Cheryl D. Hall, president of WisEngineering, LLC, a Dover-based firm specializing in a wide range of technology and engineering services to both government and commercial entities was named the US Small Business Administration’s 2016 Regional Prime Contractor of the Year
In making the announcement, SBA’s Region II Regional Administrator Kellie LeDet said, “Today, we celebrate the outstanding contributions that small business owners are making to our economy through their work in federal contracting. Firms like WisEngineering, LLC are creating jobs and leading the way in making our economy stronger.”
Nominated by Eric J Bankit of the US Army’s Joint Munitions & Lethality Life Cycle Management Command at Picatinny Arsenal, the company competed with firms from New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for the award and was selected for the honor based on criteria that include: exceptional management capabilities, interface with their customer, financial strength of the company and its ability to deliver quality and timely services at a cost-savings to the US Government.
Hall started her firm in 1998, and since that time she has built a company that offers its clients information technology, program and life cycle management, systems and software engineering, graphic development and concept facilitation/creative solutions.
In 2002, the company received SBA 8(a) certification. The designation gives small disadvantaged businesses like WisEngineering with easier access to federal contracting opportunities by providing them with both sole source and competitive bid contracts.
“SBA’s 8(a) program has a way of opening doors for small business owners like Cheryl Hall and leveling the playing field for them so that they are able to compete for federal government contracts,” said SBA New Jersey District Director Al Titone. “Once we opened the door, Cheryl was able to build WisEngineering into an elite company and develop a stellar reputation as an outstanding prime contractor for the US Government.”
Since graduating from the SBA’s 8(a) program in 2011, WisEngineering has gone on to win large contracts, most notably a $30 million contract under the Logistic Research and Engineering Directorate in 2014, a $50 million contract supporting the Tactical Effects, Protection & Interactive Technologies Directorate, and a $25 million contract in the support of the Tactical Mission Command Applications Program. WisEngineering is currently providing the full spectrum of training services and systems being deployed to American soldiers across the globe.
“In FY15, the federal government awarded 25.75 percent or $90.7 billion of all federal contracts to small businesses which translates to more than 537,000 jobs supporting revenue for the job creators who produce 2 out of 3 net, new private-sector jobs in the US economy,” said LeDet. “Small firms like WisEngineering play an important role in the recent surge small business owners are seeing in government contracting awards, in particular women-owned small businesses.”
Last year, for the first time in its history, the federal government achieved the 5 percent Women-Owned Small Business goal by awarding $17.8 billion in contracts to women-owned businesses.”
“We could not be more proud of the fact that a New Jersey company was selected as the SBA Regional Prime Contractor of the Year,” added LeDet. “It tells you a great deal about WisEngineering and its ability to manage large contracts, to deliver quality workmanship at a cost-savings to the federal government.”
The award was part of SBA’s annual celebration of National Small Business Week (May 1-7), where the agency recognized the outstanding achievements of small businesses throughout the country.Related Articles: