“The assistance that the FSBDC provides us has been instrumental in our ability to respond to government solicitations and contract requirements.” – Javier Garcia, Pinnacle Civil & General Contractors, LLC., Jacksonville, Florida
Javier Garcia has been steadily growing his Jacksonville company, Pinnacle Civil and General Contractors, LLC since he started it in 2007. The company’s initial focus was in providing construction services and has gradually expanded into providing full service civil construction, facilities maintenance, landscaping and general horizontal and vertical construction services. Javier credits much of his success to hard work, dedication, and exceeding expectations. As he says, “I strongly feel that by working together with the folks at the FSBDC, we will continue to meet our goals and growth objectives.”
As the company began to grow, Javier recognized the strategic importance of obtaining various small business certifications for government contracts. Javier enlisted the support and expertise of the FSBDC at the University of North Florida to assist and support him in realizing success through the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program and the Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business (JSEB) program. After obtaining these certifications, Javier more fully engaged the resources and consulting support of the FSBDC through the support of its professionally certified business consultants, Paul Arrington and Marge Cirillo, and Government Contracting Specialist, Don Zavesky.
As a team, Javier, Paul, Marge and Don have worked together in supporting the growth and success of Pinnacle Civil and General Contractors. The FSBDC consultants worked with Javier on developing a business plan, responding to government solicitations, developing strategies for marketing and business development, securing business financing and contract bonding, networking with prime contractors and government agencies, utilizing bid matching services and discussing various business teaming ventures.
Javier’s success is a great illustration of what can result when a hardworking, visionary entrepreneur engages area business support resources. Some of his successes have included receiving the following business certifications:
• SBA 8(a) Business Development Program
• Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
• Small Disadvantage Business (SDB), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE), and Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business (JSEB)
• Underground and Excavation Contractor License
• General Contractor License
Recently, Javier Garcia has been enrolled in the new FSBDC Bid Matching Service. This is a no-cost service, offered to select FSBDC clients, that identifies and delivers federal, state, local and worldwide government contracting opportunities relevant to the client’s business. Every day through email alerts, Javier receives potential government contracting opportunities, specifically researched for his business. Before submitting a proposal, Javier and his team have the ability to review each opportunity, make go/no-go decisions, and prepare proposals for government contract awards. Recently they have been awarded government contracts with the National Park Service and the U.S. Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast. As Javier says: “We are proud to be a successful Jacksonville based construction company that supports our local community and Nation.”