How a Yakima Construction Firm Grew with SBA Certification

Seattle District Office  -  Nov. 13, 2019

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Richard and Shannon Sevigny

Yakima Construction Firm Grows with SBA Certification Program

Shannon and Richard Sevigny founded RJS Construction (RJS) in Yakima, Washington with Shannon Sevigny as the majority owner. During the next 20 years RJS steadily grew, specializing in residential and commercial construction projects of all kinds. Business was thriving until the recession hit hard in October 2008. Within 10 days, a year’s worth of RJS contracted projects called to cancel. 


A federal contracting representative recommended that the Sevignys visit the SBA and consider the 8(a) Business Development Program, a federal contracting program for disadvantaged small businesses and minority-owned businesses. Shannon Sevigny, a member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians, found she was eligible for the program. 


When RJS entered the 8(a) Business Development Program in 2011, they were doing $2.1 million in annual revenues with a staff totaling four individuals. As they finish out their eighth year in the program, RJS has grown to 34 staff, they have completed projects in 14 states and are projected to finish 2019 with more than $16 million in annual revenue. 

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