Your Small Biz Update
From Clark County Purchasing
Assistant Director - Administrative Services
SBOP Administrator
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 ---------------- ----- ----- ----------------

March 29th is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, a day designed to honor small companies for the valuable contributions they make to our economy. I am happy to say that many such businesses have graduated from Clark County's small business training programs. Those small, family-owned companies learn what it takes to do business with the County, do the hard work to win that very first contract, and go on to earn repeat business.

In this issue of the Small Biz Update you will meet one family-owned company that attributes much of its business growth to government contracting, learn about some events you can attend to grow your business, and learn about an upcoming invitation to bid.

To your success,

Adleen B. Stidhum

Adleen B. Stidhum
Assistant Director - Administrative Services
Purchasing & Contracts Division
SBOP Administrator
Adleen B. Stidhum
SBOP Administrator
Small Business, Big Wins
Family-owned Business Succeeds at Government Contracting
Husband and wife team Richard and Hattie Igartua have many reasons to celebrate this month of March. On March 13th, Classic Transport LLC, the North Las Vegas transportation company they launched in 2015, will mark its fifth anniversary. Just days ago, they landed a new government contract, while in the midst of gearing up to begin another government project. As the March 29th, 2020 National Mom and Pop Small Business Owners Day approaches, the Igartuas are living proof that even a small, family-owned business can enjoy great success in government contracting.
Richard and Hattie Igartua
Classic Transport LLC
Before launching Classic Transport, Richard was an experienced truck driver who worked for other companies. He and Hattie agreed it was time to start their own operation, which hauls dirt, sand, asphalt, gravel, hot/cold mix, boulders, broken concrete, demolition materials, and aggregate.

“The difference in working for ourselves is we are responsible for everything, right down to being responsible when a truck runs out of fuel or needs maintenance. Not only do we have the responsibilities of making sure job sites are okay, it’s also about looking after our drivers,” he explained.

Hattie enrolled in SBOP to learn how to do business with Clark County and Richard often accompanied her to class. 

“I believe the greatest benefit of SBOP was meeting the connections you get with different businesses, and people like the one who does the DBE certification--pretty much, making contacts, which is what you need to do in business,” said Richard.

In the earliest days of operation, Classic Transport worked locally for brokers in the trucking industry. The company’s focus changed after eight months of operation when the firm earned its first small business certification, a DBE (disadvantaged business enterprise) designation through McCarran International Airport. Hattie and Richard were quick to realize that certification could increase their odds of landing new business.

“There are contracts with set-asides for projects that receive federal funding and a portion of that is set aside just for companies like ours,” said Richard. 

That knowledge inspired the pair to earn an impressive list of certifications. Their certifications, paired with good work performance, have helped them continuously attract new business.

“We stay extremely busy and may be the busiest people we know,” laughed Hattie. “We are certified as MBE, WBE, WOSB, EDWOSB, and ESB. We also have a mining certification through MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) and a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) certification, which qualified our company to work in emergency situations such as natural disasters or mining accidents.”

“In emergencies we may be called to help animals and people, hauling dirt and water, and debris. For example, when there was flooding in Mesquite, there was a lot of debris that needed to be cleared and it can take weeks to do work like that, sometimes with as little as 12 hours notice. We are lucky because we get really good drivers and we work to make sure everything is good, ” Hattie said. 

Richard said the company expands its fleet as needed to meet the demands of the workload, which is growing at a steady pace.

“We have a couple-million dollar job coming up in Ely in a month and we might be there for two work seasons, and we are looking forward to another that may have us bouncing back and forth between locations a little bit. We have started reaching out more toward northern Nevada because there seems to be a lot of better-paying jobs there. We are also working on a contract with the Forestry Department,” said Richard.

He added, “We may be too small to broker out something for the federal government, but by this time next year, we are on track to be running out of two or three cities. On some jobs, we are the main trucking company onsite, and eventually may become a prime on those types of jobs,”

Richard said he would advise fellow business owners daunted by the idea of getting certified to look at every option. 

“Don’t sell yourself short. Some companies are out there charging thousands of dollars to help you get certified but there are a lot of things you don’t have to pay for that people are charging for. For example, DBE certification is free of charge and you can fill out your own paperwork free of charge,” he said.

In addition to running Classic Transport, Hattie owns one company that sells soap and bath salts, and another that sells women’s accessories. Together she and Richard are preparing to launch a small business consulting company.

In their spare time, the Igartuas said they volunteer and support community organizations that are working to help the homeless. Giving back to the community in true entrepreneurial spirit.

Does your small business want training
on how to do business with Clark County?
To become an SBOP partner or mentor:
Contact Adleen Stidhum at or call (702) 455-3163. 

Is your company on the verge of major growth?
Apply for the Las Vegas 2020 class of Emerging Leaders , a free entrepreneurship education course provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. 
Applications accepted now through March 18, 2020
  • Applicant interviews and final participants selected in late March
  • Program runs April through October/November

Opportunity Knocks
Street Light LED Upgrade, Phase I

Clark County inviting bids from companies qualified to perform phase one of a street light LED upgrade project. The estimated cost for the project is $1.374,888 to $1,454,513.

A Pre-bid Conference for this project is scheduled for March 20, 2020 at 9:00 am in the Gold Conference Room, Clark County Purchasing and Contracts division, fourth floor of Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89155.

Bids for this project will be accepted on or before April 3, 2020 at 2:15 pm  based on the time clock at the Purchasing and Contracts Division front desk.

To review the specifications for this project and related documents visit the Current Opportunities page of the Clark County website and click on Bid #605597.
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March 26, 2020

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