WEDA Success Stories
WEDA Success Stories
Category: 2016 Success Stories
Support from the Wyoming Small Business Development Network can take many forms, from writing detailed business plans to answering questions about day-to-day operations.
For John Haid, owner of Haid’s Plumbing and Heating in Casper, the SBDC’s help came in the form of navigating a complicated federal application process.
The Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Procurement Program provides federal agencies with authority to set aside acquisitions for exclusive competition among service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses, as well as the authority to make sole source awards to such businesses if certain conditions are met. As a disabled Navy veteran, John hoped to become eligible for the program.
So John contacted Brett Housholder, the SBDC’s program manager for procurement and contracting opportunities, who helped John work through the lengthy certification process.
“He spent a lot of time with me, getting me to understand all the paperwork and the steps required, then he helped me fill out that paperwork properly,” John said.
John successfully became eligible for the program in July 2016. Not long after, he received a contract for a $70,000 medical gas project at the Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and he planned to bid on a second VA project.
“They like to use veterans and disabled veterans first,” he said. “Of course you have to be competitive. But (the certification) puts you up on the map.”
Brett also helped Haid’s Plumbing and Heating become certified for a second program – the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program, which offers assistance to firms owned and at least 51 percent controlled by people deemed to be “socially and economically disadvantaged.”
“We had to kind of prepare a narrative that explained why as service disabled, that hindered John from getting work other companies might be eligible for,” Brett said. John obtained certification for the 8(a) program in November 2016.
“The ultimate goal of these certifications is that eventually, you start winning government jobs,” Brett added, and in John’s case, he got off to a good start.
While the process took several months, John always pressed forward with the sometimes arduous task of completing the certification requirements.
“As far as clients go, John was kind of the gold standard in terms of being prepared and being willing to put in the work to get the goal accomplished,” Brett said.