“To be a small business owner is not only a commitment, but a lifestyle. It is a lifestyle
of service to our clients and a commitment to constantly challenge ourselves ."
-Denise Vigil, President
2014 PTAP Success Client: Vigil Enterprises
Mar 2, 2015
Posted by NM PTAP in Success Stories
After a former employer told her he didn’t have the funds to pay her, New Mexico native Denise Vigil began freelancing and soon gained enough clients to develop a business.
Founded in 1986, Vigil Enterprises, Inc., evolved from a staff augmentation company to a full-service architectural and engineering design firm providing services to federal agencies and national research centers, including Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories. Vigil Enterprises, a minority, woman-owned Certified U.S. SBA 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business, has in-house project management, architectural, civil and structural/civil engineering, interior design, BIM specialists, LEED® professionals, cost estimating, and construction support services with a focus on DOE and DoD customers.
The firm has managed and designed numerous projects for LANL, and has served as the prime A-E contractor on very complex design projects to support the growing needs of the facility. Vigil Enterprises has also designed the infrastructure upgrades required for the Trinity computer, a project allowing LANL to better assess the health of the weapons in the U.S. for nuclear deterrent.
Ms. Vigil has built her business with family support. In 2004 Tom Roberts (now her husband) joined the firm and currently serves as vice president. Ms. Vigil’s mom has been her bookkeeper since the early years, and since his retirement, her dad assists with payroll.
Being a woman in the field of architectural-engineering who is neither an architect nor an engineer has been both rewarding and challenging. Ms. Vigil has proven to her clients that first and foremost her primary business is service. Ms. Vigil, who has received the SBA Small Business Contractor of the Year for Region VI and the SBA Administrator’s Award of Excellence twice, believes that she must meet the needs of the client as a key to success.
After learning about PTAP through the SBA when entering into the 8(a) program, Vigil Enterprises has grown substantially. Through PTAP’s ideas and suggestions, the firm expanded into the Albuquerque area in 2014. Ms. Vigil hopes to continue gaining increasing opportunities for work in the Albuquerque area and southern part of the state.
“Whenever advice or training is needed for contract procurement, PTAP is there,” she says. “Vigil Enterprises knows they have a reliable partner that truly cares about their company and has the resources to help make our dreams a reality.”
Vigil Enterprises – A New Mexico Success Story
Vigil Enterprises, Inc. (Vigil Enterprises) is a successful minority woman-owned, SBA 8(a) certified small disadvantaged business that was founded in 1986 by company President, Denise Vigil. She coordinates team building, develops schedules, works closely with her team to ensure good client relations and project quality, manages all lower-tier contracts and is responsible for proposal development.
As a start-up firm in California, this minority, woman-owned small business began by supporting local government agencies such as the Counties of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino, and the City of Los Angeles primarily as a staff augmentation firm. Vigil Enterprises developed its capabilities and grew into a successful firm providing Architectural & Engineering (A&E) design services for federal projects.
In 1997, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was Vigil Enterprises first client in New Mexico. In 2005, Vigil Enterprises was awarded its first Master Task Ordering Agreement to provide A&E design services to LANL as a prime contractor. It has successfully executed over 100 design projects for LANL, first as a lower-tier subcontractor then as a prime A-E contractor.
As Vigil Enterprises continued to grow, its clients included Kirtland and Holloman Air Force Bases, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and the National Park Service. In 2008, it added to its success by being awarded its first lower-tier subcontract from SNL.
In 2009, after an almost two-year solicitation period, it was awarded one of six prime Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) subcontracts at LANL for A&E services with a shared contract value of $200 million.
In 2011, Vigil Enterprises continued its growth into the federal market with an A-E IDIQ prime contract award from Kirtland Air Force Base and notice of award from Holloman Air Force Base.
With the success of each project, this A & E firm has continually increased its client base and expanded the business. Gross revenues have increased nearly 850 percent since 2005. Ms. Vigil attributes this increase to referrals and repeat customers.
Vigil Enterprises has built its business on a steadily growing base of successful projects and satisfied clients. It provides a highly skilled management and technical design team that resolves issues and is responsive to the client. Ms. Vigil believes that open communication and early coordination with clients and end-users are important aspects of final project success.
Ms. Vigil employs 10 full-time and 10 on-call employees. She values her employees and provides healthcare benefits. Vigil Enterprises gives back to its community by subcontracting with small Northern New Mexico vendors. The company sponsors "a day in our office" with a lead structural engineer mentoring with UNM students on their projects utilizing state-of-the-art software and equipment contributing the knowledge and experience of seasoned professionals.
Employees of Vigil Enterprises support Habitat for Humanity with donations annually. Denise serves as a New Mexico Small Business Development Center/Procurement Technical Assistance Program (NMSBDC/PTAP) Statewide Advisory Council member.
Vigil Enterprises, Inc. Honored by SBA as Region VI Subcontractor of the Year
Vigil Enterprises Receives 2nd Award This Month
SANTA FE, NM, May 22, 2014 —Vigil Enterprises, Inc. has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Region VI Subcontractor of the Year. The SBA Region VI includes: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. This is their second award this month. Earlier this month they were recognized by Bechtel’s government services business unit at the company’s annual Subcontractor and Supplier Recognition awards. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services.
