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BWG – Compliant Accounting System

August 2nd, 2021, Arlington, Virginia – Blake Willson Group (BWG) is pleased to announce that our accounting system, related processes, and controls were recently examined by an independent CPA firm and were determined to be acceptable for the award of prospective government contracts in compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.301-3(a)1.

Our accounting system was found to be fully operational and compliant with the requirements of the FAR, and was examined using standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the standards for examination engagements contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Blake Willson Group’s accounting system is, therefore, acceptable for government cost-plus type contracts.

“This demonstrates once again that we are a reputable company with proven policies and procedures that demonstrate we’re a low-risk and best value service provider,” said President & CEO RJ Blake.

BWG looks forward to expanding our presence with the federal government within the professional services, financial management, information technology, and infrastructure operation industries as we pursue further government contract awards.

Blake Willson Group, LLC Named as a Finalist for SECAF’s Prestigious Government Contractor of the Year Award

April 5th, 2021, Arlington, Virginia – Blake Willson Group, today announced that it was selected as a finalist for the 13th Annual Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) Awards. Winners will be announced at the virtual Awards Gala on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The event honors small and emerging government contractors and the players in the industry that rely on these businesses.

 

Blake Willson Group, LLC is a finalist for The Government Contractor of the Year (under $7.5million for 2020), which recognizes companies that have shown a compelling and profound commitment to excellence in financial performance.

RJ Blake, founder, and CEO at Blake Willson Group said, “2020 was a tough year for us all – spiritually, emotionally, and physically. We battled a Pandemic of a magnitude not seen in 100 years, a follow on recession, and civil unrest; all of which has challenged us as a company, and each individually – to do more with less – and I think we’ve come out on the other as a better company, as better people, with a brighter future. Receiving an award like this is a testament to the power of the human spirit. Only through each team member’s resilience and unwavering dedication to our people, our communities, and our clients were this award possible.”

 

“The SECAF Awards Gala shines a spotlight on the vision and success that enable the community of government contractors to deliver excellence year in and year out. It is a privilege to recognize Blake Willson Group, LLC as it mirrors the tenants of our own organization – leadership, fortitude, and commitment,” said Richard Pineda, CALIBRE President, and CEO, and SECAF Board Chair.

 

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About Blake Willson Group, LLC

Blake Willson Group is a licensed CPA firm with a skilled team of dynamic individuals dedicated to providing timely, cost-effective, and forward-thinking solutions to clients. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, BWG serves the Washington, D.C. metro area and beyond. The firm holds Department of VA-certified (CVE) Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) status, is an SBA 8(a) program participant, and is ISO 9001:2015 certified.

 

About The 13th Annual SECAF Awards Gala

The 13th Annual SECAF Awards Gala is the premier commemorative event honoring the small and emerging government contractors and the players in the ecosystem that rely on small business. The event will be held virtually at 5:00PM ET on Thursday, May 6, 2021. To register or for more information, visit here.

 

About The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum

The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) enables the small and emerging government contractor to achieve maximum growth rates in a highly competitive marketplace. Providing members with business resources, access to influencers and government agencies, and advocacy opportunities and education, SECAF is an important resource for a growing company.  SECAF also serves medium to large government contractors, providing invaluable introductions to specialized small businesses that enable the overall contracting community to work successfully in tandem. For more information, visit www.secaf.org.

Blake Willson Group Wins $25M USDA Rural Development BPA Prime Contract

Blake Willson Group is proud to announce our recently awarded $25M Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) prime contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (USDA-RD). USDA-RD’s mission is to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America through loans, grants and loan guarantees to support rural housing, small business, economic development, etc. USDA-RD also supports and guarantees loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools and provides technical assistance to help communities develop community empowerment programs.

This opportunity combines Blake Willson Group with Summit Consulting, a specialized analytics advisory firm that is an industry leader supporting federal agencies, financial institutions, and litigators as well as CohnReznick, one of our nation’s top accounting and advisory firms supporting federal, state, and local government agencies.

We are excited to bring together a dynamic team with complementary skill sets and backgrounds to support USDA-RD’s critical mission during one of our nation’s most difficult times.

R.J. Blake, Founder & CEO at Blake Willson Group said, “We are honored to have been awarded this contract and look forward to supporting USDA-RD’s mission in helping improve the economy and quality of life of rural Americans. This one is near and dear to our hearts.”

Drew Griffin, Sr. Vice President further stated, “This is a huge win for Blake Willson Group as it deepens our valued relationship with USDA where we’ve supported as prime under the OCFO since 2019 and brings us into new types of work serving as a testament to all the hard work, dedication, and professionalism shown by our entire team. A big component of winning this work was having strong past performance, only possible through the day-to-day impact every team member makes with our customers that leaves a positive reputation for us as a whole.”

About Blake Willson Group

Blake Willson Group is a licensed CPA firm with a skilled team of dynamic individuals dedicated to providing timely, cost-effective, and forward-thinking solutions to clients. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, BWG serves the Washington, D.C. metro area and beyond. The firm holds Department of VA-certified (CVE) Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) status, is an SBA 8(a) program participant, and is ISO 9001:2015 certified.

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For more information on Summit Consulting, visit http://www.summitllc.us

For more information on CohnReznick, visit http://www.cohnreznick.com

Blake Willson Group Named to Inc. Magazine and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families Annual Vet100 List

Arlington, VA (December 7, 2020) – Blake Willson Group has been named to annual Vet100 list—a compilation of the nation’s fastest growing veteran-owned businesses. The ranking, created in partnership with Inc. magazine and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), was born out of the iconic Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies based in the U.S. Both distinctions are considered hallmarks of entrepreneurial success. Originally established as the Vet50 list, this year’s list is the third iteration expanded to include 100 veteran-owned businesses in acknowledgement of the growing culture and success of veteran entrepreneurs.

