Meet Alejandro Ramirez, the 2018 KY Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year
From SBA Kentucky District Office
In 2013, Alejandro Ramirez retired as a U.S. Army combat officer after 22 years of military service. While in the Army, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Training and Development and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources.
Based on his experience, education, knowledge, and network of suppliers, he started Universal Spartan, LLC, a defense contracting business that is a one-stop federal government product sourcing solutions for tactical, IT, electrical and medical equipment.
Click here to learn more about Universal Spartan, LLC.
The company is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business.
Mr. Ramirez connected with the Elizabethtown SBDC, near the army base where he had served, and participated in the SBA “Boots to Business” program.
The SBDC helped him develop a business plan with financial projections and connected him to the U.S. Export Assistance Center, where Mr. Ramirez received several State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grants.
The Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center provided assistance with government contracts.
Alejandro Ramirez started the business by selling survival and tactical items to the general public through e-commerce.
Five years later, it’s transformed into a defense contractor.
The company now has over 300 contracts with various agencies of the federal government.
Universal Spartan is also pending to receive a General Service Administration (GSA) schedule and has signed a contractual teaming agreement with a large medical company. The firm has grown to ten contractors in the U.S. and internationally in Colombia, Egypt, and Israel.
Alejandro Ramirez supports community and charitable organizations, particularly youth sports and veterans’ services. He is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
He recently founded the Kentucky Veteran Business Alliance, an organization that brings back unity of effort and “esprit de corps” in all veteran businesses and communities in the state.
OSD CEO & Executive Director Glenn Banton is an appointed member of the Advisory Committee on Veteran Business Affairs (ACVBA) providing an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the SBA administrator, SBA associate administrator for the Office of Veterans Business Development, Congress, the President and other U.S. policymakers on programs affecting veteran-owned small business from all segments of American society.