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Blake Willson Group, LLC Granted ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Arlington, VA., May 7 , 2019– Blake Willson Group, LLC (BWG) is pleased to announce it has been granted International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certification by QAS International, Certificate No. US4416.

ISO 9001:2015 is an international quality management standard that requires a company to a) demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and b) aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

RJ Blake, President & CEO of BWG, said “We have always placed an emphasis on quality in all things we do; from internal business processes, to the quality of work we provide our clients, we have and will always commit to exercising quality management practices in our business. This certification demonstrates that commitment to our clients and a willingness to continually improve in our efforts to provide top-tier professional services support.”

Drew Griffin, the company’s Sr. Vice President echoed Mr. Blake stating, “BWG is pleased we can now officially showcase that our claims about the quality of our business processes and client service delivery have passed ISO scrutiny. This reaffirms BWG’s commitment to constantly search for and adopt best practices in delivering top quality services to our clients.”

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with a company representative, please call 703-552-4541 or email admin@blakewillsongroup.com.

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Blake Willson Group Receives 8(a) certification from the Small Business Administration (SBA)

Arlington, VA., December 1, 2018– Blake Willson Group, LLC (BWG), a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), has received 8(a) certification from the Small Business Administration (SBA) which it will hold until November 29, 2027. BWG expects participation in the 8(a) Business Development Program will expand its ability to provide outstanding professional services solutions to federal and state customers alike.

8(a) Program eligibility is limited to small businesses “unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of and residing in the United States” that demonstrate “potential for success.” The 8(a) Business Development program assists small, disadvantaged businesses in gaining access to government contracting. The program consists of a 4-year developmental stage, and a 5-year transition stage. Companies are subject to annual reviews and systematic evaluation from the SBA district office throughout the program.

The SBA 8(a) Business Development program will allow BWG to pursue sole source federal and state government projects (up to $4 million per contract) and compete for set aside contracts open only to those with these small business certifications. According the Congressional Research Service, in FY2017, 3,421 8(a) firms were awarded more than $27.1 billion in federal contracts, including $8.0 billion in 8(a) set- aside awards and $8.4 billion in 8(a) sole-source awards.

RJ Blake, President & CEO of BWG, was pleased to announce the new designation to the BWG team, stating: “We are excited about the future and how this opportunity will help us grow our business. Our team of talented professionals have worked tirelessly over the years developing a positive reputation for excellence within the federal government. Inclusion in the 8(a) Business Development program is the next step in our journey to providing best value to our government customers and providing career growth opportunities for our team members.”

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with RJ Blake, please call 703-552-4541 or email admin@blakewillsongroup.com.

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Blake Willson Group, LLC Awarded GSA Professional Services Schedule

Arlington, VA., April 1, 2018– Blake Willson Group, LLC (BWG), a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Certified Public Accounting (CPA) is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded the U.S. General Service Administration’s (GSA) Professional Services Schedule contract for government services. This five-year contract allows BWG to provide products and services to local, state and federal buyers.

BWG will work directly with government agencies to provide services and solutions under this schedule, which includes the 520-11 and 520-13 Special Item Numbers (SINs) for accounting and financial management.

RJ Blake, President & CEO of BWG, said “This award is a testament to our experience and the level of trust developed as a service provider. We are excited about the new ways we will be able to provide excellent service and value to federal, state, and local buyers.”

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with RJ Blake, please call 703-552-4541 or email admin@blakewillsongroup.com.

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Blake Willson Group Proud to Announce President & CEO, RJ Blake, as 40 under 40 Honoree

Arlington, Virginia – Blake Willson Group is proud to announce that RJ Blake is a recipient of the 2017 40 Under 40 award, presented by Leadership Center for Excellence. RJ Blake and other honorees, will be recognized for the positive leadership impact they make personally and/or professionally at a luncheon on Friday, November 30, 2017 from 11:30am until 1:30pm at Army Navy Country Club.

The 40 Under 40 event honors forty trailblazers who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the personal or professional spheres and who are devoted to making positive change within our community. This event was an opportunity to support and recognize these leaders, and the Leadership Center for Excellence hopes that they will further create valuable social capital for this region. Click here to view the list of honorees.

RJ Blake was chosen because of his personal and professional success story; rising from a disadvantaged childhood to becoming the first in his family to graduate college, serve in leadership capacities in the U.S. Army, including deployment to Afghanistan, and start and run a successful CPA firm in the Washington DC area. Mr. Blake serves as a volunteer with American Corporate Partnership (ACP) to mentor transitioning veterans in their pursuit of education, employment, and entrepreneurship. In addition, Mr. Blake and leadership at Blake Willson Group, heavily support the American Heart Association in their efforts to fight heart disease and stroke.

“We are so proud of RJ Blake on this wonderful honor,” said Drew Griffin, Vice President of Blake Willson Group. “His tireless work ethic and servant-leader qualities better our company, the employees, and the community.”

Drew Griffin, Vice President of BWG Shared His Personal Story at the 2017 East Carolina University Business Leadership Conference

April 11, 2017 – Hendrix Theatre (Greenville, NC)

East Carolina University (ECU) hosted their annual Business Leadership Conference on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 where over thirty (30) business leaders from across the United States [some ECU graduates] volunteered to help students understand the realities of the business world in a professional conference environment.

Dr. Stan Eakins, Dean of the ECU College of Business, said, “The conference is a tremendous event that inspires and informs our students, and the presenters touch lives in ways they can’t imagine. ECU is known as the Leadership University, and this event shows how the College of Business is determined to lead in the development of tomorrow’s business leaders.”

 Drew Griffin, Vice President of BWG asked students to think back to middle school geography class and visualize where Washington, DC is located on the U.S. map. He stated, “just like there are countless paths to Washington, DC via car, plane, train, bus or even boat; there are equally that many paths to personal success. So, do not let someone else’s version of success or their risk factors solely determine your path in life. Consider other’s advice but remember, regret feels way worse than failure.”

Mr. Griffin then shifted to describing the two most formative moments in his adult life; inflection points as he described them: 1) his father passing away and 2) being dismissed from ECU’s Graduate School for poor grades, on top of losing his job. Like most people who undergo traumatic situations, those days were stressful and especially difficult to handle. Mr. Griffin explained these events forced him to decide between using those unfortunate events as a crutch for not reaching his full potential or motivators to drive him. He chose the latter and encouraged attendees to do the same for any traumatic situations in their own lives.

Drew emphasized worrying only about our own effort and spending dedicated time reflecting on our actions for improvement. Nothing else matters. He encouraged attendees to act now, be patient and stay optimistic. Success will come! Mr. Griffin closed with the following:

  1. Maintain a High, Consistent Failure Rate. If you are not failing on a consistent basis, be it personally or professionally, you are not putting yourself out there enough to experience the unique success you desire. Persistence is the key!
  2. Commit to Uncommon Actions. Look for ways to stand out above the crowd – show people they are worth your inconvenience. Look for opportunities to go the extra mile, it will serve you well because the extra mile is not well traveled.
  3. Listen to Understand, Not Just to Respond. When people talk, actively listen for cues to show you are listening; rephrase their statements to show you understand their point and do not interrupt. Do not participate in verbal boxing where each person essentially bobs and weaves during the conversation to get a word in.
  4. Be a Servant-Leader. Take ECU’s motto “servire” seriously. Help others before yourself. Identify and meet the needs of colleagues, customers, and communities.

For more information on the ECU Business Leadership Conference, please contact: Steve Myzsak at myszaks@ecu.edu.

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