Answer: Our stock isn't publicly traded. When a company's stock is publically traded, the shareholders elect corporate officers based on how much money they can make them. When the bottom line becomes top priority, a conflict of interest exists between appeasing the shareholders and doing what’s right for the government customer.
On the other hand, privately-held companies (especially the ones with the owner's name on the front door) have business identities that are indistinguishably linked to their directors. The reputation of the company reflects on the reputation of the owner, who is in it for the long haul, not just until the next shareholder election.
Answer: By nature, the services provided by small businesses tend to be specialized. J.R. Mannes specializes in cyber, intelligence, strategy, support, technology, and training. We are advocates of moving government contracts away from the billion-dollar companies that monopolize the industry to small business set asides. We believe that small businesses are the backbone of this great country, incentivized to provide our nation’s citizens with the best value for our tax dollars.
That being said, there are number things that differentiate us from most of our small business contemporaries, as we:
What this all means is that we have performed exceptionally well on contracts; possess the corporate infrastructure to navigate complex government requirements to obtain and maintain schedules, certifications, and verifications; proven that we have the resources to rapidly expand on a moment’s notice; and we can compete and win against companies whose electricity bill for just one of their many buildings exceeds our entire operating budget.
Answer: It could be because we don’t have buildings with our name on them, super bowl ads, or manufacture sexy fighter jets or weapons systems. We are an enterprising small business that counts on word of mouth advertising for a job well done. In our circles, the accolades of our customers and employees speak louder than any ad campaign.
Answer: HUBzone stands for historically underutilized business Zone. Certification comes when a company is located, and 35% of its employees reside, in a HUBZone. By comparison, 8(a) is a special status given to a firm that is owned and operated by persons deemed to be socially or economically disadvantaged.
Unlike a HUBZone small business, an 8(a) is not required to employ the socioeconomically disadvantaged other than its majority shareholder(s). For this reason, contracts awarded to HUBZone small businesses employ a larger number and have a greater impact on the socioeconomically disadvantaged than those awarded to 8(a) businesses.
Answer: Veteran business owners and the Government mutually benefit from the Vets First program. Upon approval, the program participant is presented with documented proof of eligibility. By awarding contracts to Vets First-verified companies, the government can be confident that tax dollars are going to legitimate service disabled veteran-owned small business.