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  1. Employee Spotlight: Equipment Planner Tegan Denison

    Tegan approaches every project with a meticulous attention to detail and a positive attitude. She is an excellent communicator and a problem solver, skilled at anticipating and mitigating issues before they occur. She’s been with Mill Creek for 8 years, and we are so grateful to have her on our team. Read more about Tegan in our Q&A below.

    Briefly describe what you do at work all day?

    Primarily I coordinate the new and reuse equipment lists with the equipment drawings.  I work with the architects to ensure we have space planned for our equipment and work with our Revit designers to plan the equipment within the spaces.  In addition, I help with QC, gathering quotes, bidding and anything else the office needs support on.

    What’s the best thing about your job?

    Getting to work with a great team who is committed to getting the job done right.

    What’s one of your proudest moments in your career?

    Successfully designing and planning for the Nellis AFB job.  It was such a huge job and my first project at Mill Creek.

    What do you like to do outside of work?

    I stay pretty busy running after 2 girls and a baby boy.  We like to go swimming, work and play in our yard when its warm and play games.

    Who inspires you?

    People who run in marathons.

    If you had one superpower, what would it be?

    I wish I could fly.

    Who/what is your favorite musician/band?

     I love Chris Stapleton.

    If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

    Learn to sew on a sewing machine. It’s always something I’ve wanted to do.

    If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

    Go on vacation for a month to England and Ireland.

    If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

    I would want to see my Grandpa again, who died 4 years ago. I didn’t get enough time with him and want to hear his voice again and gather as much wisdom as I can from him.

    How do you define success?

    I think success is figuring out what your goals are and always striving to do your best.

  2. Prairie Band Health Services Wins Again

    Portland Indian Health Service Recognizes Value in Utilizing 8(a) Tribal Firm

    Prairie Band Health Services, Inc. (PBHS) has been awarded a multi-option year competitive contract to perform medical professional staffing services for the Portland Area Indian Health Services (IHS) in the Pacific Northwest. The performance is anticipated to take place over a five-year period.

    PBHS CEO John Holtz said: “This is yet another exciting opportunity for the Prairie Band team.  Prairie Band Health Services looks forward to assisting Portland IHS in their mission to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level.”

    Prairie Band, LLC CEO Jacob Wamego said: “There is no time in recent history when healthcare was of such paramount importance. We are excited to be recognized as a premier service provider by our clients. We are ready to continue exceeding the expectations of our customers and growing our business.”

    Prairie Band Health Services, Inc. is an SBA 8(a) certified firm owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s economic development company, Prairie Band, LLC. PBHS is a medical and professional services offeror that provides solutions to the federal government, tribal governments, and corporate clients throughout the United States.  PBHS is headquartered on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation near Mayetta, Kansas.

    Media Contacts:
    Prairie Band Health Services
    John Holtz, CEO

  3. Reasons to Hire a Tribally-Owned 8(a) Business

    As a tribally-owned, 8(a) certified business, Mill Creek offers unique benefits to government clients and contractors, granted by the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Listed below is a quick explanation of the 8(a) program and the unique benefits of being both 8(a) and tribally-owned.


    The Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) program provides set-asides and business development opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged business. Mill Creek has been an 8(a) certified business since September of 2018.


    Working with a tribally-owned, 8(a) business offers a streamlined sole source process, with a simpler and faster procurement timeline. Specific benefits include the following:

    1. No dollar threshold on 8 (a) sole-source awards with Justification & Approval – Mill Creek is exempt from the $4 million cap set on other 8(a) companies, because we are tribally-owned. This saves time and money on market research, acquisition strategies, solicitation preparation, proposal review, and contractor selection. 13 CFR 124.506 (b)
    2. Sole-source contracting up to $22M without Justification & Approval. 13 CFR 124.506(b)(5)
    3. No Protesting 8(a) Awards – No other party can protest an 8(a) company eligible for a sole source award. 13 CFR 124.517(a)
    4. Ability to negotiate contracts directly with Mill Creek, ensuring flexibility and reliability. 13 CFR 124.503
    5. Reduced Procurement Time – Sole sourcing to a tribally-owned 8(a) company reduces procurement time from the federal average of 279 days to under 30 days.


    The congressionally-sponsored DOD Indian Incentive Program provides a 5% rebate to federal prime contractors that subcontract to tribally-owned organizations. 25 USC 1544

    For more information on Mill Creek’s services, please visit our services page. Also, if you are interested in a construction contractor, our sister company, Prairie Band Construction, is 8(a) and tribally-owned, offering all the same benefits to government clients and contractors.

