Safety device company opens Downtown office

RACINE — More than two years after starting their business in a Mount Pleasant home, the founders of 425 Inc. have moved into a Downtown Racine space to keep pace with the company’s growth.

425 Inc., which makes a wearable LED flasher designed to make people more visible, has opened a new office at 510 College Ave. The 2,100-square-foot space is the base of operations for the company, which has sales representatives in several cities across the country.

Read more about this growing company at http://journaltimes.com/business/local/safety-device-company-opens-downtown-office/article_7617508e-6751-5482-aa5a-8315afb5dc98.html

SBIR Grants Help Increase Company Growth, Decrease Forest Waste

Madison – With Mother Nature providing the raw material, a company based in Madison, Wisconsin, saw a chance to grow its business, help the local economy, and promote a sustainable environment all at the same time.

Read more http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/09/12/sbir-grants-help-increase-company-growth-decrease-forest-waste/

With Mother Nature providing the raw material, a company based in Madison, Wisconsin, saw a chance to grow its business, help the local economy, and promote a sustainable environment all at the same time.

WholeTrees Architecture and Structures is a small, woman-owned business that has successfully leveraged four Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants into a business opportunity that has increased local revenue and grown the company from six employees and gross income of $150,000 in 2009 to 17 employees and gross income of about $1 million in 2013.  The company projects revenue increasing to $4 million by 2016.  USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administered the SBIR grants.

– See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/09/12/sbir-grants-help-increase-company-growth-decrease-forest-waste/#sthash.R84BTu6d.dpuf

Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons Bidding Opportunities

Now that we’ve hired our general contractor – Gilbane Building Co and C.G. Schmidt – we’re inviting local and small business enterprises (SBEs) to join us as we build our future and change the Milwaukee skyline with the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons.

There will be scores of subcontractor opportunities, and we are committed to fulfilling our promise to  hire SBEs engaged in the construction trades. We want our fellow businesses to be partners in the process of making our vision a reality, and we’re asking community-based organizations to help us get the word out to their constituents.

Click here to view more information about the project and job opportunities.

HUBZones Expiring October 1, 2014

Did you know that 102 Redesignated Nonmetropolitan Counties are expiring on October 1 this year? Check the HUBZone maps landing page (http://www.sba.gov/content/hubzone-maps) for the latest designation information. To check on the status of your principal office and employees, you can

Visit http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/ce83cb for what this may mean for your business.

The 4th quarter scramble: Opportunities for contractors?

September 2, 2014 — This week on “Off the Shelf”, Bill Gormley, president of the Gormley Group, Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst for Bloomberg Government, and Miguel Garrido, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, dissect the end of fiscal year budget profile — who has funding and where it will be obligated!

Gormley provides insights and recommendations regarding key competitive market strategies for companies responding to the fourth quarter surge in buying.

For more information visit http://www.federalnewsradio.com/145/3691605/The-4th-quarter-scramble-Opportunities-for-contractors

Can Better Buying Power 3.0 preserve America’s tech edge?

The next phase of the Pentagon’s attempt to improve how it buys both weapons and IT will focus on shoring up what senior Defense Department officials say is an increasingly tenuous American lead in technological know-how.

The latest acquisition reform program, which a DOD spokeswoman said could be unveiled as early as Sept. 12, will focus on getting proven technology in the hands of soldiers faster, said Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall.

For more information visit http://fcw.com/articles/2014/09/03/dod-better-buying-power-30.aspx?s=fcwdaily_040914