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.