Business Information Group (BIG) announced a business affiliation with Star Systems Engineering Inc. — both downtown companies — that will allow BIG to expand its client base of information technology support customers by about 250.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Star Systems will move into BIG’s office at 156 N. George St., three blocks from its former office, according to Patti Stirk, founder of Star and now a business development specialist with BIG. It will keep its name, but selling off its IT support clients allows Star to concentrate on a market it has always wanted to concentrate on — government contracts.
Star has a designation from the Small Business Administration as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), which gives it preferential access to federal contracts.
Stirk said the company had never used its HUBZone status fully before because it was too busy on other areas, but freeing up the IT support side of the business will allow the new company to explore the federal government contracting market.
“It’s an asset we just haven’t gotten to use yet,” Stirk said. “It’s very valuable, from everything we hear. We just need to actually use it.”
BIG and its wholly owned subsidiary BIG Wireless LLC is a privately owned supplier of IT services, programming and application development services and wireless communication infrastructures.
Stirk founded Star in 1989 and, before concentrating on government contracts, it specialized in large-scale data center equipment sales and infrastructure design throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.