Small Business Consortium Adds Partners
CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a provider of Information Technology (IT) solutions to governments and educators, announced that it has added five new companies to its Small Business Partner Consortium and exercised the one-year contract options of nine current consortium members.
The new members were selected through a competitive process that started in April with CDW-G’s annual request for proposals soliciting additional small businesses to partner with CDW-G on Federal business opportunities. The consortium, launched in 2003, was created to help small businesses compete more effectively for IT contracts with Federal agencies because they have the backing of CDW-G’s extensive e-commerce, service and distribution capabilities.
Since 2003, many Federal Defense and civilian agencies – from the U.S. Air Force to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – have taken advantage of the consortium to purchase technology products and services.
“The Small Business Partner Consortium is a win for both small businesses and our agency customers,” said Chris Rother, group vice president of sales for CDW-G. “Our small business partners expand their contracting opportunities in the Federal marketplace with access to leading technology products from more than 1,000 manufacturers, while Federal agencies purchase technology through small companies to meet their small business contracting goals.”
The Small Business Act requires that 23 percent of prime contract dollars go to small businesses. In fiscal year 2005, more than a quarter of all Federal prime contracting dollars were awarded to small businesses, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). Small businesses did $79.6 billion in business with the Federal government as prime contractors that year, according to SBA data.
The Small Business Partner Consortium members are included in numerous Federal small business categories, and some members occupy more than one category. Overall, the consortium includes eight 8(a) companies, five HUBZone companies, one Alaskan Native-owned company, 10 small disadvantaged companies, three service-disabled veteran-owned companies, and two woman-owned companies.
Dynanet Corporation, an 8(a), small disadvantaged business that holds the 8(a) STARS contract, joined the Small Business Partner Consortium this year. Dynanet has more than 10 years of experience serving Federal and state and local government agencies.
“With CDW-G, we have a partner that shares our mission of providing superior IT solutions and is committed to helping us expand our work with Federal agencies,” said Sean Peay, president of Dynanet Corporation. “Through the Small Business Partner Consortium, we will be able to draw upon CDW-G’s array of enterprise technology and superior supply chain management to provide complete IT solutions to our customers.”
The five new members of the Small Business Partner Consortium are:
Ø Anacapa Micro Products, Inc., Ventura, Calif. – HUBZone
Ø Applied Quality Communications, Inc., Oxon Hill, Md. – service-disabled veteran-owned, small disadvantaged
Ø Dynanet Corporation, Elkridge, Md. – 8(a), small disadvantaged
Ø Lucille Maud Corporation (LMC), Huntsville, Ala. – 8(a), HUBZone, small disadvantaged
Ø Stellar Services, New York, N.Y. – 8(a)
The nine renewing members of the Small Business Partner Consortium are:
Ø Betis Group, Inc., Arlington, Va. – 8(a), HUBZone, small disadvantaged
Ø Collins Consulting, Inc., Schaumburg, Ill. – service-disabled veteran-owned, small disadvantaged
Ø Global Technology Resources, Inc., Denver, Colo. – 8(a), HUBZone, small disadvantaged
Ø Joseph N. Golubov Associates, Inc., Long Branch, N.J. – HUBZone
Ø Knowledge Information Solutions, Inc., Virginia Beach, Va. – 8(a), small disadvantaged, woman-owned
Ø Management Systems Services, Inc., Rockville, Md.
Ø Mega-Tech, Inc., McLean, Va. – small disadvantaged, woman-owned
Ø TKC Integration Services, LLC, Fairfax, Va. – 8(a), Alaskan Native-owned, small disadvantaged
Ø USfalcon, Inc., Lowell, Mass. – 8(a), service-disabled veteran-owned, small disadvantaged
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