Business Name
Challenge Innovation Technology, Inc.
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Mr. Sydney Brown was very instrumental in assisting me with VOSB certification, and continually providing support for additional certification.

Date of Submission:
May 25, 2017 1:14 pm
Business Name
McLaurin Services
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
I had a time trying to reestablish my business after a broken partnership. It was in a mess, trying to untangle two family partner and re-establish my independence. I was able with help and guidance of Natalie Purvis re-establish Duns number after being locked out and having to prove my identity. I was also able to redo my Sam with her assistance. I could not have done it without her.

Date of Submission:
May 19, 2017 9:37 am
Business Name
Mae's Cleaning Service
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Natalie Purvis recommended my company for the contract at Multi-County Agency in Meridian. It was my first contract. If she did not recommend me, I would not have received the contract and gained valuable experience.

Date of Submission:
May 18, 2017 3:53 pm
Business Name
Vets at Work Contracting Inc.
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
I am writing this letter to inform you, that while we still have a lot of work left to do, if it was not for Ms. Chioma Anosike, we would have so much more. In fact, we would not even know what needed to be done or where to begin. She has been instrumental in our success thus far. If not for her guidance we would still be at square 1 and the knowledge she shares with us is priceless! We look forward in to working with her in the near future and hopefully for many years to come.

Date of Submission:
May 18, 2017 9:36 am
Business Name
Crystal Clear Computer Solutions, LLC
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Ms. Anosike has worked with me to setup two companies and positioned both for government contract. She is dedicated and take pride in her work. She is always accessible through email and phone calls. She has a positive effect and unique style of counseling, which is a confidence boost to her clients. When I couldn’t find performance and payment Bond Company, Ms. Anosike advice and referral helped me find one. Thank you for all your support.

Date of Submission:
May 18, 2017 9:27 am
Business Name
Matters of the Heart Adult Center, LLC
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
I would like to take this time to thank Ms. Anosike for direction. Since beginning counseling with her, I have accomplished many steps towards establishing my business idea. Because I can finally visualize some of the things that we’ve talked about, I’m very excited and want to work harder. I look forward to you working with me in the near future. Thank you for your patience with me in a long process of government contracting.

Date of Submission:
May 17, 2017 12:47 pm
Business Name
Patriot Staff, Inc.
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Patriot Staff, Inc. had a valuable customer "in the wings" until we accomplished both SAM and CVE. With the help of Chioma in Southaven, we were able to meet our customer's standards and was awarded the contract. Kudos to Chioma and the state for having such capable people on staff.

Date of Submission:
May 11, 2017 7:26 pm
Business Name
Quality Aluminum & Home Improvement
Contract Details:
The Contracting Office at CAFB referred me to Bill Burge with the NE MS Contract Procurement Center. Bill provided assistance with obtaining a DUNS Number and
completion of our SAM Registration which allowed us to receive our first award from CAFB. He also assisted with a number of questions, counseling, and training regarding the Procurement Process with Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies. I have also
attended a training class provided by NMCPC and plan to attend additional classes. I appreciate his time and efforts which have surely benefited my business.
Issues Faced:
Obtaining a DUNS Number, Completion of SAM Registration, Counseling & Training.

Date of Submission:
November 22, 2016 1:57 pm
Business Name
Staten Logistics LLC
Contract Details:
Four months ago I walked into the office of Chioma Anoskie, carrying with me an overwhelming feeling of discouragement and concern about the future of my small business. With her wise council and spirit of encouragement, she led me through the rigorous process of Government contract registration and how to market my business.
First, Chioma educated me as to what steps to take to register with SAM, MDOT, and IRS. This took the exchange of numerous emails, phone calls and office visits, she was always quick to respond and always willing to see me promptly. She provided the tools that would help build a strong Capability Statement, Resume, and Executive summary and also, taking the time to proof read each item I sent her. She helped in designing a business card, and provided off campus training that clarified many questions I had about Government contacts. This is just a few examples of a larger picture.
Issues Faced:
Thanks to Chioma, I have just been awarded my first Government contract with the USDA for $3500. Dreux M. Johnson contacted me about shipping an incinerator from Jackson Mississippi to Key West Florida. This turn of events has lifted my confident and given me a new outlook about the future of my business. I cannot express enough to anyone about how grateful I am for the mentorship and guiding light that Chioma extended to me through this journey. She is the reason for my success.
How many jobs were generated or rerained as a results of the MPTAP's Assistance?

Date of Submission:
October 27, 2016 10:08 am
Business Name
Let's Go America
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Natalie Purvis was able to provide assistance with Service Disabled Certification and multitude of issues associated with Application.

