October 24, 2018
BY: SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Michelle Christian
Collectively, veteran-owned businesses employ five million workers and generate $1.1 trillion in receipts (https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/SBO_Facts_VOB.pdf). At the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), numbers like these are important, but ultimately it is through the successes of the entrepreneurs we serve that we take our measure. Earlier this year, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon and I had the honor of meeting Doug Tate, owner of Alpha Technologies, LLC, a business technology company he started after retiring from the U.S. Army. Alpha provides comprehensive technical solutions for growing businesses.
Since beginning the company 18 years ago, Doug has become a force in bringing employment to the communities in which he has set up shop (he has customers in ten states and 17 countries) and technological access to rural communities. When Doug was ready to take on a large game-changing project to install a 35-mile, high-capacity fiber ring around Charleston, West Virginia that will deliver high-speed internet and data center connectivity to the area, he turned to the SBA-backed WV Small Business Development Center and the SBA’s West Virginia District Office.
Within a matter of days, lenders were lined up to look at the project and Alpha secured $4.8 million through the Mountain State’s first SBA Export Loan. The project is underway and will provide faster data transfer speeds starting at 1 Gigabit per second. Alpha’s goal is to revitalize the business community in West Virginia, which will pave the way for economic stability and growth through business expansion and job creation. For his efforts, Doug won the 2018 SBA West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year Award and was first runner-up for SBA’s National Small Business Person of the Year.
The SBA and our partner organizations empower veterans like Doug by equipping them with business startup counseling, training, access to capital, and contracting opportunities. Veterans are integral to the growth of America’s small businesses, and November 5 through November 9 we honor America’s “vetrepreneurs” with the fifth-annual National Veterans Small Business Week.
President Trump showed his dedication to small businesses and veterans by donating his second-quarter salary to the SBA to help our nation’s veterans transition from military service to entrepreneurship. The funds will assist the SBA with creating a seven-month, intensive entrepreneur training program specifically for veterans. Government efforts like these are critical to the successful transition process for service members exiting the military and considering entrepreneurship as their next move.
Visit www.sba.gov/vetbiz or contact your local SBA district office to find out about various events. Also, join us in the celebration by following us on Twitter at @SBAgov and sharing your stories with the #VetBiz and #MyVetBiz hashtags.
September 13, 2018
Hurricane, WV –The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded Alpha Federal (Alpha Technologies) a base year +four option years PATIENT INTERNET ACCESS contract through the GSA IT70 contract vehicle.
Alpha Federal will provide comprehensive support and maintenance for a total of twenty-four remote Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center facilities throughout Ohio. Managed services will include support for existing patient wireless networks with the anticipation of facility changes of physical address and construction of new VA owned facilities. A 24x7x365 helpdesk will also support patient internet access.
July 18, 2018
Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, toured Alpha Technologies’ South Charleston data center Tuesday. Prior to McMahon’s visit, among efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to tout the benefits of federal tax cuts, Alpha Technologies CEO Doug Tate said the Hurricane-based company is planning to build a new data center in Huntington. To go along with that facility — expected to be smaller than its South Charleston data center — Alpha is aiming to build 50 miles of fiber from Charleston to Huntington via U.S. 60, said Charlie Dennie, vice president of government relations and special projects.
May 4, 2018
FAIRMONT WV — From small bakeries and breweries to technology companies and banks, more than a dozen small businesses across the state were honored Wednesday during the Small Business Administration’s 2018 West Virginia awards luncheon.
For the biggest award of the day, Douglas Tate of Alpha Technologies Inc. in Hurricane won Small Business Person of the Year and was named first runner up nationally.
In an emotional speech, Tate thanked his family for the opportunities they provided, which he said led him to be the man he is today.
May 2, 2018
Washington, DC — Linda McMahon, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration personally recognized and awarded all the state and territorial winners and commended all of them for their hard work, innovative ideas and dedication to their employees and community have helped each of them build very successful businesses.
In addition to the national Small Business Person of the Year, three runners –up were recognized and awarded:
President & CEO
Alpha Technologies, Inc.
Hurricane, West Virginia
Douglas Tate joined the U.S. Army directly out of high school. He served with distinction for nine years including time in a special infantry unit where he saw action on the front lines. During his military career he studied data communications and engineering. Tate was forced into medical retirement from a service related injury but the skills he learned while enlisted helped him become a critical thinker and shaped his path to entrepreneurship.
Alpha Technologies, formed in 2000, is a business technology focused company providing comprehensive solutions to allow clients to focus on business growth while Alpha manages their technology. The company staffs more than 40 employees, serves 10 states and 17 countries.
Tate has utilized many SBA programs and services, including: Small Business Development Center counseling that led to getting VA certification as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business; counseling from SBA leading to them receiving a grant from the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce; Federal Acquisition Management training taught by SBA, and a $4.8 million SBA international trade loan to build a 35-mile high-capacity fiber ring around Charleston, West Virginia.
October 26, 2017
Congratulations to Alpha Technologies Inc. for meeting all Cisco criteria to become an Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization in USA.
Alpha Technologies meets diverse data center needs for the digital era. They are experts in converged infrastructure, multi-cloud hybrid computing, application or infrastructure as a service, and analytics.