Mettle Ops Receives Certification as a Participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program

Mettle Ops Receives Business Development Support from the U.S. Small Business Administration

Sterling Heights, MIMettle Ops has been certified as a Participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program. This program allows the government to contract with socially and economically, disadvantaged small businesses and provides assistance in increasing economic activity.

The Small Business Administration strives to help small businesses develop and advance by providing a large network of field offices and partnerships. The Small Business Administration fosters the interests and concerns of small businesses.

As an 8(a) Business Development Program Participant, Mettle Ops can take advantage of specialized business training, counseling, marketing assistance and high-level executive development provided by the SBA. Mettle Ops can receive sole-source contracts (up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing).

The 8(a) Business Development Program chooses small businesses that are at least 51 percent owned by U.S. citizens who are economically and socially challenged, have a good character foundation and show promise for success.  The full list of qualifications can be found on the 8(a) Business Development Program page of the SBA website.

“We’re grateful for this opportunity and have a clear vision for our business plan. We plan on taking full advantage of this program and using all of the resources offered,” states Katie Bigelow, President of Mettle Ops.

As a certified participant, Mettle Ops receives strategy growth and business development assistance from a Business Opportunity Specialist who helps guide federal contracting, provide technical assistance, business coaching, counseling, marketing support, and executive development. The federal government attempts to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to help small, disadvantaged businesses advance each year.

“We’re excited about the future of Mettle Ops and plan on growing our business to its greatest potential with the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration,” Bigelow said.

The program began on May 14, and Mettle Ops will participate in the program for the next nine years.


About Mettle Ops

Mettle Ops is a certified Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Economically-Disadvantaged, Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB).  Headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan and founded in 2013, Mettle Ops specializes in extensive research, development, reverse engineering, ground vehicle design, test and evaluation experience, system integration capabilities, and facilitates manufacturing and fabrication.

Throughout the past several years, Mettle Ops has established itself in Army acquisitions and federal government contracting including building relationships with TARDEC and TACOM, teaming with employees, contractors, and subcontractors of established government and automotive manufacturing engineering companies to assist customers and provide top quality, ethical workmanship. Mettle Ops’ team includes war veterans with 35 years combined experience in Army service. Inspired by courage and tenacity and so-named Mettle Ops.

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