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Success Story

Miranda Contracting

The support and resources provided by the FSBDC at UNF have been instrumental in preparing our application and receiving our Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business (JSEB) certification. Many thanks to the team at UNF! Go Ospreys!

Since 1998, Miranda Contracting, Inc. has been providing site and utility contractor services in support of government public works projects, retail and commercial developers, and residential communities. They have successfully completed over 35 projects, totaling over $23 million. Known as the “hands-on, you can count on company,” James Garrison, Miranda President, and Joshua Garrison, Miranda CEO, personally superintend every project. Together, they lead a well-seasoned and highly skilled team of estimators, project managers, foremen, equipment operators and laborers. As Joshua says, “We understand that customers need a competitive price from a reliable, sound, and qualified contractor. That’s who we are – hands-on, on time, and as expected.” Miranda’s capabilities include site preparation, excavation, water and wastewater utilities, paving, drainage, and landscaping services, to name a few. They are also a licensed fire main contractor and hold a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) inspector license.

Recognizing the opportunities for market expansion and growth through government contracts, the team at Miranda sought out the assistance of the FSBDC at the University of North Florida. Joshua Garrison, Miranda CEO, met with the FSBDC PTAC Specialist, Don Zavesky, to gain a better understanding of how to increase business with government agencies and prime contractors. Together, they worked to gain an understanding of the government marketplace and potential subcontracting opportunities, relevant to Miranda Contracting. The FSBDC provided Miranda market intelligence information through FSBDC’s Rapid Research Request services. In addition, Don and Joshua identified several preferred small business certifications, such as the Florida MBE and Jacksonville JSEB certifications. Utilizing this information and resources, Joshua and the team at Miranda, successfully prepared all required paperwork and submitted their small business applications to the State and City of Jacksonville. This resulted in Miranda receiving their Hispanic MBE and JSEB certifications.

Since receiving their MBE and JSEB certifications, Miranda is competing for and anticipates receiving multiple subcontracting awards on local government contracts, in the near future. In addition, they have received prime contracts through local government agencies. Historically, some of Miranda’s clients have included:

City of Jacksonville
Palatka County
Jacksonville Beach
Atlantic Beach
Numerous commercial developers
Area residential developers

As evidence of their dedication to reliable, cost effective, quality service done on-time, within budget – every time, the following are a few quotes from their customers.

“Miranda Contracting, Inc. performed the work in a very workmanlike and efficient manner. I would recommend Miranda Contracting Inc. for any site and utility work based on past performance as observed by the undersigned and our representatives.” – Commercial Developer.

“The project was completed on time and within budget. As in past years, Miranda Contracting, Inc., has performed in a satisfactory manner and the City of Jacksonville Beach always looks forward to them bidding on our projects..” – Department of Public Works.

The FSBDC is proud to support and be associated with the team at Miranda Contracting. The company continues to experience growth and success including growing to employ 20 people in the Jacksonville area; receiving recent contract awards valued in the millions; and submitting proposals for numerous subcontracting opportunities.

In the future, the FSBDC team is looking forward to assisting the staff at Miranda in developing and preparing their application for participation in the SBA Federal 8(a) Business Development program.

Miranda ContractingJoshua Garrison

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