Jacobs US Small Business Administration 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture

Jacobs supports Northwind under the US Small Business Administration's (SBA) Mentor Protégé Program. Northwind and Jacobs have teamed together under this program to puruse mutually-beneficial business opportunities as an SBA-approved Mentor-Protégé 8(a) Joint-Venture.

Advantages of the Northwind-Jacobs Joint Venture
The creation of a SBA Mentor-Protégé 8(a) joint venture produces advantages for both the JV partners and the Government. The Government can look to the resources of two (or more) companies to perform the work; it allows the minority joint venture member to exert more control over contract performance to protect its interests than in a traditional prime-sub relationship; the joint venture parties receive favorable partnership income tax treatment; participating in a joint venture may allow a company to avoid any perceived stigma associated with being a subcontractor to its competitors; and it allows firms to stay smaller longer.

When a joint venture agreement for a particular contract is approved by SBA, then the joint venture taken as a whole will be considered an 8(a) concern for that contract (provided that the 8(a) protégé qualifies as small for the size standard corresponding to the NAICS code assigned to the procurement and has not reached the dollar limit set forth in [13 CFR] § 124.519."). 13 CFR § 124.513(b)(ii)(B)(3).

Northwind Capabilities
  • Construction
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental
  • Facilities O&M
  • Truck Transportation
  • Emergency Response
  • Communication Tower Installation
  • Engineering

Jacobs Capabilities
  • Architecture/Engineering
  • Construction and Field Services
  • Health and Safety Serviecs
  • Planning/Front End
  • Management Serviecs
  • Modular Fabrication
  • Technology Services

About the SBA
Mentor-Protégé Program
The Northwind/Jacobs Mentor-Protégé Program relationship is sponsored by the Small Business Administration. The program enhances the capability of 8(a) participants to complete more successfully for federal government contracts through private sector relationships.

Northwind Engineering, LLC (Northwind) is an 8a certified Native American, Woman-Owned, and Disadvantaged Small Business with a history of outstanding service to federal, state, and private sector customers throughout the United States and abroad. With a philosophy that focuses on timely and cost-effective solutions, Northwind's sole intent is to provide services on project work that exceeds their customers' expectations. The company has conducted work in 40 U.S. states, Latin America, and the Middle East. Northwind currently employs 175 people and exceeded $30 million in revenue during the past fiscal year.

Jacobs, one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services, has been privileged to work for the Department of Defense (DOD) for over 50 years. Jacobs has a proven track record of accomplishment related to the utilization and advancement of the small business community as demonstrated by "Highly Successful" ratings by the DCMA. Jacobs has served as a Mentor in the DOD Mentor-Protégé Program since 1996, having worked with more than 20 Protégés during that period. Jacobs' protégés have increased staff by an average of 253% and revenues by an average of 200% during their mentor-protégé agreements with Jacobs. Jacobs has been honored to be the recipient of the DOD Nunn-Perry Award for Mentor-Protégé excellence on four occasions.