Prime Architects, Norman – Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Architect/Owner Gene Lavastida contacts his OBAN coordinator when questions arise. "It's like having an unpaid executive on staff."
THEN: With 15-plus years of experience working for large architectural/engineering firms, architect Gene Lavastida went out on his own in 2013 to design government facilities and private sector commercial projects. Through classes offered by the Small Business Administration, he met the Francis Tuttle Technology Center OBAN coordinator who understood government contracting and has helped Prime Architects
- Take logical steps to grow the business, incorporating strategies with the federal government and identifying appropriate resources and contacts.
- Apply for and receive government certifications that help small businesses win contracts, including Small Business Administration-certified 8(a), --service-disabled veteran-owned small business, disadvantaged business enterprise and HUBZone.
NOW: Expanding services to include construction as a design-build firm and incorporating government contracting strategies learned from working with OBAN, the company has doubled its income during the last year. The company has also identified a particular niche of small business government procurement procedures to target.