  4. Mill Creek Awarded SBA HUBZone Certification

    JMill Creek has announced that it has been awarded HUBZone certification by the Small Business Administration (SBA). As part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997, the HUBZone program was established to provide qualified small businesses with assistance in pursuit of federal contracts.

    “Mill Creek is enthusiastic to add the HUBZone badge to its list of certifications,” said Tyler Levier, President and CEO of Mill Creek. “The HUBZone certification is the perfect complement to the 8(a) certification awarded to the company in 2018. Designations such as these better position the company to provide efficient solutions to our federal clients, allow large firms to meet their small business goals by working with a best-in-class outfitter, and provide additional opportunities to continue the growth of a stellar company.”

    Annually, the federal government has a goal of awarding 3% of all federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small business concerns. More can be learned regarding the HUBZone program at

    Mill Creek specializes in outfitting of furniture, fixtures, equipment, and technology (FFE&T), medical equipment planning, space planning, transition planning, move management, interior design, and procurement for healthcare, government, and private sector clients across the nation. Mill Creek is owned by Prairie Band LLC, the economic development company wholly owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

    Tyler Levier, CEO

  5. MacDill AFB Sabal Park Clinic Now Open

    We are pleased to share that MacDill AFB’s new Sabal Park Clinic has opened! Mill Creek provided initial outfitting, transition planning, medical equipment planning, interior design, signage, low voltage, space planning, and public relations for the new satellite clinic located in the outskirts of Tampa. With the move complete, the clinic opened for business on April 15, 2019, and it looks great!

    At 32,329 square feet, the Sabal Park Clinic is twice the size of the 16,000 square-foot Brandon Clinic, the facility being replaced. The new clinic has plenty of space for its dedicated staff to continue providing superior care to its patient population. The departments included in the move are Clinic Management, Immunizations, Information Management, Internal Medicine, Laboratory, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Primary Care, Radiology, and Women’s Health.

    We are grateful to have had this opportunity to work with the 6th Medical Group on this beautiful new clinic! We look forward to celebrating MacDill’s new clinic at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on May 3, 2019.

    MacDill Sabal Park Clinic Exam Room
    MacDill Sabal Park Clinic Waiting Area
    MacDill Sabal Park Clinic Alcove
    MacDill Sabal Park Clinic Exam Room
    MacDill Sabal Park Clinic Exam Room
    MacDill Sabal Park Clinic FF&E
  6. Prairie Band Construction Awarded SBA 8(a) Certification

    November 13, 2018 – Prairie Band Construction, Inc. (PBC), Mill Creek’s sister company, has been certified as a participant in the SBA’s 8(a) Program. Owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s economic development company, Prairie Band, LLC, PBC is a performance-driven contractor that manages and delivers projects on time and within budget. PBC serves the federal government, tribal governments, and corporate clients throughout the United States. PBC is headquartered on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation near Mayetta, KS.

    Greg Sharp, PBC Construction Manager, said: “Earning 8(a) certification is very exciting news for PBC. It will allow PBC to compete for set-aside and sole source contracts within the SBA 8(a) Program. The 8(a) designation, in addition to the company’s SBA HUBZone designation, creates an extremely powerful entity that will drive PBC’s revenue and profit growth for years to come”

    The President and CEO of Prairie Band, LLC, Jacob Wamego, said: “This is the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s third company to be awarded SBA 8(a) certification. Prairie Band Construction’s sister companies have already taken advantage of the opportunities the certification allows. Prairie Band Construction’s team is hitting the ground running in efforts to obtain more work and create additional revenue streams for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.”

    The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and is an essential instrument for helping socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society.

    PBC is a leader in the construction industry, providing general contracting, construction management, environmental consulting, and remediation services. PBC is a subsidiary of Prairie Band, LLC; the economic development arm of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

    Media Contacts:
    Prairie Band
    Jacob Wamego, CEO

  7. Jacob Wamego Named as a Native American 40 under 40 Award Recipient

    Jacob Wamego, the CEO of Prairie Band, LLC, Mill Creek’s parent company, has been recognized as a 2018 winner of the Native American 40 under 40 award. This award is bestowed by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center), and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication in business and their communities. This year the National Center is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 40 under 40 awards.

    “It is an honor to be recognized for this award among many people making great contributions to their communities. I am grateful for the work I get to do with Prairie Band, LLC and for the dedicated staff, management, and Board whose work continues to result in real change and growth in economic opportunities for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation,” says Wamego. “Thank you to the National Center for your commitment to developing and supporting the American Indian business community.”

    Award winners will be honored at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 29-30. The event – “Impacting Generations: Honoring a Decade of Exceptional Service and Leadership” – will be held in conjunction with the National Center’s next Native Edge Institute (NEI), a one-day training session focused specifically on procurement. Past and present 40 under 40 awardees will have the opportunity to participate in programming with the goal of providing additional professional development, networking, leadership, and mentorship opportunities.

