Making Provision Through the 8(a) Business Development Program
Nicholas Dowdell, a disabled Army veteran, had a desire to do something impactful in his community as well as become his own boss. He started out as an employee of a prominent construction company through which he gained invaluable experience that would afford him the technical knowledge and expertise he would later need. After a few years working in the capacity of a project manager, he decided to turn his dream of entrepreneurship into a reality and he started Provision Contracting Services, Inc in 2010. As a startup business, Nicholas Dowdell and Provision faced many challenges. They lacked sufficient past performance to successfully win contracts and were turned down for several opportunities.
Nicholas knew that there had to be a way to overcome these challenges, so he sought the assistance of the SBA’s resource partners at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). There he was introduced to the 8(a) Business Development program, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, and HUBZone certifications. With the counseling and assistance provided by the SBDC, he submitted his application and within a few short months he was afforded participation in the 8(a) program.
The 8(a) Business Development program has taken Provision Contracting Services to a new level in business. They have quickly transitioned from a small business to a leader and mentor in their community. They’ve grown from a company with three employees to now 25 employees, and their sales have grown exponentially. The 8(a) Business Development program has served as a double benefit.
“Without the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program, we would not have been afforded the opportunities to create partnerships through joint ventures and teaming agreements,” said Nicholas. “These opportunities have allowed us to grow and become a small business leader in our community.”