The competitive landscape for the Federal IT and Consulting sector is dynamic, with companies entering and exiting every day for a range of reasons. A goal for any Government and GovCon leader is to identify, establish relationships with, and support firms, and their respective leaders, which are positioned to serve as the next generation of highly successful GovCon small businesses.      

Every other week, we will highlight a handful of very small, but rapidly emerging businesses that are NEW (have been formed and/or launched in the last 3 years), and that should be on your radar as both a potential partner and competitor.      

This week we cover five rapidly emerging Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) that are already making big noise in the Federal sector across Veterans Affairs, the Intel sector, and DOD, including the Defense Health Agency.   

Enabled Advisors  

How many NEW small businesses do you know who can tout past performance across five different clients (DHA, VA, Coast Guard, Cleveland Clinic, and DHMS PEO); lay claim to deep knowledge of VA and DOD healthcare information technology environment, including experience with COTS EHR platforms currently being deployed across the VA and the DOD; AND have secured Primes access (as well as some key task order wins) on a $200M Veterans Affairs IDIQ? Launched in 2020 by industry leader and CEO, Jack Wagner, this Arkansas-based service-disabled Veteran-owned small business set out to build a team of clinical informaticists, cybersecurity specialists, and others with integral roles to provide end-to-end support for deploying modern Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems and the medical devices essential for patient care, and it seems to be paying off. #Cerner #MHSGenesis #EHRM 

National Consulting Partners (NCP) 

Founded and led by a team of senior industry leaders, including CEO Harry Stewart, and co-founders Brian Biggs and Geoffrey Ames, this SDVOSB, with deep knowledge of business processes, strategic plans, initiatives, and IT systems within the Department of Veterans Affairs has made launching a business look easy. Kicked off in 2020, NCP has picked up several strategic wins in support of VA, ranging from providing EA support for the entire VA Health Portfolio in OIT; and assessing and driving implementation efforts to improve the quality and use of existing knowledge management systems; to leading multiple project teams in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Human Resources (HR) modernization effort. Armed with an extensive client list that cuts across VACO, VHA, and VBA, the positive momentum this consultancy carries into the second half of 2023 ensures that they will be on the radar as a partner option for any firm pursuing IT work at VA.  

Latitude IT Solutions  

When a company lists 2022 as its founding date, and when that company is already establishing key teaming partnerships with long-standing Primes supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs, and when the CEO of that company brings direct experience working for a recently acquired and long-standing VA partner, the ands start to add up. Led by President and CEO Zachary Mantyla, SDVOSB Latitude IT Solutions lists a growing set of partners that cut across the Federal health space and include some key recognizable VA partners. Add Zach’s own personal experience which includes serving as a Systems Engineer and Chief Systems Architect supporting VA efforts, and it is easy to see why this IT Engineering Firm, focused on DevSecOps and cloud computing, is making quick headway already within DHS, DOD and VA. The knowledge Zach brings and the partnerships he is already establishing means this hard driving CEO and Latitude IT are #onetowatch.  

COPILOT Consulting 

#Beentheredonethat Founded by a Navy IT Veteran and led by an executive team that brings prior experience helping to found and grow one of the fastest-growing SDVOSB Digital Services leaders in the Federal sector over the past several years, this consultancy was purposefully built to partner with the Federal government to deliver modern, secure, human-centered digital services and information technology to the American people, while being able to lay claim to direct experience partnering with the U.S. Digital Service and delivering according to the Digital Services Playbook. Among the newest companies on this list, the relationships and insight that CEO James Teeple and newly added President and COO Jeff Brauer can bring make this an intriguing company to watch in the years ahead.  

Nighthawk Cyber  

Founded in 2021, this SDVOSB has been building out its capabilities, and past performance, providing full-spectrum cybersecurity services for the national defense complex and U.S. critical infrastructure, including the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Private sector. Led by CEO Nathanial Wade and President Seth Wade, this Orlando, FL-based company has quickly and quietly been recruiting and hiring an experienced team of Cybersecurity, Network, and Technical leaders, engineers and subject matter experts to support a range of customer initiatives. These include helping PEO-STRI to build a new network infrastructure as part of the Integrated Cyber Operations Network Control Center (ICONC2) team; and working with Ft. Gordon to complete a sub-ATO for PEO-STI which helped establish a connection to their Army Persistent Experimentation Network (APEN) network. Other efforts include partnering with key cross-functional partners such as Product Managers, Product Leads in a synthetic environment, soldier training, and training support organization; and supporting systems across the spectrum of Unclassified, Secret, Sec/REL, and Top-Secret levels. 

Know a company we should spotlight? Do you lead or work for a company that is on the move? Contact us below and let us know.      

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