Onyx Government Services, empowering the U.S. Federal government and Department of Defense (DoD) to interpret, manage, and protect mission-critical systems and data, salutes veteran entrepreneurs during “National Veterans Small Business Week,” as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates veteran-owned businesses across the country from October 31 – November 4, 2022, showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience of U.S. military veterans.
The resilience of military veterans managing their own small business was on full display when the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on America. Never abandoning their post, Ken Jensen and Onyx Government Services weathered the storm and continued to achieve and grow – matching 16 years of consistent success as a public sector systems integrator.
Onyx is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) owned by Ken Jensen, an U.S. Army military intelligence veteran. Ken founded the business in 2006 to serve the federal technology market.
While other businesses folded their tent and surrendered to the pandemic tsunami and lockdown, Onyx stayed the course, providing uninterrupted client support. The company’s role supporting the federal government’s infrastructure was deemed “critical” to national security. Onyx stayed true to a sincere commitment to their community in need, veterans in the workforce, and national security.
“As a government technology services supplier, we understood the significance of our essential role in supporting federal agencies, especially during a national health crisis,” said Ken Jensen, Founder & President of Onyx Government Services. “Our employees – including employees who are veterans – stayed diligent and dedicated in keeping the government running smoothly. And through all these extraordinary challenges, like any veteran run business would do, we never left our watch.”
As a veteran and small business owner, Ken Jensen has always been a big supporter of veteran hiring. Even during a difficult economic period like the last two years, Onyx Government Services was able to increase the percentage of veterans on the payroll, rising to 25% in 2021 – one quarter of fulltime staff – after reaching 14% in 2020.
Onyx makes its headquarters in Fairfax County, Va., home to over 2,000 veteran-owned firms, 8% of all county payroll businesses.
“I based my business in Fairfax County because of the close proximity to the Pentagon and federal government in Washington DC, as well as the strong support in the area for military veterans,” said Jensen.
Headquartered near the Nation’s Capital in Centreville VA, Onyx Government Services is a world-class innovator in enterprise data services and data-driven solutions. The SECAF “Government Contractor of the Year” and CRN Magazine Top 500 Solution Provider offers advanced analytics and data governance, social media discovery, and DevSecOps solutions addressing the Federal government’s most critical digital integration needs. Since 2006, Onyx GS has been supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) service branches like the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, and federal agencies including the Treasury Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with unparalleled technical expertise, total commitment, and a culture of collaboration. Onyx is a CVE-verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and is recognized as a State of Virginia V3-Certified company (Virginia Values Veterans). Onyx is an ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 27001:2013-certified company and has access to a minimum of eight Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) vehicles.