EliteBco LLC (Elite Business Consultants)
EliteBco LLC won a multi-year contract for $13,167,412 with the US Agency for International Development to provide administrative and financial support services. This contract was an 8(a) set-aside opportunity where seven additional US based firms competed. The principal place of performance is Washington DC supported from the San Juan office which will conduct 100% of the work.
EliteBco is a professional consulting services firm that provides information technology solutions to small and medium size businesses. EliteBco was formed in October 2009 with the simple concept of having consultants who master technology solutions and business rules to perform remarkable jobs. Since its inception, they have worked to preserve and grow a loyal customer base through both, prosperous and difficult economic times.
On March 27, 2013 the firm came to the Puerto Rico Federal Contracting Center interested in pursuing federal contract opportunities. The firm’s discipline and commitment to succeed in this market was relentlessly evidenced by their aggressive market research efforts and relationship building with contracting personnel. On June 21, 2013 they achieved their first milestone by becoming 8(a) certified.
Understanding the importance of building a track record in the federal market, the firm started pursuing small jobs with local federal agencies. From 2013 to 2015 they competed and won $460,186 in contracts with the Department of Defense in Puerto Rico. According to the principal of the firm, CPA Luis Baez Black, these contracts were the launching pad that schooled him in how to do business with the Federal Government and the discipline required to be successful in this market. The firm also won two additional contracts with the US Coast Guard.
As he was gaining experience with the federal contracts in Puerto Rico, he started meeting with Small Business Specialists, procurement personnel, and Program Managers from targeted federal agencies in Washington, DC. These efforts led to the $13,167,412 contract with the US Agency for International Development. CPA. Baez is now in the process of obtaining his HUBZone certification.
The Puerto Rico Federal Contracting Center accompanied CPA Baez Black in all these efforts and is proud to have EliteBco as a client.
New Garden Design Inc.
New Garden Design Inc. is a company dedicated to the making of designs, construction, plants rental for the interior or exterior, maintenance, cut and trim of illuminated trees, sprinkling and drainage of gardens and green areas, commercial and industrial. Their main objective is that their projects easily integrate to the physical facility in order to create natural environments throughout Puerto Rico. The company considers that thanks to their cost control and organization of resources they have become a leader in the Landscaping industry. The company became a FeCC client on February, 11, 2015.
The FeCC counselor gladly helped the client by providing orientation about the services offered by the center. The client learned how to find and evaluate bid announcements, and the correct way to respond to them. Not only was the client oriented, but he was also guided step-by step through the process of selling to the federal government, complying with all the necessary requirements. By that time, the Puerto Rico Air National Guard (PRANG) reached out to the FeCC to receive support in organizing a site visit with small businesses to discuss a landscaping opportunity at Camp Santiago in Salinas. The FeCC immediately responded to the PRANG request and a site visit was held on April 7, 2015. As a result of FeCC’s outreach efforts, 40 landscaping small businesses participated in the event, and New Garden Design Inc. was one of them. During the site visit, the FeCC counselor and PRANG personnel counseled companies about the opportunity the agency had. New Garden Design Inc. worked closely with the FeCC counselor on this opportunity in order to submit a competitive proposal. As a result, they were awarded the Camp Santiago Drop Zone Ground maintenance contract; their first federal contract for the amount of $9,000.00.
Mr. Raul Malavé and his team were excited about this achievement, due to the fact that very few companies obtain a contract on their first year approaching the federal government market. Motivated by this opportunity New Garden Design, Inc. started working with the FeCC counselor on their 8(a) certification application which will provide them access to other targeted business opportunities within the federal government. At the present time, the services are still being provided to the client and they are currently undergoing the 8(a) certification application evaluation.
Oscar Super Cash and Carry
Oscar Super Cash and Carry is a committed company since its beginnings in 1974. It has accomplished its mission of “Providing merchandisers the widest variety of products at the best prices at the precise moment”. Even though they have been present in the commercial market for 40 years, they have never considered selling to the federal government before. As soon as they heard about this potential market through a close friend they decided to contact the Federal Contracting Center (FeCC). The company became a FeCC client on July 2014 when they received orientation on how to do business with the federal government. With the help of the FeCC counselor they created their Capability Statement, a key federal marketing tool. They also received technical assistance from the FeCC counselor through all the registration process (SAM) and the billing system (WAWF).
