Spotlight on a Native-Owned Business: PCI Support Services
Previous Native American 40 Under 40 Award Winner, Billy Hunt, has served as President and CEO of PCI Support Services, LLC., for the past four years. A tribally owned and U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) certified business, PCI specializes in providing modular and traditional construction services to the U.S. federal government and other clients. PCI Support services is wholly owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and operates out of Atmore, Alabama. Federal clients have included the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, General Services Administration, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. While COVID-19 has not had a significant impact on the work of PCI, the company has been careful to provide Personal Protective Equipment and other supplies to both staff and vendors, ensuring a safe construction and business environment.
We sat down with Billy Hunt to learn more PCI Support Services. Keep reading to learn more about the company!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your business (location, tribal affiliation, type of work, professional background, etc.).
My name is Billy Hunt and I have served as President and CEO of PCI Support Services (PCISS), LLC., for the past four years. I am a member of Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. PCISS is a facilities services company that currently specializes in modular buildings and construction. We offer a wide variety of services that pertains to facilities. We are wholly owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. PCISS has been in business for five years and running. We are a fast-paced and fast-growing company that not only provides services commercially, but for tribes and U.S. Government Contracts. PCISS is a U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) Certified and HUBZone Certified firm.
2. How has your business been affected by COVID-19?
We have adjusted our working environment and procedures to make things safer for employees. We have provided personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to our staff and some vendors. Fortunately, our workload has continued through this pandemic in support of the federal government and commercial projects.
3. How has your business model changed during the pandemic?
Our business model has not changed significantly. The pandemic has enabled us to concentrate more on staffing and being more calculated in workforce needs and management.
4. How has The National Center helped your business?
The National Center has helped, and continues to help, PCISS in identifying potential opportunities, including introductions to contracting officers and agencies, especially for industry days and virtual Days.
5. What advice would you give to aspiring Native entrepreneurs?
When working for the federal government in particular, make sure that you have past performance in whatever field or industry you choose to work. Having past performance and a strong network of vendors and businesses alike is key to successful government contracting. Make sure to learn something new every chance you get, continue to educate yourself; do not fear what you do not know, fear what you know and do not do anything to change.