52 53 (Cida) Goldbach, SBD2’s President and CEO, to whom he has been married to for 28 years and worked side-by-side for nearly 25 years. The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small, disadvantaged businesses that are owned and controlled at least 51 percent by“socially and economically disadvantaged” individuals. SBD2 graduated from that program a little over 3 years ago. One important early contract for SBD2 was the GSA (General Services Administration) 8(a) STARS II Vehicle, a small business, set- aside GWAC (Government-wide Acquisition Contract) for 8(a) industry partners who provide customized IT solutions.“A lot of clients and partners recognized the value we could provide and looked for opportunities to teamwith us, and that worked out quite well,”Goldbach recounts.“There are quite a few different agencies that we work with and have contracts within, even after 16 years. Our forté is software engineering and cyber security but we also have video teleconfer- encing and some cabling work.We have had SOLUTIONS BY DESIGN II LLC a broad range of offerings over the years.” Today, the Vienna Virginia-based company has approximately 200 employees, and, last year, it was ranked #1061 in the 2016 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies category and #36 on the 2017Washington Fast 50. Its portfolio of contracts covers a wide range of U.S. govern- ment departments and agencies. For example, for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) United States Citizenship and Immi- gration Services (USCIS), SBD2 provides cy- bersecurity support and operates a 24x7x365 security operations center.The company pro- vides Instructional Design and Development to help Air Traffic Controllers with Pre-Departure Clearance regulations, i.e. training and imple- mentation of software to enable training for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). For the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SBD2 designed and implemented a progres- sive User Experience Campaign, integrating marketing and outreach activities, enhancing content, and leveraging e-learning technology. For the Department of Housing and Urban De- velopment (HUD), SBD2 provides a full lifecy-