Looking to identify small business capabilities within the food sector, once again, the Puerto Rico Army National Guard (PRANG) contacted the FeCC to coordinate a Matchmaking Event for Food Distributors to discuss their needs of food supplies for the current fiscal year. Oscar Super Cash & Carry was identified as a prospect to fulfill the PRANG needs to supply food to kitchens in several military bases around the Island. FeCC staff stepped in to help them on marketing techniques to better present their capabilities during the one-on-one meeting scheduled with the agency. After attending the event mentioned before, it became clear to them the tremendous opportunity the federal market represents for their business growth. Soon after, and as a direct result of FeCC assistance, in 2015 Oscar Super Cash and Carry was awarded $455,758.13 in government contracts, being able to supply several orders of provisions to military bases in such a short period of time. Also, the company has attended various workshops offered by FeCC counselors, where they have improved their abilities to continue selling to the federal government.
“In the perspective of a small business they transform a hard and complex process in an easy and reachable one”. Carlos J. Toro Sárraga, Vice President & General Manager
Eden’s Creation is a landscaping services provider. They offer a full service approach enabling them to respond to any landscaping need. They do new installations, renovations & ongoing maintenance. Eden’s Creations approach assures they deliver a consistent, value-based service no matter what the customer budget is. Eden’ staff is comprised of full-time, highly qualified professionals experienced in every aspect of the landscape industry.
Eden’s Creation was referred to the FeCC by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive assistance on how to sell to the federal government. Mr. Obed Ortiz, President, visited the FeCC to take advantage of the benefits of the program. FeCC staff provided technical help to get Eden’s Creation registered in the System for Award Management (SAM). Rural Housing Services expressed the need for ground maintenance services to maintain repossessed houses they are in charge of. Eden’s creation was chosen to sign a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the USDA; which is a simplified acquisition method that government agencies use to fill anticipated repetitive needs for supplies or services. The company has been awarded $16,110 in federal orders, during its first year selling to the federal market.
“Excellent service! Thanks to the FeCC Staff the idea of selling to the federal government became a real business to my company. I could not be more thankful for the service and their commitment.” Obed Ortiz, President
Hermanos Santiago Cash and Carry, Inc.
Hermanos Santiago Cash & Carry, Inc. is a mid-sized grocery wholesaler founded on 1985 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It has 127 full time employees and generates an estimated $22.7 million in annual revenue. They are in charge of distributing general line of groceries to customers in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Army National Guard (PRANG) contacts the FeCC to coordinate the Matchmaking Event for Food Distributors where they discuss their necessities of food supplies for the current fiscal year. Hermanos Santiago Cash & Carry was identified with the potential to cover the PRANG needs to supply food to kitchens in the south area. FeCC staff stepped in to help them on how to discuss their capabilities during the one-on-one meeting with the agency. After attending the event aforementioned, the federal market became one of the business main targets to strengthen their sales strategies. As a result, Hermanos Santiago Cash & Carry, Inc. was awarded $161,721 in federal contracts. These sales figures were made possible by direct involvement in the FeCC Program.
M&M Manufacturing , LLC.
María Meléndez has more than 33 years of experience in the clothing and textile manufacturing sector. Her career began as an assistant Human Resources Manager progressing into Human Resources Manager, Plant Manager and Director of Manufacturing where she was responsible for several manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.
In 2010 María was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug and decided to put her experience and hard earned money at work. María founded M&M Manufacturing, LLC in Lajas, Puerto Rico with the mission of becoming the best Women Owned Small Business in the apparel sector for the Department of Defense. María first came to the Federal Contracting Center in 2011 looking for advice on SBA’s socio-economic programs and marketing. In early 2011, she met with Bárbara Rivera, Certified Procurement Counselor, who offered her information on business opportunities with the federal government, tips on taking advantage of her minority and women owned status, and assisted in her efforts to become registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) and in getting her business registered in the SBA’s WOSB program. Bárbara also helped with their marketing materials and assisted organizing a three day marketing/outreach trip to DLA Troop Support and U.S. Army Natick.
