The GSA Mentor-Protégé Program is helping to increase the number of small businesses eligible for GSA contracts by providing them with the tools necessary to help them succeed.
Bethesda, MD (Vocus) October 19, 2010
Catapult Technology, Ltd. (Catapult), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) Information Technology (IT) contractor to the federal government, announces that it is participating in the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Mentor-Protégé Program, which fosters long-term relationships between GSA prime contractors and small businesses.
Of the mentor companies participating in the program, Catapult is mentoring the most small businesses. Those businesses are:
- Dexcisive, a woman-owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB);
- Federal Data Systems (FDS), a SDVOSB;
- NSR Solutions, a 8(a) HUBZone, woman-owned small business.
“As a former small business, Catapult understands the value of sharing what it has achieved,” said Tony Eiland, Administrator of the GSA Mentor-Protégé Program. “The GSA Mentor-Protégé Program is helping to increase the number of small businesses eligible for GSA contracts by providing them with the tools necessary to help them succeed.”
Randy J. Slager, CEO, Chairman, and founder of Catapult, added, “As a veteran-owned business, part of Catapult’s business strategy is to provide mutually beneficial developmental assistance to other veteran-owned businesses that are starting out. We want to empower these small businesses to expand their technical capabilities while broadening their customer base.
“Being a part of the GSA Mentor-Protégé program is an integral part of Catapult’s sourcing plans as we help small businesses that don’t have the deep pockets that are required to effectively compete.”
The GSA Mentor-Protégé Program is intended to enhance small businesses’ capability in performing successfully on GSA contracts and subcontracts. To further that objective, Catapult’s senior management team has committed to providing protégé firms with access to Catapult’s
management team. Each protégé company will be assigned a Catapult executive who will be the liaison between the protégé company and Catapult.
Catapult will track the time and resources invested in the Program and report back to GSA to gauge the company’s effectiveness as a mentor.
As a Mentor, one of the key criteria to participate in the GSA Mentor-Protégé Program is to be a large business prime contractor that is currently performing under an approved subcontracting plan as required by Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Part 19.7.
As a Protégé, one of the criteria for eligibility is to be a small business, small disadvantaged business, women-owned small business, HUBZone small business, veteran-owned small business, or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
“Hard work and smart strategy helped us grow, but so did mentoring from larger companies,” Catapult’s CEO Slager added. “Today, as a mid-tier firm, we are committed to helping small businesses grow and succeed.”
Catapult has an ongoing relationship with GSA. The company is a prime contractor with GSA on two contracts: the GSA Infrastructure Technology Global Operations (GITGO) contract, providing enterprise consolidation services to the Office of the CIO serving 15,000 GSA employees; and the GSA IT Modification contract, providing the Project Management Office (PMO) managing a team that is implementing the results of an IT modernization study conducted by Catapult for GSA in December 2009.
About Catapult Technology
Catapult Technology is a leading Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) Information Technology contracting firm that provides a wide array of Technology and Management Solutions and Enterprise Systems to the federal government. Catapult is focused on quality service delivery and has been independently certified as a Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 company and is also ISO 20000:2005 and ISO 9001:2008 registered. Catapult was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Go to http://www.catapulttechnology.com for more information.
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