Construction Focused on Social Responsibility

Born in Boston but raised in Colombia, Guiomar Obregon returned to the United States to receive both an MBA and Master of Civil Engineering degree from Georgia Tech. In partnership with her husband, Ms. Obregon opened Precision 2000, a civil-infrastructure construction firm, in 1998, and together they took on their first project at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Over time, Precision 2000 continued to be contracted on projects with Hartsfield-Jackson as well as additional projects with the city of Atlanta and other private companies. Today, Precision 2000 has been one of the few Hispanic female-owned companies to work on the expansion of the Atlanta airport.

Ms. Obregon first came into contact with the Atlanta MBDA Business Center when she was pursuing an 8(a) certification for Precision 2000 in 2002. After her initial application for the certification was returned, Ms. Obregon noted that the guidance and expertise offered by the centers allowed her to refile the application and accurately and effectively navigate through the paperwork to achieve 8(a) certification. Since her initial contact with the Centers, Ms. Obregon has participated in a handful of matchmaking events, roundtables, and meet and greets offered through the Atlanta MBDA Centers.

I thank the MBDA Centers who promote and support minority contractors. Its a huge help to know where to go when you need support or a connection. They are always available to help. Its really great advice and at a great value. Im extremely grateful weve had the opportunity to work with the Atlanta Centers.” – Guiomar Obregon 

Ms. Obregon noted that her education from Georgia Tech has helped propel her forward in her career as an entrepreneur and civil engineer. To continue to inspire the next generation of students from Colombia as well as to promote engineering education, Precision 2000 established the Precision 2000 Inc. Fellowship at Georgia Tech’s School of Building Construction in December of 2017. With an initial commitment of $40,000, and a pledge to increase the fellowship funding to $100,000 in 2021, Precision 2000 continues to invest in the future of a greater, global community. To learn more about the fellowship, click here.

Precision 2000 strives to be the leading civil infrastructure construction company, known for innovation, reliability, and excellence. With a reputation as a respected airport general contractor, it continues to tread forward despite the unprecedented times of the last year. Noting that Precision 2000 survived the 2008 recession and has now survived the 2020 pandemic recession, Ms. Obregon’s positive attitude and leadership style has helped her company navigate the unique circumstances needed to not just rebuild, but excel in their work.

To learn more about Precision 2000, make sure to visit their website and follow them on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

Dawson’s Management: A Big Step into the Federal Sector

Ms. Labrescia Dawson

Ms. Labrescia Dawson serves as the President, founder, and CEO of Dawson’s Management. Dawson’s Management is a certified 8(a), HUBZone, and Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

Dawson Management also operates its subsidiary, Dawson’s Realty & Mortgages (which Ms. Dawson opened in 2006), and this real estate vertical oversees the real estate, asset management, and property preservation. It was Ms. Dawson’s original work as a real estate broker in Dawson’s Realty & Mortgages that led to the creation of Dawson’s Management.

Ms. Dawson realized that the asset management services her company provided for entities such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), hedge funds, and banks were being subcontracted to manage government-owned properties. This realization led Ms. Dawson to pursue certifications such as the 8(a), HUBZone, EDWOSB, and others which would position her to receive state, commercial, and federal contracts as a prime contractor.

Ms. Dawson noted that she first came into contact with the Atlanta MBDA Business Center in October 2020. She stated that she was attending a webinar hosted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) where the host spoke well of the Atlanta MBDA Centers, especially surrounding our assistance in the acquisition process for government contracts. After quickly reaching out to the Centers, Ms. Dawson began conversations about the possibilities to scale her business and explore business opportunities with other Atlanta MDBA Business Center clients.

“You need places like the Atlanta MBDA Center. The counselors are a wealth of knowledge and eager to point you in the right direction. In essence, the Centers are a teammate for me… As a result of the additional training I received through the Atlanta MBDA Centers and assistance from the SBA, we were able to secure three additional contracts last year which Dawson’s Management had been pursuing for years.” Labrescia Dawson

The future of Dawson Management looks strong. Ms. Dawson noted that in the next six years, her company will be graduating out of the SBA 8(a) program and will be pursuing even greater contracts. Recently she noted that they were able to secure contracts with government entities such as the National Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the CDC.

To learn more about Dawson Management, be sure to visit their website and Facebook page.

Strategic Partners – Atlanta Business League

The Atlanta Business League (ABL) is a thriving extension of the  National Negro Business League (NNBL) which was founded in 1900.  Dr. Booker T. Washington originally established the NNBL  to enhance and expand economic prosperity within the African American community. Today, the Atlanta Business League serves as a pillar of economic growth for minority and female owned or operated businesses in  metro Atlanta.  The ABL is a  strategic partner of the Atlanta MBDA Centers.  The group uses its collective influence to help small businesses navigate through the complexities of doing business within specific government and business communities.

Leona Barr-Davenport serves as the President and CEO of the Atlanta Business League. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Benedict College, an HBCU, and started her career working for companies such as Gencom, Inc. and Broniec Associates. Ms. Barr-Davenport also received her M.B.A. from Clark Atlanta University through a program created by the Dean’s Community Improvement Scholarship.

Ms. Barr Davenport has more than 25 years of experience in program development, organizational management, and fundraising.  She serves on several advisory boards and committees and has been honored by many organizations with several awards for her commitment and dedication to developing opportunities for black-owned and operated businesses through the Atlanta Business League.

The Atlanta Business League offers programs, services and educational opportunities for companies that are designed to help individuals and companies grow their businesses, connect with other African American and corporate business leaders, and become profitable.  If you would like to learn more about the Atlanta Business League visit the organization’s  website.  To learn more about becoming an ABL member also visit the group on Facebook and Twitter.