M&M Manufacturing LLC. hard work and its hard working Staff have shown discipline and commitment to excellence has ultimately lead to being awarded one contract from the Defense Logistics Agency totaling $3.3M and several sub-contracts from federal prime vendors. Today, the firm has manufactured over 600,000 units and has expanded manufacturing capabilities to include gloves, coveralls, utility uniforms and seam-sealed outerwear and pack pouches.
One of María’s greatest satisfactions is being able to provide quality jobs to 275 people in a region with an average 18% unemployment rate. With the recent contracts/sub-contracts the company will increase their payroll to 325 jobs by beginning of 2014.
During the process of getting started doing business with the government, María admits she had to overcome some common obstacles. This meant ensuring that no corners were cut in the process and waking-up every day ready to innovate in her day to day tasks. She also is constantly looking for ways to continue exceeding her clients’ expectations.
"FeCC has been helping us establish a clear roadmap to guide us thru the process and overcoming roadblocks. The commitment of the Puerto Rico Federal Contracting Center (FeCC) has been a key factor in structuring a solid base to compete in the Department of Defense marketplace”. María I. Meléndez, President and Owner.
Prime Air Corp
Iris Vincent has grown her company, Prime Air Corp, into a successful Economic Disadvantaged Women Owned small business (EDWOSB). Her company specializes in on-time transportation, logistics, storage, large & heavy equipment movements, vehicle movements, as well as other functions in the management of supply chain requirements. Her success has been the result of a combination of a dedicated and passionate leader who runs her company with vision and a team of experts aligned in a strategic plan focused on performance excellence. Also Prime Air Corp. is the exclusive representative of Steven Global Logistic in Puerto Rico.
Iris' career started in the finance field, she got into logistics business as a general manager at Best Ways Cargo, and general manager for US Freightways PR. After the decision of US Freightways of closing operations in Puerto Rico and a family decision process, she decided to start her own business in October 2001. As part of her strategy to expand the services into the federal government market Iris sought assistance from FeCC. Afterwards, she started moving cargo sporadically for the Federal Bureau of Prison and the US property and fiscal office (USPFO).
As the business began to grow, Iris saw the strategic importance of obtaining the Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business verification and the US SBA 8a certification. She returned to FeCC and with the help from Marjuli David, Certified Procurement Counselor, Iris was able to complete both processes. Additionally, FeCC worked with her in pre-proposals meetings, bid packages and marketing materials. Upon achieving contracts with USPFO- Fort Buchanan, Justice Department, US Marshalls, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Prison, General Services Administration and NASA, Iris continued to utilize FeCC as a strategic partner to capture new federal opportunities. Her most recent initiative is working with FeCC in obtaining a suitable contract vehicle.
The year 2013 was filled with extraordinary achievements for the company. In addition to obtaining approximately $1.5 M in contract awards, Prime Air Corp has been recognized as the #1station in sales during the last five years among the Steven Global Logistic representatives throughout the globe. As part of her plan she sees growth in the federal contracting and also on the Latin-American logistic market. She is now considering opening a Branch Office in Florida to penetrate federal opportunities outside the Island. As part of her “paid forward” commitment, Iris has participated in several federal government outreach activities as a motivational speaker and is beginning to mentor other small businesses in their road of selling to the federal government.
"The Puerto Rico Federal Contracting Center (FeCC) should be your first stop when you want to start selling to the Federal Government as well as an integral part of growing your business. I have considered FeCC to be a knowledgeable partner as I continue to expand my business." Iris Vincent, President & Owner
Established in 2000, Precision Builders Corp. is an 8(a) and HUB-Zone Certified small business. Since August 2006 , the company received the PTAC's assistance regarding our service of bid announcements, CCR, Pro-Net, ORCA and HUB-Zone registrations. The PTAC searched for bid opportunities and on September 6, 2006 they won a contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs for ( Replacement of Air Conditioning System for a Cold Water Chiller System at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Ponce, Puerto Rico). The amount of the contract was $1,300,000.00 generating 15 jobs.
Established in 1997, P+R Roofing Contractors, Inc. is an 8(a) and HUB-Zone Certified small business. Since 1998, the company received the PTAC's assistance regarding our service of bid announcements, CCR, Pro-Net, ORCA and HUB-Zone registrations. The PTAC searched for bid opportunities and on September 2006 they won a contract with General Services Administration (G.S.A.) The amount of the contract was $68,400.00 generating 4 jobs.
