By Noah Robins, SBTDC/PTAC counselor at Western Carolina University
M. Teague Engineering & Planning (JMTE) is an engineering and planning firm based in Waynesville, North Carolina that manages a wide range of projects across the Western North Carolina region. Founded in early 2010, JMTE specializes in providing engineering and planning expertise to local municipalities, school systems, private institutions, and professional clients such as landscape architects, urban planners, developers, and civil engineering firms. As the firm describes it, “we serve towns, communities, and cities – large and small – throughout the Southeastern United States. Our client base is broad. We are always open to discuss your needs and whether we are the right firm for your project.” The company offers a diverse slate of services including traffic engineering, transportation planning, forensic engineering, GIS and mapping, community planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and agency collaboration. The company is certified by NCDOT as a Small Business Professional Firm and as a Private Engineering Consultant. The company’s founder, Mark Teague, is a Licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Public Manager with over 25 years of experience as a transportation engineer. Formerly with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Mark has spent most of his career working with small towns and is well versed in the challenges and opportunities they present. Mark recently completed an intense business leadership certification course developed by Harvard School of Business, sponsored by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and presented by Babson College. Completion of this course will position JMTE to pursue more opportunities for strategic growth, provide for an immense network of small business colleagues from across the United States, and provide on-going business resourcing from Babson and 10KSB faculty and advisors. JMTE was one of only 150 businesses selected out of several thousand applicants from across the country. Teague Engineering connected with the SBTDC at Western Carolina University for help with financial analysis, business planning, and assistance with financing. A General Business Counselor referred the client to PTAC for help in expanding their government sales. PTAC Counselor Noah Robins has assisted the client with understanding requirements for Federal contracting (to include SAM registration, locating bid opportunities, understanding bidding procedures and specific performance requirements), completing overhead rate submissions, and marketing their business to agencies and prime contractors. Over the past several years the company has grown their government business portfolio and intends to pursue further work as both a prime and subcontractor. For more on Teague Engineering, visit www.jmteagueengineering.com.