Gina Jamison and her husband Eugene are Native Americans living on the Round Valley Indian Reservation in Northern California. For over 25 years they have owned and operated a recycling and environmental cleanup business from their home.

Their company, Jamison Environmental LLC, is a small economically disadvantaged Native American woman owned business. They have been a certified participant in the SBA 8(a) SDB program for the past five years, though have not procured a government contract during that time.

To improve the company’s chances of obtaining a contract which would enable it to remain in the SBA 8(a) program, the Jamisons began to seek help from the National Center’s American Indian PTAC and the American Indian Chamber Education Fund PTAC. They received assistance from their program managers to determine the company’s suitability for contracting, secure necessary certifications such as SDB and HUBzone, research procurement histories, use government contracting databases, identify bid opportunities, and market the business.

These efforts resulted in the company being contacted in November 2017 by AshBritt Environmental, a world-wide disaster response company based in Florida. AshBritt was a Prime Contractor for FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers working to clean up debris resulting from the Northern California wildfires last October. They were looking for historically disadvantaged businesses in the local area as part of their SBE Program, and asked if Jamison Environmental would like to subcontract with them to clean up burned residential sites in Santa Rosa.

Jamison Environmental was excited to provide an important service to the residents of Sonoma County who were affected by the wildfires. The company employed a crew of Native Americans from the Jamisons’ Reservation, who earned a wage while expanding their work skills.

Jamison Environmental is now confident it will be able to obtain more government contracts in the future thanks to the work with AshBritt, which was enabled by their participation in the National Center’s AIPTAC. AshBritt in particular is dedicated to making their SBE program an important part of their operations.