Success Stories

DeWayne Lewis, President/CEO of Top Onyx, LLC & his AZPTAC Counselor Lori Haozous

Top Onyx, LLC Receives AZPTAC’s 2021 Arizona Success Award

DeWayne Lewis, President/CEO of Top Onyx, LLC, came to AZPTAC in 2018. He had a positive past performance with several prime contractors and decided it was time to seek government contracts.
Lori Haozous is Top Onyx’s specialist. Since DeWayne came to AZPTAC, Lori has helped him with SAM registration, DBE, SBE, HUBZone, and 8(a) certification. He has fulfilled several government contracts.

Congratulations to our 2020 AZ Success Award winner!

Manny Ortega, Owner of Pinal Construction LLC

Manny came to AZ PTAC for information on Government Contracting in 2014, after creating a past performance in a private and local sector. Throughout the years I’ve worked with Manny on creating a roadmap to government contracting; this included his SAM registration, capability statement, CVE certification, and HUBZone certification and marketing to the right agencies. Manny was able to secure subcontract with prime contractors in the federal government arena. Pinal Construction LLC received their first Federal Government prime contractors award in August 2019 with the Department of Interior. Manny’s determination and commitment to provide the highest level of service to his customers have proven his true success. Manny has built Pinal Construction LLC with passion and quality in his workmanship, including caring about the success of his jobs and contracts and always providing value and outstanding service to his customers. I have enjoyed working with Manny, he is always ready and eager to move forward with the next steps of government contracting. I look forward to his continued success in the Federal Government Contracting arena.” – Lori Haozous, Assistant Program Manager, Pinal Construction LLCs counselor. AZ PTAC congratulates Manny and Pinal Construction on their win!

Congratulations to our 2019 AZ Success Award winner!

Cetechs is a strategic staffing and workforce solutions firm headquartered in Mesa, Arizona and founded by U.S. Army veteran, Wilbert Johnson. Cetechs offers business insight, candidate placement, and execution for your Healthcare, Engineering or Administration projects. The company is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and 8(a) certified small business.  Wilbert approached AZPTAC in 2012 to assist in their understanding with government contracting.  AZPTAC taught Wilbert how to search and read solicitations, develop proposals and capability statements, gain an understanding on how to price service work, and how the contracting process works as a whole. Cetechs became an Inc. 500 honoree in 2018 and ranked #266 of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
“Cetechs is extremely grateful for the AZPTAC. We think they are very valuable to small businesses by providing their expertise while assisting and helping them prepare to compete at a high level for government contracting.”


Congratulations to our 2018 AZ Success Award winner!

M & A Painting and Drywall, LLC

Based in the small, rural community of Douglas, Arizona, owner Melissa Salcido had several contracts with military bases on the East Coast.  Salcido came to AZPTAC to learn how to use bidding and teaming to expand her contract base.  Procurement Specialist Bob Mucci counseled Salcido on how to assess potential contracts and review bids.  They worked together to complete an application which made M & A Painting and Drywall the only HUBZone certified business in Cochise County and they are currently working on the company’s 8(a) loan application.  In just two years, M & A’s revenue has more than doubled from $178,000 to over $423,000.

“Working with the AZPTAC has allowed us to access a number of resources that we would not have available to us living in s small, rural southern Arizona community.  Bob has a wealth of knowledge about government counseling and he has been a great help in expanding our business.” — Melissa Salcido

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