Cayuse Technologies submits 8(a) business plan

April 2018, CUJ

Billy Nerenberg

Billy Nerenberg

MISSION – On the heels of receiving small business certification from the federal government, Cayuse Technologies is preparing “to bid and win” government contracts, according to Chief Operating Officer Billy Nerenberg.

Cayuse Technologies (CT) was certified in February as a participant in the 8(a) business development program administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), which helps small and disadvantaged businesses win federal contracts.

According to the SBA website, each year the federal government sets aside 23 percent of its contracts for small businesses, including those with the 8(a) certification.

One of the items SBA requires 8(a) companies to have is a business plan showing how they will go after contracts and perform once they’ve won.

Cayuse Technologies submitted its business plan to SBA in March.

Paul Tavernia, SBA Business Opportunity Specialist in Sacramento, California, said in an email to Nerenberg that Cayuse Technologies had submitted one of the best business plans he’d seen.

“You are much more prepared than most of the companies I work with,” Tavernia said in an email, according to Nerenberg.

“In our business plan,” Nerenberg said, “we identified the target agencies who can benefit from our services and laid out steps to position ourselves for each opportunity. We’ve examined our competitors and understand what sets us apart. With over 11 years of experience in the commercial technology services market, we are uniquely positioned as an 8(a) participant.”

Nerenberg said CT has been approached by prime contractors and government agencies about upcoming contract opportunities, including some at Hanford, which will be discussed in the coming weeks with CT’s board of directors and the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, which owns Cayuse Technologies.

“The amount of federal regulations and compliance issues with government contracting is significant,” said Debra Croswell, Cayuse’s Compliance Chief of Staff, “but our support departments, such as finance, human resources and information technology, are learning about government contracting and actively preparing so that we’ll be ready when we begin winning contracts.”