    “We are thrilled to recognize the impressive achievements of Jacob Wamego,” said Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center. “Wamego joins a diverse group of young women and men cultivated from across American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Each of these individuals has devoted their skills and resources to enhancing their communities. From business, academia, healthcare, tribal government, politics, non-profits, journalism, the law, finance, and marketing, 40 under 40 winners are shining examples for all of us to follow. For the 10th year in a row, it is an honor to recognize these individuals and leaders who will continue to define success for the future of Native American business.”

    Those interested in attending the 40 under 40 event can register by clicking here; 40 under 40 attendees have the option of attending the Native Edge Institute programming. Please visit the National Center’s website at to learn more.

    Prairie Band, LLC was formed in 2010 as an economic development company wholly owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Since inception, Prairie Band, LLC has grown into a family of seven subsidiary companies with commercial, federal, and local customers. Prairie Band, LLC is part of the economic development plan established by tribal leadership with the purpose of providing opportunity and prosperity to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. The company is headquartered on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation in northeast Kansas.

  8. Mill Creek Awarded SBA 8(a) Certification

    September 12, 2018 – Mill Creek has been certified as a participant in the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) program. Owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s economic development company, Prairie Band, LLC, Mill Creek is a leading provider of medical facility initial outfitting and transition services (IOT) with offices in Denver, Holton, and Kansas City that provides comprehensive solutions to clients in the federal, tribal, and private sectors throughout the country.

    “This is yet another exciting event for the Mill Creek family. Certifications such as this provide avenues of opportunity that would otherwise be unattainable,” said Tyler Levier, CEO of Mill Creek. “Expect to hear much more from Mill Creek as we continue this extraordinary progress.”

    Prairie Band, LLC CEO Jacob Wamego said: “I could not be more pleased with Mill Creek’s performance and look forward to continued success through utilization of the 8(a) program. As a leader in the industry, Mill Creek works tirelessly to continuously raise the bar of expectations within the IOT sector.”

    Media Contact:
    Janet Metzler, VP
    Mill Creek

  9. Mill Creek Leads Transition for WRAIR Renovation and Addition

    Mill Creek is working with Turner Construction to provide transition and inventory services for the renovation and addition to the Raymond Randall Building, a vivarium and research lab at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, the WRAIR is the premiere biomedical research lab of the Department of Defense (DOD). The addition and renovation will bring the facility up to current building codes and standards. Additionally, there will be more room for specialized equipment and animals.

    At WRAIR, scientists are working on innovative projects, like the development of vaccines and preventative drugs for Zika virus, malaria, HIV/AIDS, dengue fever, wound infections, leishmaniasis, and enteric diseases. The presence of contained viruses has made this an interesting project for Mill Creek. Transition specialists had to suit up in appropriate gear to avoid infections while carefully moving the animals and equipment to a temporary location for the building renovation.

    As one of the most diverse DOD research labs in the nation, the WRAIR’s work is not limited to the study of illnesses and vaccines. With a focus on Service Member health and well-being, WRAIR researchers pursue projects about psychological resilience, neurological functioning, and operational readiness among Service Members. Based on their research, WRAIR scientists have recently developed “Battlemind Training” to manage stress during combat. The facility also houses sleep suites, where researchers study how sleep deprivation impacts productivity. For example, WRAIR researchers discovered that sleep is “banked,” meaning that a week of extended nighttime sleep can reduce performance struggles in a subsequent week with less sleep.

    When construction on the Raymond Randall Building concludes in December, Mill Creek will lead the transition of personnel, equipment, and animals into the new addition.

  10. Proposal Writing Tips from the National 8(a) Small Business Conference

    Mill Creek, LLC attended the Small Business Administration 8(a) Small Business Conference from January 30 to February 1 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the premier supplier diversity networking event for small businesses. We had a great time networking with other small businesses and learning from industry experts.

    Since we know that everybody can’t make it to conferences, we’ve decided to share some key takeaways that should be helpful to anyone in government contracting. This blog focuses specifically on Donna Freitas’ session “Tailored Techniques for Winning Government Contracts” and includes resources for further learning. We found Freitas’ proposal writing tips helpful and hope you will too.

    Tailored Techniques for Winning Government Contracts – Jan 30, 2018
    Speaker: Donna Freitas, Vice President of Strategic Business Relations, Valiant Integrated Services

    Donna Freitas shared her insight into writing compelling, persuasive proposals. Some of her practical strategies include:

    Developing Clear Themes – When writing a proposal, focus on a few themes and make sure these themes are carried throughout the proposal. Themes can include hot buttons, goals, and differentiators (i.e. What makes you different than competitors).

