The Georgia Tech-based MBDA Business Center (MBC) received two awards from the Department of Commerce MBDA Atlanta National Enterprise Center at the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Southeast Regional Conference in Columbia, S.C. on July 12: one for a successful year of performance and another for being one of the top-performing centers that helped its client secure an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract during 2010. With the assistance of the MBC, DoverStaffing, Inc., a 15-year-old firm specializing in project management, staffing and training for the public and private sectors, was selected for the SeaPort-e IDIQ with the U.S. Navy. Worth more than $31 billion, this IDIQ provides a major growth strategy for DoverStaffing in the next five years.
Led by president and CEO Sanquinetta Dover, DoverStaffing has nine full-time internal employees and more than 200 full-time staff on contract nationwide. In addition to receiving the IDIQ, DoverStaffing became one of only six firms to be awarded the Georgia Statewide Contract for Temporary Employees. In 2010, this contract created 283 jobs in Georgia.
DoverStaffing is experiencing other successes, too. In 2010, the company was second on the list of Atlanta’s fastest growing women-owned companies by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, received the 50 Powerful Minority Women in Business award and was featured by the U.S. Small Business Administration for its success as an 8(a) firm. DoverStaffing is also highlighted in the spring 2011 edition of Professional Woman’s Multicultural Magazine. The MBDA Business Center continues to assist DoverStaffing in rebranding the company, building infrastructure capacity, executing projects, and securing opportunities and finance.
The annual MBDA Southeast Regional Conference provides an opportunity for agency and MBC staff to come together to network, receive training and celebrate their accomplishments. Staff members from the MBDA Business Centers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and North Carolina attended the July conference.