Date of Submission:
June 28, 2016 10:05 am
Business Name
Innovative Performance Construction
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Mr. Sydney Brown was very instrumental in assisting me with HUBZONE and 8(a) certification. I wrote a proposal for my first federal contract as 8(a) business and was awarded the contract. I have since bidded on one 8(a) set aside with the Army Corp of Engineers and was the 3rd lowest bidder, but I am very excited that the best is yet to come as a result of my certification

Date of Submission:
June 21, 2016 6:43 pm
Business Name
Zyaa Inc
Contract Details:
Through multiple certifications Sydney Brown helped me to obtain business through the Veteran Affairs.
Issues Faced:
Sydney Brown helped our company to compile information for application to obtain MBE status.

Date of Submission:
June 7, 2016 4:42 pm
Business Name
Industrial & Crane Services, Inc.
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
I'd like to thank Karen Castillo, Procurement Advisor at the South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center (SMCPC) for her patient "above and beyond" service to our company, Industrial & Crane Services, Inc. Our company had about 20 NAICs codes in our SMCPC profile. Karen graciously whittled them down to 12 with me yesterday on the phone so that they'd match what our company has in our SAM profile. After our phone conversation, Karen followed-up via email to ensure we both had the same codes. I also needed to change who in our company received bid leads via email from SMCPC. I completed that task with Karen on the phone yesterday too. However, today, I reviewed the NAICs codes and email addresses with my boss and he had another change to which email address would receive the bid leads. I emailed Karen and she cheerfully made that change as well. All I can say to SMCPC is "Thanks again for EVERYTHING!"

Libba
Libba Binion
Industrial & Crane Services, Inc.

Date of Submission:
June 1, 2016 11:39 am
Business Name
Floor Co.
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
SMPC (Marsha & Karen) where great assistance in information in obtaining 8a when I tried to seek assistance from the SBA and they could not give me any information and sent me to SMPC.

Date of Submission:
May 4, 2016 9:27 am
Business Name
B&W Contractors, Inc.
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
We would like to sincerely express our appreciation for your (Marcia) guidance and knowledge you have provided to us. You have been extremely helpful to us setting up our business correctly and completing all of the proper forms. You have always been able to provide us with the information we needed for all of our questions and concerns. I am especially grateful for your sincerity and compassion. You have never once rushed me through an appointment and that means more than you know. You have always made me feel welcome. You have taken time to explain everything we were discussing in detail so that I actually understand what I'm doing and why. I can always rely on you to provide helpful resources for whatever the topic may be. You have helped us set goals and together we have made plans on how to achieve them. Thank you for your time, commitment to, and genuine care for small businesses. I look forward to a productive, prosperous future.

Thanks you,
Jill and James Brown

Date of Submission:
March 1, 2016 1:54 pm
Business Name
Commercial Electric of Long Beach, Inc.
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
I wish I would have known about the SMCPC when I took over my business from my dad 15-20 years ago. The SMCPC has been like a guardian angel for me. They guide me in the world of small business where there is no rule book.
The www.mscpc.com website is a good start, but Marcia’s and Karen’s guidance have been key in my success. In Dec 2015, I applied for my DBE certification and was denied. I scanned the MDOT letter with appeal instructions to Karen and asked her to translate it for me. She not only clarified the points to which I needed to respond but she also gave me valuable advice on how to handle the appeal.
Karen suggested I send a draft of my appeal letter to Deyon Hampton, USDOT who offered his services when I attended the MS Contract Development Program (another valuable training that I received from SMCPC) earlier in 2015. Deyon gave me top level pointers but Karen filled in the blanks regarding the mechanics of how to proceed.
I had already invested so much time into obtaining this certification including filling out mounds of paperwork, having MDOT inspect my business place and travelling to Jackson MS for a board interview. Thirty days had already lapsed and I had ninety days to respond, so I felt nervous with so much on the line. Karen advised me that if I was denied the DBE certification then I’d have to wait a year to reapply. Additionally, she said she didn’t recommend that I apply for other certifications, such as the SBA Woman Owned Small Business certification because part of the application is a question asking if I’d been denied for any other certifications.
After I mailed my appeal, USDOT emailed me for follow-up information. Again, I asked Karen to translate. She suggested that I always keep my answers short and to the point. We discussed how to respond. At this point, I felt comfortable enough to email my response to USDOT and I copied Karen. Through this process, I learned the mechanics of how to respond to the state and federal bureaucracies. I am not sure if I could have gotten through the DBE appeal process without Karen’s help. I am so grateful for all that Karen and Marcia have done for me. This DBE certification is just so important to me and I really didn't want to mess it up.
I have no one to bounce things like this off of since my company consists of me and I am the owner and an electrician, my brother who is an electrician, my cousin who is our accountant and two other electricians. I told Karen that I should get a response in three months from USDOT regarding my appeal but I didn’t know about any follow-up action required. I was concerned that I’d have to fill out even more paperwork, have another MDOT inspector visit my place of business or I’d have to meet another board in Jackson MS. Karen suggested I ask Deyon since he is familiar with the process. I did so and now feel more comfortable that Deyon will let me know what to expect. I am so thankful for all of Karen’s help. I really appreciate her and Marcia more than they will ever know. Their office is truly a gold mine for small business and their services are free of charge to boot!

