WIPP National Partner of the Month: Tracy Balazs, President and CEO, Federal Staffing Resources, LLC dba FSR
We sat down with Tracy to hear more about her business and her relationship with WIPP:
Tell us a little about your company and its mission.
FSR was started with the desire to help our wounded warriors heal and to provide healthcare personnel with the clinical expertise to our military treatment facilities and VA hospitals around the country.
Have you always been an entrepreneur? If not, what, or who, inspired you to take this leap?
I was a Registered Nurse with 25 years of ICU and Trauma nursing experience. I had the opportunity to work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a government contractor. This exposure provided me the ability to care for individuals who had sacrificed for our freedoms, hear their stories and meet their families. I was encouraged to start a business that could provide more than just my expertise at the bedside and also be an employer of best in class healthcare professionals that had the same passion as I did.
How has your background in Healthcare helped develop and grow your company?
As a RN, I understood the environment that I was placing our professionals in. I could speak the same language, however, learning the business of government contracting was a challenge as my background was in patient care. I was working nights as a RN at Walter Reed and during the day, I was focused getting business, writing proposals and learning about government contracting.
Do you have a contracting success story that you are proud of?
There is not one contract that I am more proud of than the others, however, none came without sacrifices and hard work. Once you receive a Government contract, your goal is to exceed your customer’s expectations and gain outstanding performance ratings. Having gotten my 8(a) certification within the same year as I started FSR (through a waiver), has helped me a great deal, although it took 18 months of hard work and complete dedication before I got my 1st Government contract.
Tell us about your experience as a WIPP Member? What resources/value has WIPP provided that has been helpful to you and your company?
WIPP has provided me with the education on policy and what is going on in government contracting in a concise fashion. There is a lot of material to read and learn about, however I can go to a single website and find out what is going on. I was so excited that WIPP was so instrumental in getting sole source opportunities and specific set asides for WOSB!