Small businesses are key contributing forces to our economy, so much so that they generate about 50 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP). Or, think of it this way, half of all U.S. adults are either self-employed or work for businesses with fewer than five hundred employees.

Of the $243 million the Denver Service Center awarded in FY 2017, $122 went to small business and socioeconomic programs. In honor of small business week, we wanted to conduct a brief interview with one of our small business firms to get a little insight into their work with the DSC. We talked to Mario Rangel, President of Rangel Construction Company LLC of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Rangel Construction is working on the Mount Rushmore Studio and Residence project that includes rehabilitation work on the Historic Sculptor’s Studio and Historic Residence located at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. In 1939, this structure was built as a second on-site studio for sculptor Gutzon Borglum. Unique plaster models and worker tools related to the sculpting processes are displayed in this studio. The studio is targeted to re-open in the spring of 2019.

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