Nevada Apex Accelerator Assists Puyenpa Construction

Native American-Owned Small Business Receives Contract From U.S. Navy


Contact: Gregory Bortolin, Director of Communications (775) 687-9917


December 12, 2023

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The mission of the Nevada APEX Accelerator, a division of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), is to provide Nevada small businesses with procurement technical assistance, for companies to find government procurement opportunities and compete for and win contracts and subcontracts. Back in April, the Nevada APEX Accelerator was a co-event collaborator that provided such opportunities at the Fallon Convention Center at a one-day procurement event hosted by the U.S. Navy.

Ken DuBos and Bruce Coney, both Government Contracts Advisors, from the Nevada APEX Accelerator, were onsite supporting the event and conducted a presentation titled “Nevada APEX Accelerator” that provided an overview about APEX’s no-charge one-on-one counseling, events, and other services. One of the eventual results of that event was Puyenpa Construction LLC securing a contract with the U.S. Navy.

Captain Shane Tanner, the commanding officer at the Naval Air Station in Fallon, recently spoke to members of Puyenpa Construction LLC and the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe on Department of Defense initiatives to support Native American-owned small businesses. Tanner noted how thrilled he was since awarding a contract to Puyenpa Construction LLC was monumental for the Navy and tribal partners as they continue to build trust and solidify their ongoing partnership. Additionally, it enhances small business opportunities in the procurement process as the Navy has made this a priority for the Navy.

“During my engagements with tribal leadership, I am routinely asked how the tribes could benefit economically from the Fallon Range Training Complex Modernization and other related projects at NAS Fallon,” Tanner said. “In April of this year, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Southwest and NAS Fallon hosted training for local tribes and native owned business to learn more about procurement options available from federal and state agencies.”

“The Nevada APEX Accelerator was elated to be a part of the training event. Puyenpa Construction LLC being awarded the contract is a prime example of a small business helping a U.S. military installation meet its Navy mission; scaling and creating and keeping jobs; helping to diversify Nevada’s economy; and strengthening our communities,” said Joan C. Rueben, Director of the Nevada APEX Accelerator and National Contract Management (NCMA) Fellow.




About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and the Governor’s Office to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development.


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