridgeport, W.Va. Fresh on the heals of the successful delivery of a super lightweight carrier to the National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA) for use in transporting equipment on the space shuttle, the company has won a contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps a liquid/fueling system.

The Ground Expedient Refueling System (GERS) is designed to transfer liquids from a storage/transport unit to military vehicle without pumps or motors. The system is operable using an external air compressor or an existing on-board air supply.

“Who would have believed 10 years ago that a small West Virginia firm would be providing sophisticated products for NASA’s space shuttle and critical components for our military efforts,” said Congressman Alan B. Mollohan at a ceremony commemorating the signing of the multi-million dollar contract. “It bodes well for... Read More

United Bank, Inc., with offices located throughout West Virginia is one of the newest lenders participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s SBAExpress Loan Program, announced Judy K. McCauley, director of the Agency’s West Virginia District Office.

As an approved SBAExpress lender, United is a source of business capital, up to $350,000, for qualified small business owners. A key feature of the program is its simplified process, which quickly puts money in the hands of entrepreneurs.

Bill D’Alesio, senior vice president of United Bank in Weirton, W.Va., has utilized the SBAExpress loan program numerous times and finds it to be an excellent small business tool.

“United is excited to be an approved SBAExpress lender,” said D’Alesio. “We are committed to make a difference in peoples’ lives through our commercial loan programs.”

Three small business owners who received a SBAExpress loan through United were surprised with the ease of... Read More