By Terry Stroud, SBTDC/PTAC Counselor at Fayetteville State University
Valet Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service, Inc. is a minority-owned SDVOSB company based in Fayetteville, NC. Actively in business since November 2012, they provide pickup and delivery dry cleaning services, and have been a client of the SBTDC and NC PTAC since October 2012.
Over the last four years, SBTDC Business Counselors and his PTAC Counselor have routinely met with the client to assist him his company’s capabilities to achieve his goal of making government contracting a significant part of his company’s revenue stream. With each opportunity the client has pursued, he has been very receptive to the assistance given to him by the PTAC counselor, and continues to improve his operations and personal capabilities.
With the assistance of the PTAC counselor, the client recently received his approval letter from the CVE certifying his business as Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB). As a result of the time and effort put into the application, the client was able to successfully achieve this certification without any delays or requests for additional information. This new certification will allow the client to pursue several upcoming local opportunities with the VA, and hopefully lead to additional contracts in the near future.
Since the successful completion of getting his VA SDVOSB Certification, we have transitioned to our next major assistance project with the client, starting up his own facility. Working with NC PTAC counselor and SBTDC business counselor assistance, the client’s successful completion of the new facility project will improve the pricing and overall control of his business operations bringing 100% of his operations under his control. This project will also generate up to 10 additional full-time positions within his company. PTAC will continue to assist the client as he continues to move his company forward in government contracting.