Published on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
H&S Environmental has been named the winner of the 2015 Massachusetts Woman-Owned Business of the Year award according to an announcement by Robert Nelson, Massachusetts SBA District Director.
“H & S is a business that has grown from 3 employees to 42 since 2003, many of which are women, minorities or veterans themselves. The business is also a woman-owned business which has successfully competed in the government contracting space earning the respect of many along the way through hard work, ethics and professionalism.” said Robert Nelson. “Debi is a leader in all respects and we are honored to be recognizing her accomplishments as our Massachusetts Women-Owned Business of the Year for 2015.”
Debi Heims started H&S environmental remediation services over a decade ago from the basement of her house, receiving her first contract from a petroleum company. As a result of her leadership and perseverance, H&S has grown to 42 employees since their inception in 2003. Debi is the sole owner of H&S and learned to leverage the SBA programs offered to disadvantaged, woman-owned businesses. H&S joined SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program and started out as a subcontractor to large firms needing to fulfill socio-economic prime contracting goals – receiving guidance from the Contracting team at the SBA Massachusetts District Office. As a result, Debi has developed a twelve-year history for H&S, touting a proven track record for: financial stability, profitable growth, increased employment, and an impeccable safety record.
Debi also utilized the free business advisory services of Sandra Ledbetter, Government Sales Advisor for the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) network which is supported by SBA, the Massachusetts Department of Business Development and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg School of Management. In this role, MSBDC advisors help small disadvantaged business owners like Debi to navigate the government contracting market and assist with vital connections that enable them to grow.
H&S has executed many innovative technologies, including: the design and construction of Low Impact Development (LID) technologies and costing data for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District; pilot studies for the treatment of explosive-contaminated soils for the USACE Omaha District; and innovative treatment technologies at various locations for the US Navy. Because of its positive track record, H&S continues to grow its client base and expand nationwide, which includes: New England, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Savannah and Omaha districts; the US Navy; the US Air Force; NASA; the US Coast Guard; the Department of Homeland Security; HUD; the EPA; and the Massachusetts Air National Guard.
The Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year award is presented annually for developing a growing business; with three years’ evidence of success in sales and profits, increased jobs, innovative product, and demonstrated potential.
Debi Heims was nominated for this award by Eva Marie D’Antuono, US Army Corps of Engineers.
Debi Heims will be honored at an SBA awards lunch along with the other 2015 Massachusetts Small Business Week winners at the Sheraton Framingham on May 4, 2015.