How a Construction Firm Grew into a Multimillion $ Business with SBA

Seattle District Office  -  Aug. 14, 2019

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Bremerton Construction Firm Uses Quality-Centric Philosophy, Federal Programs to Find Success

Roger Newton never planned to start his own business. But after years of hands-on construction and project management experience, Newton branched out on his own and founded Newton Building and Development, LLC (NBD) in March 2002. He recognized the opportunities of doing business with the federal government but he needed a way to gain access to the network.

Solution: Having seen the benefits of the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program at a previous firm, Newton applied for and received his 8(a) certification in 2005. The combination of the certification and outstanding project reviews opened the floodgates for work opportunities with the Navy. After a successful nine-year run, Newton graduated from the SBA 8(a) program. 

Impact: When Newton started with the SBA 8(a) program, he was one of only a few African American-owned construction firms doing federal work within the state of Washington. He credits the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program for providing the access to the network he needed to get started in government contracting. During his time as an 8(a) certified firm, NBD annual revenues went from $145,000 in 2005 to $6.5 million in 2014 and his employees grew from zero to 15

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