MSLLC Approved for SBA’s 8(a) Program

Knoxville, TN. – October 19, 2017 – Management Solutions, LLC. (MSLLC) is now an 8(a) firm. MSLLC received word this week that the Small Business Administration has approved its application to participate in the 8(a) business development program.

As a participant in the program, MSLLC can take advantage of specialized business training, counseling, marketing assistance and high-level executive development provided by the SBA and their resource partners. MSLLC can also leverage its 8(a) status to compete for larger contracts by forming joint ventures, establishing mentors/protégé relationships and sole-source awards. 

“We’ve had the privilege of serving our great nation through our work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and other government clients over the past 15 years,” said Misty Mayes, MSLLC’s founder and president. “We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the 8(a) program and to have the opportunity to expand our work with the government even more.”

For approval into the 8(a) program, participants must be socially and economically disadvantaged because of gender or race. While Mayes’ background as an engineer and her company’s strong resume on construction projects are assets to most of the customers MSLLC serve, the gender gap for these two areas remains strong.   In fact, in the United States, women make up only 9.1 percent of the construction industry and about 18 percent of the engineering industry; and women are paid 20-40 percent less than their male counterparts. It’s programs like this that are working to break down these barriers.

MSLLC is a national award-winning management consulting firm that specializes in project execution, strategic consulting and change management. MSLLC has three primary divisions: government operations, construction management and healthcare strategies. Founded in 2002 by Misty Mayes, MSLLC has been named Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Department of Energy and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. MSLLC was also just selected as one of the Top Employers in the Greater Knoxville area.


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Misty Mayes bio

Misty Mayes, PMP

Founder and President

Misty Mayes founded Management Solutions, LLC (MSLLC) in 2002. Along with being a successful entrepreneur and project management professional

, Misty is a true servant leader who lives her life and runs her company with a firm belief that “to whom much is given, much is expected.” It’s a principle that’s engrained in the culture of her company and one she puts into action every day.


Business Leader

Misty took a real leap of faith to form Management Solutions. Misty left a soaring career as vice president of Programs/Project Controls for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to start Management Solutions.  She wanted to build a company that showed compassion to its employees, customers and to the greater community; and would strive for nothing less than excellence in everything it did. In her continuous effort to do this, she has received many significant awards, including:


– 2004 ORNL Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

– 2006 Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Service firm of the Year

– 2006 DOE Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

– 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2012 Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Award of Excellence

– 2009 Innovation Valley Technology Council Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year

– 2012 SBA Subcontractor of the Year on the state, regional and national levels

– 2013 Pinnacle Woman-Owned Small Business Excellence Award

– 2014 and 2015 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award

– 2017 Knoxville News Sentinel Top Workplace Award

– 2017 Knoxville’s Most Impactful Small Business Award


Community Champion
Misty uses her knack and experience in problem solving to encourage and empower others to also serve their community. She dedicates her time and energy to multiple programs that champion excellence in project management and small business, mentoring, community, and cancer research and development.   Among the many are:


University of Tennessee College of Engineering – Misty recently accepted the position of Chair of the college’s board of advisors, beginning in the fall of 2018.  Misty has also co-chaired a new program that brings together female engineering students, female engineering faculty members and female engineers from industry to help the university attract and retain top female students and faculty.


Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) – Misty serves as chair on WIPP’s Leadership Advisory Council. Also, she was recently named the co-chair of WIPP’s healthcare committee that will be on the forefront of working with the Trump administration on trying to make sure all women business owners have a voice in the changes being made to the Affordable Care Act.


Restoration House of East Tennessee – On the Board since 2010, and the chair in 2014, Misty and her team continue to volunteer their talents and time to this worthwhile organization that provides temporary housing and a hand-up to single mothers and their children.


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Misty’s involvement in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society comes out of a personal commitment she has to battling these diseases after losing her father to an 18-year battle with Leukemia.


Misty was born and raised in Knoxville, Tenn.  She has a bachelor’s in engineering from the University of Tennessee.  She and her husband, Sam have three sons, and enjoy spending time together on the golf course, hiking in the Smoky Mountains and cheering on the UT Vols.


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