Date of Submission:
February 11, 2016 11:49 am
Business Name
Lorinda C. Daniels
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
We have won 4 Federal contracts this year thanks to your team training, helping and very patiently teaching us how to do business with the government. We are ever so grateful!
Ken & Lorinda Leonard

Date of Submission:
November 2, 2015 3:31 pm
Business Name
Beck Electric Supply
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
When an Individual goes beyond the call of duty in his/her profession I believe it is worthy of
acknowledgement.
My colleagues Todd Henkes and Chuck Stein have had the pleasure of personally meeting with
Ms. McDowell on several occasions in recent weeks. She has been an invaluable resource as
we have experienced several challenges with MS SoS Registration, Virtual Tenant issues, D&B
hang ups and SAM misunderstandings.
Throughout the frustrating process Ms. McDowell has been professional, knowledgeable and
more responsive than anyone I can remember conducting business with. Oh yes …. and
perhaps most importantly of all …. she has patience beyond compare.
Unfortunately In a world of mediocrity, poor service is expected …. therefor when a shining star
like Ms. McDowell emerges and performs to a higher standard it is truly appreciated.
Although I’m certain you are aware of Ms. McDowell’s noble qualities. I would be remiss not to
create this brief letter to illustrate them from my viewpoint.
Thank you for your time.
Best regards,
Raymond Beck

Date of Submission:
September 23, 2015 6:07 pm
Business Name
Patriot
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
With the assistance and leadership of Chioma, our company qualified for the CVE status, making it possible to take on a contract.

Date of Submission:
August 17, 2015 6:44 pm
Business Name
Beck Electric Supply
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
WE are still in the process of getting our company set up to do business with the Government and their contractors. Marcia McDowell has been very helpful in navigating our way through this process. She has worked tirelessly on assisting us with this process and we're not finished yet. Marcia sent us an invite to a Lunch & Learn at Stennis which our salesman attended and was introduced to a NASA buyer which turned into two contracts so far. I've never worked with a person like Marcia who has a passion to help businesses become successful and we greatly appreciate ALL that she does for us.

Date of Submission:
August 11, 2015 2:59 pm
Business Name
Coastwide Reporters Inc
Contract Details:
Karen updated our SAM so that we could get paid for a court reporting job that we did in Jan 2015.
Issues Faced:
For Karen, I want to give you a BIG THANK YOU for all you have done to help us with all of this SAM'S mess! Lol, it's been crazy. It seems from the email that it is taken care of. Please let me know if you think there is anything else that needs to be done.

I forwarded the email to Carmen Williams, the lady with the government who has been waiting so they can get Lynn paid. She replied with a thank you, so that's a great sign to me. I will forward the email I received from her, to you.

I'd love to buy you that cocktail, you deserve it!

Sincerely,

Robin Williams

Date of Submission:
August 6, 2015 6:24 pm
Business Name
ET Dockery Consulting LLC
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Ms. Castillo

First of all thank you very much for your invaluable assistance in acquiring my Certification for SDVOBC with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The fact that you would take your personal time and contact me on a Sunday shows a commitment that is very seldom seen.

Please forward the necessary information for my firm (ET Dockery Consulting LLC) to become a part of your client Data base.

Believe me if you are an example of the staff I always want you in my corner.

Eddie T Dockery
Service Disabled Veteran
President/CEO Certified (SDVOBC)
ET Dockery Consulting LLC
(301) 233-7836

Date of Submission:
August 6, 2015 6:05 pm
Business Name
ORR'S ENVIRONMENTAL, LLC
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Due to Ms. Chiomsa's assistance, I was awarded my VET BIZ certification. She advised me when my initial application was rejected and gave me multiple options to resubmit. She was very clear, competent, patient and followed up with me during the evaluation. She is incredible at what she does.

Date of Submission:
June 16, 2015 2:35 pm
Business Name
Patriot
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Due to Chiomsa's help applying for SAM and CVE. We were awarded the contract prior to completing CVE.

Date of Submission:
May 27, 2015 7:10 pm
Business Name
VPS Technologies and Design Studios, Inc.
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Karen has been a great help to me for the SCDVOSB certification. She is a straight shooter and I'd recommend any veteran to give her a call. I can't wait until my business is registered in SAM so that I can start bidding on VA contracts!

