November 9, 2017 ─ Every year the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recruits small businesses to participate in its Emerging Leaders Initiative to stimulate and support the expansion of these businesses. Blue Sky is excited to announce its graduation from this valuable program.
The SBA was established 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.
Recognizing that small businesses in underserved cities added close to three times as many jobs to their local economies as large companies over the last decade, the SBA launched the Emerging Leaders Initiative to capitalize on this proven capacity for stimulating jobs and growth in America’s cities. The Emerging Leaders Program provides training to small businesses to help accelerate their growth. Blue Sky CEO Melissa Peterson speaks highly of the program. She states that “The Emerging Leaders Program provided CXOs with invaluable opportunities to network with and share ideas with other business leaders who face similar challenges. We built meaningful personal and professional relationships that we will lever for years to come.” Ms. Peterson took full advantage of the program working with experienced mentors, attending specialized workshops and developing connections with peers, city leaders, and the financial community.
Blue Sky is a proud graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program and looks forward to continued association with its leadership and graduates and to supporting future classes of leaders.
January 27, 2017 – Blue Sky Innovative Solutions (Blue Sky) is proud to announce that the State of Maryland Department of Information Technology (DOIT) has awarded Blue Sky a 12 year Maryland CATS+ (Consulting and Technical Services +) Master Contract (060B2490023-2016) for the provision of services in the Functional Areas: FA 02: Web and Internet Services, FA 05: Software Engineering, FA 06: Systems/Facilities Management and Maintenance, FA 07: Information System Security, FA 10: IT Management Consulting Services, FA 11: Business Process Consulting Services, FA 17: Documentation/Technical Writing.
Blue Sky’s inclusion as a Maryland CATS+ Master Contractor enables the Maryland State government to procure IT consulting and technical services in a timely and economical manner from Blue Sky. While Blue Sky currently provides these services under other contracts, award of the Maryland CATS+ contract will allow the firm to considerably broaden its service reach and provide solutions and support as a prime contractor across State agencies that purchase services through this schedule.
December 13, 2016 – Blue Sky Innovative Solutions (Blue Sky) CEO Melissa Peterson represented the business community on the Prince George’s County Tech Council’s Tech Tuesday Industry Panel. The Prince George’s County Tech Council promotes networking and collaboration between leading chief executive officers and chief information officers from the private sector,academia and the government with the goal of promoting innovative business growth and job creation in the region. Hosted by County Council Member Mel Franklin and moderated by Prince George’s County Government CIO Vennard Wright, the panel shared insights on topics ranging from current technology trends, promoting a more diverse contractor pool, and industry goals for partnering more effectively in the future.
November 11, 2016 – Blue Sky Innovative Solutions (Blue Sky) is proud to announce that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded Blue Sky a 5-year IT Schedule 70 contract (GS-35F-052GA). Our contract provides for the provision of general Information Technology Professional Services under SIN 132-51 and specialized Healthcare Information Technology Services under SIN 132-56.
Blue Sky’s inclusion as a GSA Schedule 70 vendor enables all government agencies to obtain a wide range of high quality IT services and support from Blue Sky. While Blue Sky currently provides these services under other Federal contracts, award of the GSA IT Schedule 70 contract will allow the firm to considerably broaden its competitive reach and pursue opportunities as a prime contractor across Government agencies that purchase services through this schedule.
Blue Sky recruiters gathered resumes from highly qualified candidates and is pleased to have the opportunity to further demonstrate its commitment to hiring veterans.