President & CEO of Blake Willson Group,  R.J. Blake, CPA, CGFM, shared, “Blake Willson Group is pleased to be ranked among the most successful veteran-owned businesses in the country. It was a honor to serve our country while on active duty and a privilege to support the federal government with our services now.” Andrew Griffin, CDFM, Sr. Vice President, added, “I believe that the commitment we have to our core values of diversity, integrity, reliability, and servant leadership allows us to receive such recognition.”

Earlier this year, Blake Willson Group once again earned a spot on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 listing of fastest-growing private companies. BWG takes great pride in providing quality services to the government with our financial audit, advisory, and accounting related services, and in 2019 and 2020, the company achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification. ISO 9001 is the world’s most widely recognized quality management standard and helps businesses and organizations meet and exceed the expectations and needs of their customers and BWG’s certification further strengthens our qualifications to serve the federal government.

“Business growth is a real economic driver in this country and the fact is that most of the new jobs in the economy—over 87 percent—are created by private businesses,” says Eric Schurenberg, CEO of Mansueto Ventures, publisher of Inc. Magazine. “Veteran entrepreneurs contribute their share to the job story, employing over 5.5 million. They deserve to be recognized for their continued service to the country.”

“Military experience provides veteran entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge we know to be valuable in the business world,” said Mike Haynie, Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and IVMF Founder and Executive Director. “The growth of this year’s list is a hopeful and inspiring indication of how important and valuable veteran entrepreneurs are to our society and economy. These businessmen and women not only served in defense of our collective freedom and security, they now continue to serve by bettering the economies in their communities and across the country. We are proud to partner again with Inc. magazine and are grateful for their efforts to shine a spotlight on the success of veteran-owned businesses.”

Vet100 honorees will be formally recognized during the Vet100 Awards dinner at IVMF’s Veteran EDGE Conference, to be held in Dallas, TX, in October 2021. EDGE is the first-of-its-kind coalition of large companies supporting the success of veteran-owned businesses, connecting them with entrepreneurial education, training, resources, and networking opportunities.

For more information on the Inc. Vet100 list, visit: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/Vet100/

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About Blake Willson Group

Blake Willson Group (BWG) is a licensed CPA firm with a skilled team of dynamic individuals dedicated to providing timely, cost-effective, and forward-thinking solutions to clients. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, BWG serves the Washington, D.C. metro area and beyond. The firm holds Department of VA-certified (CVE) Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) status, is an SBA 8(a) program participant, and is ISO 9001/2015 certified.

About Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/.
The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Now in its 40th year, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success.

About Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) delivers no-cost career training and entrepreneurship programs across the US and globally. And we help ease the transition after service back into communities for service members, veterans and their families as well as prepare them for successful careers and business ownership. We’ve supported over 150,000 to date. It’s our mission to support theirs. For more information, visit ivmf.syracuse.edu and follow the IVMF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

RJ Blake invited to join Washington Business Journal Leadership Trust

ARLINGTON, VA., OCTOBER 20, 2020

RJ Blake, President & CEO of Blake Willson Group, has been invited to join the Washington Business Journal Leadership Trust, an exclusive community for influential business leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs in Greater Washington.

RJ was chosen for membership by the Washington Business Journal Leadership Trust Selection Committee due to his experience, leadership, and influence in the local business landscape and beyond. RJ is currently leading Blake Willson Group, a fast-growing company specializing in federal government contracting, providing specialized financial, accounting, and program management to the federal government.

“The Washington area’s thriving business community is powered by leaders like RJ,” said Peter Abrahams, president and publisher of The Washington Business Journal. “We’re honored to be creating a space where the region’s business influencers come together to increase their impact on the community, build their businesses, and connect with and strengthen one another.”

As an invited member, RJ will contribute articles to the Washington Business Journal website and participate alongside fellow members in Expert Panels. He will connect and collaborate with a vetted network of local leaders in a members-only directory and a private forum on the group’s mobile app. RJ will also benefit from leadership and business coaching, an Executive Profile on the Washington Business Journal website, select partner discounts and services, and ongoing support from the community’s concierge team.

RJ shared, “I am honored to be invited to the Washington Business Journal Leadership Trust team, and excited to share insights with the community, and learn from others as I continue to lead Blake Willson Group to new heights.”

The Washington Business Journal Leadership Trust team is honored to welcome RJ to the community and looks forward to helping him elevate his personal brand, strengthen his circle of trusted advisors and position him to further impact the Washington business community and beyond.

About Business Journals Leadership Trust:

Washington Business Journal Leadership Trust is a part of Business Journals Leadership Trust — a collective of invitation-only networks of influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in your community. Membership is based on an application and selection committee review. Benefits include private online forums, the ability to publish insights on bizjournals.com, business and executive coaching, and a dedicated concierge team. To learn more and find out if you qualify, visit trust.bizjournals.com.

About Blake Willson Group:

Blake Willson Group (BWG) is a licensed CPA firm with a skilled team of dynamic individuals dedicated to providing timely, cost-effective, and forward-thinking solutions to clients. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, BWG serves the Washington, D.C. metro area and beyond. The firm holds Department of VA-certified (CVE) Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) status, is an SBA 8(a) program participant, and is ISO 9001/2015 certified.