Date of Submission:
April 14, 2015 12:21 pm
Business Name
FRYE TILE & EXTERIOR COATING, INC.
Contract Details:
Removed flooring in AFB chapel. Installed new ceramic tile and new luxury vinyl tile.
Issues Faced:
Helped with WAWF in order for us to receive payment. This was new to me. Bill Burge helped walk me through it and painted me in the direction of additional help.

Date of Submission:
March 26, 2015 8:21 am
Business Name
Hollins Customized Security Service, LLC
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
"... I appreciated it all the effort that you guys put into ensuring the success of my current business... You guys are great at what you do and I hope to always be able to contact you I have a question about business. yours truly Gregory Hollins" Hollins Customized Security Service, LLC

Date of Submission:
March 23, 2015 2:16 pm
Business Name
Labor Finders of D'iberville
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Karen Castillo has been such a huge help for me, and I wanted to thank her. She taught me NCO, helped me register for MAGIC and is now about to assist me with my SAM registration. I couldn't have done all of this without her. She is fantastic!

Date of Submission:
March 5, 2015 11:46 am
Business Name
Machado-Patano, PLLC
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
My issue had to do with getting registered on SAM. I first went to see Ms. Marcia(SMCPC) three months ago to help me through this process. The big issues with my firm getting registered is there were the change of company names in the past and multiple DUNS #'s. The process of getting through this was at the least enjoyable, but after meeting with Ms. Marcia on numerous occasions and many emails, I finally got registered. Ms. Marcia was very helpful and a joy to work with. I would not have been able to get registered without her. Thanks again Ms. Marcia!

Date of Submission:
September 19, 2014 8:36 am
Business Name
Lorinda C. Daniels
Contract Details:
My husband and I are in charge of the Keesler AFB chapel music program. I am the Director and he is a musician. The contract is out for bid annually. This year the solicitation coincided with my husband's and my SAM registration update. Without an updated SAM registration, we would not have been competitive for these contracts.
Issues Faced:
Karen was a real life saver for my and my husband's businesses! A good portion of our livelihood is based on two federal contracts. Our SAM registration was not up to date so we found ourselves in a most precarious situation.
Unfortunately, our SAM update was due at the same time as our bids were due to renew our contracts.

We are most grateful to Karen, as she did a great job of training and advising while walking me through the SAM renewal process step by step. I learned even more than the first time I registered.

Also, Karen showed me how to efficiently maneuver around on your web page. So, now I'm printing all the instructions to the certifications I'm interested in applying for, and will be better prepared for my next meeting with your office regarding certifications.

Many Thanks!

Date of Submission:
August 11, 2014 3:15 pm
Business Name
Lorinda C. Daniels
Contract Details:
My husband and I are in charge of the Keesler AFB chapel music program. I am the Director and he is a musician. The contract is out for bid annually. This year the solicitation coincided with my husband's and my SAM registration update. Without an updated SAM registration, we would not have been competitive for these contracts.
Issues Faced:
Karen was a real life saver for my and my husband's businesses! A good portion of our livelihood is based on two federal contracts. Our SAM registration was not up to date so we found ourselves in a most precarious situation.
Unfortunately, our SAM update was due at the same time as our bids were due to renew our contracts.

We are most grateful to Karen, as she did a great job of training and advising while walking me through the SAM renewal process step by step. I learned even more than the first time I registered.

Also, Karen showed me how to efficiently maneuver around on your web page. So, now I'm printing all the instructions to the certifications I'm interested in applying for, and will be better prepared for my next meeting with your office regarding certifications.

Many Thanks!

Date of Submission:
August 11, 2014 3:15 pm
Business Name
Dolphin Safety Supply
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Our company was having trouble understanding how to correctly read the bids that we were sent. We set up an appointment with Marcia McDowell and couldn't be more satisfied. She was very helpful and made the system easy to understand.

Date of Submission:
June 24, 2014 10:11 am
Business Name
Court Probation & Collections, Inc. (CPC INC)
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Marcia McDowell is the greatest! She has the patience of a saint! She is always willing to help and go the extra mile needed to make you feel comfortable. I am in the process of waiting on three different contracts to be signed because of her assistance in writing my proposal.

Date of Submission:
June 11, 2014 10:41 am
Business Name
Climatic Control Specialist, Inc.
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
Natalie Purvis in East Central Office has been a great help. She introduced me to County representative for a upcoming contract. I was able to make my bid and get the job due to her diligence in pursing helping my company.

Great Assistance from Natalie Purvis!

Date of Submission:
May 15, 2014 12:30 pm
Business Name
Larry J. Sumrall Contractors, Inc.
Contract Details:
Issues Faced:
With the help of Natalie Purvis and Jonithan Hatcher, we were able to bid on a large federal project at Camp Shelby. Although we were not the low bidder on the project, they provided the necessary information which allowed us to correctly complete the complicated bid process which we would not have been able to do without their help.

Date of Submission:
May 14, 2014 1:10 pm