SimplexGrinnell Joins Small Business Mentor Program


SimplexGrinnell, a manufacturer of fire/life-safety systems, has entered into an agreement under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Mentor-Protégé Program with Federal Construction Group Inc., a certified 8(a) small, disadvantaged and minority-owned government general contractor.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) accepted the mentor-protégé agreement for Camarillo, Calif.-based Federal Construction Group and SimplexGrinnell earlier this summer.

The Mentor-Protégé Program enhances the capability of 8(a) participants to compete successfully for federal government contracts. Mentors provide technical and management assistance, financial assistance, subcontract support, and assistance in performing prime contracts by working with 8(a) firms.

The program is designed to:

  • Improve the performance of contracts and subcontracts
  • Facilitate the establishment of long-term business relationships between large prime contractors and small business subcontractors
  • Strengthen subcontracting opportunities and foster complementary capabilities to meet increasing government demands for quality, cost-effective solutions

SimplexGrinnell promoted its new relationship with the firm at the Navy Gold Coast Small Business Conference in San Diego, held Aug. 4-5.

“By working together under the auspices of this important SBA program, Federal Construction Group and SimplexGrinnell can provide best-in-class, turnkey solutions for fire alarm, sprinkler, suppression, emergency communications and integrated security,” says Tom Staves, national business development manager for government programs at SimplexGrinnell.

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