“The Small Business Subcontractor of the Year awards program provides large federal prime contractors an opportunity to nominate their most outstanding small business subcontractors. With the vast number of subcontractors that prime contractors do business with, it is an honor for a small business to receive this nomination and a greater honour to be selected as a winner from such an outstanding group of nominees. For a company to be nominated, it must excel on every level: competitive pricing, quality, delivery, and customer satisfaction. For a company to be selected as the Regional Small Business Subcontractor of the Year, it must be the best of the best. Robert Taylor, SBA’s Area Director for Government Contracting, congratulates Vigil Enterprises on this prestigious award.”
Denise Vigil, President, and Tom Roberts, Vice President, were presented the award at the 2014 New Mexico Small Business Week Awards Celebration Luncheon held on May 22, 2014, at the Isleta Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“We are proud to be a member of the small business community in New Mexico and to receive such a prestigious award from SBA,” said Denise Vigil, President of Vigil Enterprises, Inc. “To be a small business owner is not only a commitment, but a lifestyle. It is a lifestyle of service to our clients and a commitment to constantly challenge ourselves to new heights for our clients and our employees. We are truly honored to receive this award, and we recognizeSBA as a valuable partner in our continued success. We appreciate the opportunities that Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has provided to Vigil Enterprises, and we appreciate their nomination.”
About Vigil Enterprises, Inc.
Vigil Enterprises, Inc. is an emerging small minority woman-owned business with New Mexico offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and a California office in Laguna Niguel. They offer their clients an experienced, successful team focused on providing responsive and innovative professional architectural-engineering services. They have managed and designed hundreds of projects in New Mexico for a variety of government facilities. Vigil Enterprises has served as the prime A-E firm on very complex design projects supporting the growing needs of their clients. Vigil Enterprises gives back to their community by supporting other small business vendors, contributions to Habitat for Humanity, and sponsoring “a day in our office” with students. Denise also serves as a NMSBDC/PTAP Statewide Advisory Council member and is a client of theirs in Santa Fe. For more information, please see their website www.vigilenterprises.com.
About U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.SBA has been recognizing the special impact made by outstanding American entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1963.
Vigil Enterprises, Inc. Recognized by Bechtel for Outstanding Performance on Government Services Projects
Company Nationally Honored for its Commitment to Excellence and Quality
SANTA FE, NM, May 9, 2014 —Vigil Enterprises, Inc. has been recognized for outstanding work on projects by Bechtel’s government services business unit at the company’s annual Subcontractor and Supplier Recognition awards. Denise Vigil, company President, and Tom Roberts, Vice-President, were presented the award at a ceremony held on May 5, 2014, in Reston, Virginia. The award honors subcontractors and suppliers that supported Bechtel‘s government services business unit in work such as environmental clean-up, national security science, construction, facility start-up, and nuclear security and operations during 2013.
Vigil Enterprises, Inc. received the 2013 Key Small Business Award.
“Our subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers help strengthen the critical work we do through performance, value, and innovation,” said Craig Albert, president of Bechtel’s government services business unit. “These awards recognize those who not only met our high standards for quality, they went above and beyond for mission delivery.”
“We are honoured to be recognized by Bechtel for this prestigious award and proud of our team’s commitment to excellence,” said Denise Vigil, President of Vigil Enterprises, Inc. “We understand the importance of the work we do to support our clients’ missions.”
Companies were evaluated on multiple factors. They include: overall performance; the ability to deliver quality services/supplies on time; the ability to work collaboratively to meet milestones; and meeting or exceeding project expectations in aspects of safety, construction performance, technical expertise, and environmental compliance. Nominations were reviewed and approved by Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure’s Acquisition Services Managers, and Project managers. Final recommendations were approved by senior leadership.
About Vigil Enterprises, Inc.
Vigil Enterprises, Inc. is an emerging small minority woman-owned business with New Mexico offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and a California office in Laguna Niguel. They offer their clients an experienced, successful team focused on providing responsive and innovative professional architectural-engineering services. They have managed and designed hundreds of projects in New Mexico for a variety of government facilities. Vigil Enterprises has served as the prime A-E firm on very complex design projects supporting the growing needs of their clients.www.vigilenterprises.com
Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.www.bechtel.com
LANL Honors Seven Small Businesses
Friday, January 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm (Updated: January 21, 3:07 pm)
In all, close to 1,300 small businesses do business with the Los Alamos National Laboratory. On Thursday, LANL held a recognition ceremony at Fuller Lodge for seven businesses that were most successful in the past fiscal year.
“We are here today to recognize the seven suppliers we believe have done an outstanding job at the lab,” LANL Small Business Program Manager Dennis Roybal said.
Small businesses honored included Edgewater Technical Associates LLC, Homan’s Inc., Integrated Electric and Utility LLC, TEVET, LLC, Tsay Construction & Services, LLC, Vector Resources, Inc., and Vigil Enterprises, Inc.
John Woosley, the district director of the New Mexico Small Business Association Office, told the honorees, “You exemplify to the labs when it comes to fulfilling the mission.”
Doug McCrary, the LANL Acquisition Services Management Division Leader, said he attends a lot of functions, “but this one is important. It’s the recognition of our suppliers and we do a lot of business with a lot of small businesses. We’re proud of what these businesses have accomplished.”