It was two decades ago when Victoria Vasques (Diegueño of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians) left her 25-year public service career to launch Tribal Tech, LLC, her 8(a) business headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.
She stepped down from her position at the U.S. Department of Education in 2000 to build a company that delivers management and technical consulting to the federal government, Tribes and private companies. Services include training and technical assistance, grants administration and peer review, communications and outreach, IT, Indian affairs and health sciences.
Initially, acquiring clients was a slow roll, by her own account. Although she thought she could easily garner contracts with both federal agencies she had worked for, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) made that difficult without past performance as a business — even as a woman-owned, Native-owned small business. Consequently, she describes the period from 2000 to 2009 spent “literally knocking on doors to get people to give her work.”
But all her hard work has paid off.
For the seventh year in a row, Inc. magazine has included Tribal Tech in its annual Inc. 5000 list, a comprehensive list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and one of the most prestigious awards in business.
The 2020 Inc. 5000 list presents a comprehensive look at the nation’s fastest-growing and most successful, privately held companies, with profiles and an interactive database. It can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.
Companies are ranked according to the percentage of annual revenue growth over a three-year period. Coming in at number 4,457 on the Inc. 5000, Tribal Tech has grown by 73% over three years, according the ranking.
“Even though we are proud to have already been included in the Inc. 5000 Hall of Fame, this award honors the outstanding work of our employees and the strong partnerships we have with our clients,” Vasques, Tribal Tech, LLC’s President & CEO, stated.
Because of Ms. Vasques’ passion for education, health and wellness, and her American Indian heritage, Tribal Tech, LLC has worked closely with numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations to help underserved communities throughout the country.