    Rewriting your Executive Summary – Executive summaries are the most important part of the proposal. This is where you need to convince readers your proposal is worth reading. Freitas recommends rewriting the executive summary at different stages in a proposal’s lifecycle: at the beginning, middle, and end of the writing process. Two reasons for this are:

    1. As you develop a proposal, it changes. Rewriting the executive summary ensures that it will correspond with the body of the proposal.

    2. The executive summary helps you maintain a sense of where you’re at and where you’re going with your writing, similar to an outline.

    Communicating Directly with the Contracting Officer – If you want to partner with another business for a contract but aren’t sure where to start, ask the contracting officer. They might have some recommendations. This also allows you to establish or maintain a relationship with the contracting officer.

    Focusing on the Client, not Yourself – Customize your proposal as much as possible. You want to demonstrate that you understand and care about the client’s needs. When writing about your company’s capabilities always tie it in with the project and client.

    Breaking up Text with Visuals – Freitas emphasized that visuals don’t need to be photos. If there is a way to display information visually, do it. This could be with a table, graph, info-graphic, or flow chart. You can even break up text with pull-out quotes. Pull-out quotes allow you to also emphasize differentiators that readers might otherwise miss.

    Want More Help?
    Paid Resources:
    Shipley’s Foundations for Proposal Writing – Shipley’s method of proposal writing heavily influenced Donna Freitas’ presentation. If you found these tips helpful, you will get a lot out of Shipley’s course.

    Free Resources:
    Contracting Officer Podcast – This podcast covers a variety of government contracting topics, not just proposal writing. This is great if you’re too busy to read an article. Just download the podcast and listen in the car.

    SBA Online Training – This 30-minute video provides best practices and an overview of the proposal writing process – great for those new to writing proposals and those who want a refresher.

  11. Wall Breaking at Minot AFB, North Dakota

    We are excited to announce that we broke wall at Minot AFB yesterday, January 17, 2018. Mill Creek is working with United Excel on the 5th Medical Group’s modernization project at Minot AFB, North Dakota. The project is expected to be complete in fall of 2019.

    Staff Sergeant Willie Wright served as the master of ceremonies at the wall breaking. Group Commander Colonel Julie Ostrand presented an engraved golden sledge hammer to Facility Manager Mark Cory to honor his hard work and dedication to this project.

  12. Mill Creek Attends 2017 Arkansas Regional Industry Days Forum

    Mill Creek will be attending the 2017 Arkansas Regional Industry Days Forum on December 6 and 7, 2017. The forum will be held at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub located at 201 E. Broadway in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

    The event is for businesses interested in federal contracts and is open to all industries including supplies and services, construction, initial outfitting, architecture, and engineering.  Attendees will have the opportunity to network with the eight government agencies attending and other contracting businesses.

    Over the two days, attendees will engage in focus groups, training, presentations, and networking events. Training and presentations cover topics like joint ventures, proposals, and source selection.

  13. Prairie Band, LLC Acquires Mill Creek

    Mill Creek is excited to announce that the company has been acquired by Prairie Band, LLC, an economic development company wholly owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Jacob Wamego, President & CEO of Prairie Band, said: “We are delighted to make a substantial investment in an outstanding company with massive growth potential within the federal healthcare space.”

    Formed in 2010, Prairie Band has grown into a family of seven subsidiary companies including Mill Creek with commercial, federal, and local customers. Part of the economic development plan established by tribal leadership, the company’s purpose is to provide opportunity and prosperity to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. The company is headquartered on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation in northeast Kansas. This marks the third operating company in the Prairie Band portfolio of federal government contracting.

    Headquartered in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area, Mill Creek will continue to provide the highest quality medical facility Initial Outfitting, Transition, and Activation (IOT&A) to a variety of federal government customers.




  14. Mill Creek Charitable Contribution Benefits Local Foster Kids

    Mill Creek, in coordination with Campus Middle School in Greenwood Village, Colorado, recently participated in a charitable drive to benefit foster children. The donations provided comfort cases filled with needed supplies to local foster children. The school’s seventh-grade class split up into teams in a competition
    to provide the most “comfort cases.” Mill Creek supported a team that included Medical Equipment Planner Brad Pace’s son.

    The team’s goal was to collect 50 comfort cases filled with various supplies (i.e., books, socks, combs, lip balm, pens, pencils, lotion, blankets, shirts, soap and body wash, deodorant, facial cleanser, markers, small toys, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and anything else the students wanted to donate to personalize the packs).

    With Mill Creek’s support, the team collected more than 200 comfort cases and won the competition. Thank you to all who donated for your support of this worthy cause.