Location: Washington, DC
Kyle von Bucholz
Federated IT first entered the Small Business Administration’s Mentor-Protégé Program as a protégé of SAIC and now acts as a mentor to several small businesses. Most recently, Federated IT has helped East Bay, Inc. obtain its government facility clearance, establish and standardize its practices, and develop HR and 401(k) rules. East Bay now has its first government contract and has begun to hire cleared employees.
Words of Wisdom: “As cliché as it may sound, our advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to follow Winston Churchill’s words and ‘never, never, never give up.’”
“Breaking into the government contracting world can be extremely difficult for a new, small business. You face the same catch 22 that plagues many recent college graduates,” says Kyle von Bucholz, Federated IT’s CEO. “You can’t win the work without showing you have experience, and you can’t get experience unless you win the work.” Even once a new business gets work, there are still numerous obstacles to overcome. “For Federated IT, the Mentor-Protégé Program is what helped us navigate that maze and start to gain traction in the industry,” says von Bucholz. That’s why the company now pays it forward by mentoring smaller businesses.
The Federated IT leadership team is comprised almost entirely of former U.S. Military officers, some of whom also served as local police officers in their communities. Today, they continue their community engagement by dedicating time, money and resources to nonprofits.