Established in 1990, Fine Decorations is a local small, woman owned business. Since August 2006, Fine Decorations received PTAC's assistance and they won a contract on August 30, 2006 with the U.S. Coast Guard (Sale and Installation of Curtains). The amount of the contract was $14,860.00.
Established in 1995, Capital Building Maintenance, Inc. is a HUB-Zone Certified and Small Disadvantaged business. Since March 2006, the company received the PTAC's assistance regarding our service of bid announcements, CCR, Pro-Net, ORCA and HUB-Zone registrations. The PTAC searched for bid opportunities and on July 1, 2006 with the General Services Administration (G.S.A) for (Janitorial, Landscaping, Waste Disposal and Pest Control for the U.S. Federal Courts in San Juan, PR). The amount of the contract was $1,976,736.00, generating 10 jobs.
Established in 2003, Gire Construction is a local Service Disabled Veterand Owned and HUB-Zone Certified Small Business and since early 2006, the company received the PTAC's assistance regarding our service of bid announcements, CCR, Pro-Net and HUB-Zone registrations. The PTAC searched for bid opportunities and identified one with the Department of Veterans Affairs and on May 25, 2006 Gire Construction won a contract for "Locating Buried Utilities at the Veterans Hospital in Ponce, P.R.". The amount of the contract was $25,000.00, generating 5 jobs.
Since 2001, Limadi Construction & Maintenance, Inc. received PTAC's assistance regarding our service of bid announcements, CCR and Pro-Net registrations and HUB-Zone registrations. The PTAC searched for bid opportunities and identified a business opportunity with the Federal Government. Limadi Construction & Maintenance, Inc. won a contract on August 2006 with the R4 Division of Contracting and General Services U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (Construction of Cabo Rojo VCS/Office Building). The amount of the contract was $4,570,000.00, generating approximately 100 jobs.
Established in May 1999, Atento de Puerto Rico is a business that provides services as a Call Center. Since February 2006, Atento de Puerto Rico received PTAC's assistance and on their first Federal Bid participation, they competed with 7 companies located in the U.S. and won their first Federal contract of "Telephone Surveys for Puerto Rico" on June 2006 with the Center for Disease, Control and Prevention (Department of Health and Human Services). The amount of the contract was $32,000.00.
Gema Contractors Corp.
Established in 2001, Gema Contractors Services Corp. is a local small, veteran owned and HUB-Zone certified business that provides services as general contractors. Since 2004, Gema Contractors Services Corp. received PTAC's assistance and they won a contract on January 2006 with the San Juan National History Site (National Park Services). The amount of the contract was $22,500.00.
Established in 1999, Avance Construction Corporation is a local 8(a), Woman Owned, HUB-Zone certified DBE business that provides services as general contractors. Since Septmenber 2003, Avance Constuction Corp. received PTAC's assistance and on September 30, 2005 won a Portugues and Bucana Rivers Project, Cerrillos Lake, New Alto Balcon, Bell Mirada and El Mirador Sites in Ponce, PR" contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The amount of the contract was $4,021,926.
Established in 1993, B & B Communications Inc. is a local small 8(a) & HUB-Zone certified business that provides services as communications and electrical contractors. Since May 2002, the company received PTAC's assistance and on June 07, 2005 the company won a contract of “Telecommunication cabling of new office space at the Immigration & Customs Enforcement Office at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport" with the the Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (Department of Homeland Security). The amount of the contract was $29,447.70.
Caribe Office Trailers Corp.
Established in 2003, Caribe Office Trailers Corp. is a local small business that provides services manufacturing and repairing office trailers. Since June 2005, Caribe Office Trailers Corp., Inc. received PTAC's assistance and on August 8, 2005 won a “Used Mobile Office Trailers” contract with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. The amount of the contract was $24,500.00.
San Juan Towing & Marine Services, Inc.
Established in 1997, San Juan Towing & Marine Services, Inc. is a local small disadvantaged, woman owned, veteran owned, and HUB-Zone certified business that provides services as ship repair. Since August 2003, San Juan Towing & Marine Services, Inc., received PTAC's assistance and on March 25, 2005 won a contract of “Dockside Repairs to USCGC Chincoteague Ship (WPB-1320)" with the U.S. Coast Guard. The amount of the contract was $30,900.00.
