8(a) Graduate of the Year #SBDC #DreamSmallBiz
Congratulations to West Virginia SBDC client Diana Lewis Jackson, President and CEO of Action Facilities Management based in Morgantown, West Virginia. Her company is the 2016 SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year.
AFM, a company that Diana started in her Monongalia County basement 15 years ago, now employs more than 250 people in 11 states and Washington, D.C. Mostly federal agencies are clients of the site support contractor.
“We provide armed and unarmed security guard services and, for the facilities or buildings, we provide operations and maintenance services, complete janitorial services and, on the exterior, we provide grounds, maintenance and snow removal,” she explained.
“The ‘action’ part was because we wanted to be proactive and the ‘facilities management’ is because we wanted the customers to focus on what they were actually going to do for their business and we would take care of their facilities.”
Diana Lewis Jackson has utilized many West Virginia small resources to grow her business! She is a shining example of leveraging service providers throughout the state!
• Diana is a WVSBDC Client (Great job, Business Coach Sharon Stratton!)
• Diana is a Regional Contracting Assistance Center (RCAC) Client
• Diana has participated in the West Virginia Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce Program
• Diana works closely with the West Virginia SBA District Office and more!
• And she is a wonderful small business advocate throughout the state!
In addition, Diana graduated from the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program. The nine-year government contracting program helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete by opening up opportunities with federal entities, according to the SBA. Named the West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year in 2013, she will officially accept the 2016 award in Washington, D.C and will also be recognized during an event at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont.