From the desk of Sue Saxton, president of CycleNet, Inc.
CycleNet is one of those grass root American stories.
I was tired of the corporate grind in the late 90's and hitting the glass ceiling, so I started CycleNet a small woman owned business. The company started in my basement and has grown to a multi-million dollar business employing eleven people.
The past years have not been easy. I had to juggle raising my son by myself and meeting all of the financial needs of a growing company. The GSA or government portion of our business has been a key dependable portion of our business. I wrote our original schedule and submitted it for approval six years ago. It took me five months to write and complete all of the paperwork working in the evenings and on weekends. It then took the government five months to approve.
We just had our GSA contract renewed last December for another five years. What is ironic is that we received an "exceptional " rating from our GSA auditor. Our GSA business was growing over 40% because our prices were fair, our customer service exceptional, our delivery perfect to all locations across the U.S. and dealing with the units in Iraq, Kuwait, Egypt, Djoubuti, etc.
Our business was founded on "uncompromising integrity"; it is present in all we do. We do not lose customers or accounts.
Our GSA business has been down 95% since the first of the year through no fault of our own. Our government clients tell us that they have been mandated to purchase off of the FSSI even though they don't want to. We are located in Virginia, so we are close to many of the government agencies.
CycleNet is responsible for eleven families and their livelihoods.
We are a small company like the other companies on the GSA schedule that supports their local communities, pays taxes on time, contributes to the betterment of our communities and lead by example. It is the American Way! Has this been forgotten in Washington? Please let someone walk in my shoes and see what we have to contend with on a daily basis. In order to compete in an ever changing market the least we can ask for is a fair chance to succeed based on merit.
Susan M. Saxion, Cycle-Net Inc.