In early 2002, a local IT company looking for a Native American partnership approached the Cedar Band of Paiutes. The Band researched the opportunity … but the company went out of business. Still compelled at the possibility of joining a burgeoning industry, the Band soon after created Suh’dutsing Technologies(SDT), the first company of Cedar Band Corporation (CBC).
Suh’dutsing Technologies obtained help through the state of Utah and formed a Mentor-Protégé partnership, receiving a $3,400 grant from Southern Utah University (SUU) Rural Development for marketing and $4,000 cash start-up money from the tribe.
Immediately, key staff marketed Suh’dutsing Technologies in October of 2003 by knocking on the doors of federal agencies and IT companies in Washington D.C.
At the March 2004 Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Conference, Suh’dutsing Technologies conducted a presentation in front of about 20 representatives from various federal agencies.
From that presentation, Suh’dutsing Technologies landed their first contract: An Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) with the Department of the Interior (DOI).
This was the contract that jump-started our success.
That September, SDT staff started putting hardware and software equipment task orders against the IDIQ contract.
From our modest beginnings as a single IT company with one contract, CBC today includes not only Suh’dutsing Technologies, but three other branded companies: Suh’dutsing Telecom, Suh’dutsing Staffing Services, and Suh’dutsing & Tikigaq (S&T) Services.
Headquartered in Cedar City, Utah—and regional offices in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Ohio—these four enterprises employ over 160 employees with total revenue of over $53 million in fiscal year 2010. The CBC family of companies has filled critical needs in a variety of service areas, with a focus on helping clients achieve profitability and growth by improving their ability to understand and manage their customers and partners.
Working with CBC benefits an entire tribal community. Profits from CBC operations are “plowed back” into the tribal community, producing employment opportunities and fostering support for socioeconomic programs.