We are here to assist you in your journey to government contracting success. Read some of our client success stories below for inspiration.
MDPTAC Client Honored with Top 100
Dottie Li, Founder, and CEO of TransPacific Communications is a long-time PTAC client. Dottie has been recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record. This is Dottie’s second time receiving this honor, becoming the first Chinese American woman to be so acknowledged in 2015.
Listen to her podcast interview below to learn how she won a $4 million contract from the FDA and is using her success to inspire other woman and immigrant-owned businesses.
Therapy Center Wins Montgomery County Contract
Raffi Bilek, LCSW-C, social worker and CEO of the Baltimore Therapy Center (BTC). has been a client with the Maryland PTAC since 2020. He is counseled by procurement specialist, Ms. Arthenia LeFlore, and won his first government contract in 2020 offering therapeutic services to domestic violence offenders in Montgomery county.
Raffi is new to government contracting and said the PTAC gave him a lifeline when he really needed it, "It was really reassuring to have someone with experience at the PTAC to guide me. Arthenia knew the ropes and could point me in the right direction which was good because I was floundering on my own."
Raffi also specializes in relationship and workplace counseling. He hopes to grow the BTC and help more patients in the future. Listen to his success story below.
MDPTAC Client Ranked on 2019, 2020 & 2021
Inc. 5000 List
Jerome credits the PTAC for helping him get started as a government contractor.
“Thanks for assisting us with our first 8(a) contract and special thanks to PTAC for supporting veterans. Yesterday, Syracuse University's Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans recognized me as the 2016 Richard L. Haydon Outstanding Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year. This accomplishment could not have been possible without you and PTAC. Please share this email with leadership, you and PTAC deserve the recognition. Once again, thanks for your support!”
Listen below to hear Jerome explain how he achieved exponential growth in just a few years and how the PTAC helped him achieve success.
Nursing Agency Gets a VA Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Contract
SYM Inc. is another Maryland PTAC client that has experienced success due to the counseling support provided by Maryland PTAC. SYM Inc is a veteran, HUB Zone small business located in Baltimore, Maryland. They provide temporary and permanent staffing for nursing services and have been a Maryland PTAC client since March of 2008.
SYM Inc has had several one on one counseling sessions and attended our Federal Contracting 101 workshop. They directly attribute the assistance provided to them by PTAC with helping them to be awarded their Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) for Professional & Allied Healthcare Staffing Services. SYM Inc has been able to use PTAC to help them get on the Social Security’s Employment Network Contracts which allows them to participate in the Ticket to Work Employment Network.
From a Bus Driver to a Successful Government Contractor
Today’s guest is Lakeysha Claxton, CEO of Homeland Custodial Services, which was recently awarded a government contract to provide janitorial services to the Navy in Okinawa, Japan. Lakeysha has won several large contracts over the years and has been a Maryland PTAC client since 2014 where she works with her counselor, Richard Paden on her contracting goals.
Listen to her podcast interview below to learn how Lakeysha went from being a bus driver to winning multi-million dollar government contracts. We discuss her career challenges and successes, plus why she advises small business owners to seek help from the PTAC.
Government Contractor Credits PTAC with Long-Standing Success
John Graham is the Managing Director of Sullivan Cove Consultants LLC - a multi-disciplinary professional services firm practicing in the federal and commercial sectors in Severna Park, Maryland.
John has been a Maryland PTAC client since 2003 and has been successful in winning many large federal contracts with the largest dollar value contract award from the Department of Justice of $617 million. As a Disabled Veteran and Minority firm, Sullivan Cove Consultants has grown substantially over the years and employs 150 people across the country. John believes the rule that '50% of new business comes from people that you have been with for the last 48 hours.' He credits the Maryland PTAC with helping his firm achieve government contracting success,
"The service we've had has been uniformly exceptional and we feel a debt of gratitude to the PTAC." Listen to John's story below:
IT Contractor Receives HUBZone Certification
Technologies Engineering Associates LLC received their SBA HUB Zone Certification with the help of the PTAC. TEI is an information technology contractor whose clients include the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO) and Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC).
Whilst discussing marketing strategies to expand the company’s presence in the Federal Government, PTAC suggested that TEI consider obtaining an SBA HUBZone Certification as the program has a unique sole-source feature that can be used by any federal agency. The government consistently underachieves their HUBZone Program’s annual goal so they will be receptive to contracting with a HUBZone contractor that has a great performance history and possesses significant accomplishment.
In addition to familiarizing TEI with the HUBZone’s unique features and benefits, their counselor supported them throughout the application process and helped them follow up on their progress as their application proceeded and was delighted when TEI finally received their HUBZone certification.
Baltimore Building Firm Wins $4 Million Contract
Baltimore-based business, Matos Builders, began with high hopes of winning millions of dollars of work in their first year, but reality set in as that first September came and went with no success at all. During this very trying time, MDPTAC counselor, Arthenia LeFlore, exceeded expectations as she acted as a motivational coach in conjunction with her role as an educator. Her positive attitude and encouragement were a critical influence on the morale of the partners at Matos.
One year later they were awarded a $4 million sole source IDIA to renovate laboratories at Army Research Labs as well as a $98,000 job to repair a roof for GSA. Matos credits Arthenia for significantly contributing to their success.
MDPTAC Client Wins $300k Government Contract
Silvia Perez, CEO of Rathel Enterprises, is a multi-service provider who was recently awarded a $300k contract to provide medical equipment to the VA. Silvia has been a Maryland PTAC client since 2018 and works with her counselor, Richard Paden on her contracting goals.
"My PTAC counselor, Richard Paden, has been wonderful… he really encouraged me and has been my champion and guardian angel. He helps me to hone in and focus on what I need to do to keep my business growing."
Silvia plans to grow her contracting business in the medical supplies arena. Listen to her story below
Hyattsville Firm Gets GSA Schedule Contract
Immersive Concepts, LLC is an Information Technology firm that has experienced exponential growth with record earnings over the last decade. To further inspire growth, Immersive Concepts, decided to pursue the GSA IT 70 Schedule and sought help from the PTAC.
Our PTAC Counselor reviewed their documents for accuracy and was instrumental in helping the client to achieve important milestones and accomplishments by providing concentrated support in the following areas: Review of client GSA Schedule application pricing model, financial document suitability, labor rate selections, and review of requisite educational requirements for selected labor categories.
Following the Maryland PTAC counselor review and comments, the client incorporated said changes and submitted their application for GSA review. The client received notice of award and attributes their success to the services rendered by the Maryland PTAC counselor.