Washington and Company, a business consultancy and training firm, which offers services in leadership development and performance management was officially certified as a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
On December 18, 2012, Washington & Company was notified of their award status in a letter from the Director of the Center for Veterans Enterprise, Andrea M. Gardner-Ince. The Department of Veterans Affairs has special authority to provide Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB/VOSB) with set-aside and sole source federal contracts.
The Department of Veterans Affairs created the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), which is solely dedicated to assisting Veterans to start and build their businesses. On October 20th, 2004, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13360 calling for an increase Federal contracting and subcontracting opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned businesses.
"I am truly pleased with the CVE's decision to award our firm the SDVOSB certification," said Dr. David Washington, managing partner of Washington & Company. "The SDVOSB certification is one of several major strategies that have been launched by the firm to increase our market position within the governmental sector." Washington & Company is also certified as a North Carolina Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) by The North Carolina Department of Administration.
Washington & Company offers consultative and training services in the areas of strategic and human capital management. The firm's clients include: the Veterans' Business Outreach Center, RLM Communications, Inc., and the American Heart Association.
The addition of the SDVOSB certification for Washington & Company means that the organization is now eligible to participate in the Veterans First Contracting Program. "We are now more competitive for governmental contracting opportunities and we can leverage our expertise within the sector," explains Dr. Washington.
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