SBA Firm Wins Michigan and
Regional 8(a) Contractor of the Year Award
DETROIT – David Goudreau, Founder and Owner of Northern Wings in Newberry, MI has been named the 2012 Michigan and the Midwest Region’s 8(a) Contractor of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Goudreau received the Michigan award at the Upper Great Lakes Summit in Marquette in September and the Midwest Regional award at the SBA National 8(a) Training, Business Matchmaking and Awards Ceremony event in Washington, DC on October 10.
This year marks the 30th year that the SBA will recognize outstanding owners of minority small business for their individual achievements and contributions to our nation’s economy. Since 1983, the President of the United States has recognized the minority small business community’s contribution to the nation’s economy.
“David has a great work ethic and is a role model for all small business owners,” said Gerald Moore, SBA District Director. “I am proud to announce that he is this year’s winner of both the Michigan and Midwest Regional award honoring minority contractors.” Goudreau started the company in a pole barn in Engadine, MI with two employees. Northern Wings Repair is now a modern manufacturing operation located in a 13,000 square foot facility and has grown to be an AS 9100 certified aerospace manufacturer, Certificated FAA Repair Station and stocking distributor of certified material and parts for commercial and military aircraft. Satellite sales offices are located in Brookfield, WI; Raleigh, NC; and San Jose, CA. Northern Wings was certified into the SBA 8(a) program in 2007.
For more information on the program, contact Tom Vargo, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist at the SBA Michigan District Office at (313) 226-6075, ext. 253.
SBA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
J. Perez Construction, Inc.
For over twenty-five years J. Perez Construction Inc. has provided construction services for many commercial and government projects ranging in levels of complexity and cost, and located in areas remote from their corporate and regional offices. They are a full-service general contractor with corporate office in Flint, Michigan and a hub office in San Antonio, Texas.
J. Perez Construction Inc. is a privately owned company has evolved over the years from performing small contracts to contracts worth millions. A 100% Minority owned firm, it is certified as an SBA 8(a) client and is also HUBZone certified. As a small disadvantaged business concern, the 8(a) certification has made it possible for J. Perez Construction Inc. to solicit projects offered by the federal government which, in tum, has allowed for growth within the company. The company has increased sales from $2.03 million in 2006 to $3.53 million in 2011.
J. Perez Construction Inc. provides superior workmanship in an effort to develop and continue trusting business relationships. When working with clients, the goal is to exceed client expectations with quality and professionalism. The staff at J. Perez Construction Inc. prides their selves in holding long-standing relationships with clients, subcontractors, union and non-union workers, and construction organizations across the country. These lasting associations are a statement to their continuing dedication to the construction market place, and afford us them capability to solicit competitive bids from the appropriate trades required for each project.
In the history of J. Perez Construction Inc., the firm has always fulfilled operated with the philosophy, "Plan Well, Build Well" which is a company-wide mantra that all employees adhere to.
The company has done work with the Department of the Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force – Air National Guard, GSA, and the State of Michigan.
J. Perez Construction is currently taking advantage of the SBA’s E-200 program and will graduate in November, 2012.
The Michigan District Office is proud to recognize Jose Perez of J. Perez Construction during Hispanic Heritage Month this October.
SBA Celebrates National Women’s Small Business Month in October with a Sweet Success
Valentine’s Day, 2012 was extra special for Jennifer Tremlett, who realized a lifelong dream of owning her own business. She always knew she was meant to be an entrepreneur, but she couldn’t quite decide on what her passion really was. One day, while she was researching the topic on the internet and eating candy, she realized that her destiny was to sell candy! And what a better product to market - she believes candy is a recession-proof product.
Tremlett knew she needed help in finding a location, researching her market, and in obtaining financing. She turned to the Macomb Small Business and Technology Development Center for help. Don Morandini, Deputy Director for Macomb Planning and Economic Development helped her with her business plan and forecasting cash flow. Together they created spreadsheets and validated the financial projections with market research.
Tremlett settled on a sight in Troy, MI but she needed financing to do the build out, purchase fixtures and inventory. During a ten month process, she refined her business plan and overcame some significant individual challenges to secure a $75,000 SBA guaranteed loan from First State Bank. “I’m very thankful for the assistance of the SBA and the SBTDC,” said Tremlett.
Getting used to owning a business, understanding that timing is everything and creating processes were the key challenges that Tremlett had to overcome. Originally scheduled to open in June, she is thankful that she took the time to be prepared before the grand opening.
Tremlett wants to be known for customer service and to provide a “kid in a candy shop” experience for all who enter her store. Her biggest reward is the smiling faces on her customers as they leave the shop. Now every Valentine’s Day is an Anniversary Day for Jennifer Tremlett, thanks in part to the SBA.
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