As you might have read on our news page, CAS Group received its Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contract program certification from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). There are several reasons why we felt it was important to go through the rigorous process of the certification and want to share some of those thoughts on this blog post.
Navigating Complex Federal Contracting Programs
The SBA offers women-owned businesses valuable resources. In particular, it helps small business owners and disadvantaged groups navigate complex federal contracting programs. For CAS Group, we believe that the certification will strengthen our ability to market our services – and our passion for excellence – to projects funded by the federal government and may even bring tax breaks to our partners in the private sector.
Further Proving Cas Group’s Credibility
The firm’s WOSB certification is a meaningful way for CAS Group to prove its integrity and credibility. Our capabilities and the strength of our business have been proven to be sound through the robust and thorough application process. We work hard to distinguish ourselves as sharp, agile, diligent, collaborative consultants. For more than 11 years, we have been committed to deliver sound solutions for complex planning, design, and construction projects. Ultimately, we recognize that the WOSB certification can raise our profile in the public sector and demonstrate throughout the marketplace that woman-owned businesses can add value and contribute to our clients’ success.
According to the SBA, prior to the pandemic there were nearly 1.1 million women-owned businesses with employees in the U.S. that had more than nine (9) million workers combined.
Qualifying For Government Set-Asides
Some people might not be aware that each year the U.S. government aims to award at least five percent of its contract funds to women-owned small businesses in recognition of the important role woman-owned businesses play in the economy. According to the SBA, prior to the pandemic there were nearly 1.1 million women-owned businesses with employees in the U.S. that had more than nine (9) million workers combined. Note that only 15% of those businesses were professional, scientific, or technical firms like CAS Group.
The WOSB certification qualifies CAS Group for projects set-aside by the government for performance by woman-owned small businesses. We firmly believe that our capabilities and commitment to our clients is what has built our reputation and our project portfolio over the past decade. The certification will allow CAS Group to bring that same culture of excellence to a broad range of exciting and important federal projects. And, it will help strengthen our reputation as a valuable partner to other prime consultants that are assembling teams for large federal projects that have woman-owned or small business targets.
CAS Group’s project portfolio already includes successful service delivery for both domestic and international federal projects. We performed coastal flood modeling for the U.S. Embassy in East Timor for the U.S. State Department and conducted value engineering for navigational improvements on the lower Columbia River on the border of Oregon and Washington for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). We look forward to securing additional federal projects in the months and years ahead.
Demonstrating We Are Small But Mighty
Jennifer Lindbom, Founder and President of CAS Group, launched her career in planning as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and has continually sought to have a positive impact on projects and her profession. CAS Group has exceptional expertise in areas relevant to many federal agencies and there is great value we can bring to the mission of our national agencies from coastal flood protection to navigation, infrastructure delivery, and engaging effectively with constituents. We may be a small organization in a sea of large multinational AEC companies, but we have proven that no project is too big or too small for CAS Group. Over the last 11 years, the firm has been an integral part of the delivery of over $2 billion worth of projects and involved in the development of an additional $4 billion.
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