Diane Lewis epitomizes the popular saying, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” and she credits the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for providing her the “opportunity” to succeed. Over the past decade Lewis has utilized the programs and resources offered by the SBA, including participation in the 8(a) Business Development program.
Lewis started Action Facilities Management in the basement of her home in 2001 as a sole proprietor, and incorporated the business in 2003. Initially the business was a two person operation, Lewis in the lead and her son Donald Hill, who was 17 at the time, as the secretary. The company received assistance from the SBA in developing a business plan and Lewis began taking advantage of educational workshops on government contracting. However, Lewis had greater plans of involvement with the SBA in mind; she was familiar with the SBA 8(a) Business Development program and knew it was the right direction for her... Read More