Lider Construction Corp.
Established in 1989, Lider Construction Corp. is a local small disadvantaged and HUB-Zone certified business that provided services as general contractors. Since October 2000, the company received the PTAC's assistance and on November 1, 2004 won a contract of “Space Repairs and Alterations at first floor in the Federico Degetau Building in Hato Rey, PR." with General Services Administration (GSA). The amount of the contract was $1,400,000.
Established in 1997, Benitez Metal Manufacturing Corp. is a local 8(a) certified small business that provides services as metal manufacturing company. Since 2002, Benitez Metal Manufacturing Corp. received PTAC's assistance and on October 21, 2004 the company won a "Replacement of Fence at the Federico Degetau Federal Office building in Hato Rey" contract with General Services Administration (GSA). The amount of the contract was $32,000.00.
Established in 1998, Project Action Group,Inc. is a local 8(a) and HUB-Zone certified small business that provides services as general contractors and also architect and engineering services. Since 2004, Project Action Group, Inc. received PTAC's assistance and on October 5, 2004 won a “Day Care Hospital Rennovation in the VA Medical Center San Juan” with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The amount of the contract was $136,000.00.
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KD Contractors Corp.
Established in 1995, KD Contractors, Inc. is a local small disadvantaged business that provides services as general contractors. Since October 2000, KD Contractors, Inc. received PTAC's assistance and on January 24, 2004 won a “New Male & Female Dormitories/Water/Electrical Upgrades at the Arecibo Job Corps Center, Garrochales, Puerto Rico" contract with the Department of Labor. The amount of the contract was $4,474,000.00.
Losada Auto Truck Inc.
Established in 1961, Losada Auto Truc, Inc. is a local big busines automobile dealer. Since May 2000, Losada Auto Truck Inc. received PTAC's assistance and on October 10, 2004 won a “Ground effects vehicles" contract with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs Agency. The amount of the contract was $218,348.00.
Mo-Ka Shoe Corporation
Established in 1962, Mo-Ka Shoe Corporation is a local small business that manufactures military boots. Since December 2001, Mo-Ka Shoe Corporation received PTAC's assistance and on October 03, 2003 won a “Military Boots" with the Defense Supply Center of Philadelphia. The amount of the contract was $28,472,783.00.
Caribbean Outerwear Corporation
Established in 1968, Caribbean Outerwear Corporation is a local small business that manufacturers outerwear clothing and polo shirts. Since April 2003, Caribbean Outerwear Corporation received PTAC's assistance and on September 9, 2003 won a “Jacket-Windbraker, Unisex, JROTC, Army 385" contract with the Defense Supply Center of Philadelphia. The amount of the contract was $11,000,000.00.
Established in 1986, Arga S.E. is a local HUB-Zone certified small disadvantaged business that provides services as general, electrical and mechanical contractor. Since June 2003, Arga S.E. received PTAC's assistance and on March 10, 2003 won a “Multiple Task Contract USCG 1D-1Q" contract with the Department of Homeland Security. The amount of the contract was $556,611.79.
Established in 1918, Vaquería Tres Monjitas is a local small business that produces dairy products and derivatives. Since May 2003, Vaquería Tres Monjitas received PTAC's assistance and on August 1, 2003 won a “Milk Products for Puerto Rico" contract with the Defense Supply Center of Philadelphia. The amount of the contract was $160,337.00.
Established in 1999, Advanced Contractor, Inc. is a local 8(a) certified small business that provides services as general contractor. Since May 2001, Advanced Contractor, Inc. received PTAC's assistance and on March 20, 2003 won a “Maintenance and Repair Indefinite Delivery Quantitiy for 65th Regional Support Command, Northern Area, Puerto Rico" contract with the U.S. Army. The amount of the contract was $4,497,671.10.
Established in 1998, Joglar Painting & Roofing, Inc. is a local HUB-Zone certified small disadvantaged business that provides services as roofing and painting contractors. Since October 2001, Joglar Painting & Roofing, Inc. received PTAC's assistance and on September 19, 2002 won a “Repair, Replace and Maintain various Roofing Systems at Fort Buchanan, PR" and an "Interior and Exterior Painting at Fort Buchanan" contract with the U.S. Army. The amount of the contracts were $30,392,114.20 and $5,845,028.00.