Our Story

20 years of performance over profit

SBD Delivers - Tangible Value. Measurable Results.

Solutions By Design (SBD) is an award-winning technology leader driving digital transformation across the Federal government. Simply put, we help our clients evolve their capabilities to improve mission performance. We do this with our people, processes and technologies to deliver efficient, innovative and cost-effective solutions.  We encourage you to take a closer look at our advanced Cyber Security, Application Development, Cloud/Infrastructure and DevSecOps solutions.

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We Are DOERs


We Deliver

We honor our commitments and never fail our customers!


We Outperform

We strive to continually innovate and elevate our performance!


We are Ethical

We do what is right and fair and conduct ourselves with accountability, integrity, and honesty!


We are Respectful

We have humility and are considerate and professional in all our dealings!


We have Synergy

We harness the power of teamwork and collaboration in everything we do!

Two Decades of Value, Growth, and Commitment

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Commitment to Our Communities

SBD is committed to giving back to the community by financially aiding charitable institutions as well as donating our time to the community. We appreciate the opportunity to support those charities and foundations that touch our lives and those of our loved ones. We are constantly engaging our team members on causes that support our corporate values and are close to our hearts.

In 2020, we supported 21 food banks, contributed to 7 homeless shelters, and made charitable donations to 10 additional non-profits supporting those in need.

Commitment to Our Veterans

SBD appreciates the effort and sacrifice our Veterans have made for all of us.  As a Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Organization, and as part of our commitment to our Veteran community, SBD is a Veteran-friendly employer.

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SBD founders Cida and Clyde
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The SBD Story

A lot of people often ask: “What does the ‘II’ in Solutions By Design II mean? Where did that come from?”. Well, our story is fairly unique (at least we think so!). There’s even a bit of “rising from the ashes” aspect to our origins.

In a nutshell, Cida and I met in the late 80s while I worked at Price Waterhouse in São Paulo Brazil. We began working together at the original SBD in the 90’s. Back then, we were exclusively a Lotus Notes shop – eventually growing the business to become one of the most reputable Lotus Notes providers in the country.

A bunch of things happened along the way: the dot.com bubble burst, 9/11 happened, and an M&A transaction failed. You name it, we lived it! All the good and the bad. In December 2001, like the ancient Greek phoenix, SBD emerged from the fall out of those events, hence the origin of the 2 in our name. A few short years later, Cida acquired majority control of the business in the mid 2000s – setting the foundation for what and who SBD is today. Over time we evolved into a general IT service provider – eventually sharpening our focus into the areas of cyber security, application development, and cloud infrastructure.

We’ve built SBD around our principles of integrity and a steadfast commitment of delivering excellence to our customers. We focus on performance, not profits – knowing that if we take care of our customers and our employees, everything else will take care of itself. This delivery-oriented mentality led to the notion that everyone at SBD had to be a DOER: Deliver, Outperform, be Ethical, and Respectful. Based on these principals, SBD has matured into a highly successful federal government contractor with significant work at DHS/USCIS, HHS/CMS, and DOI as well as a number of other federal agencies.

Cida and I personally continue to embody these principals each and every day. That's our story!


2021 - Awarded BAE Cloud Architect and Cloud Engineering Contract

2021 - Awarded Security Operations Center and Forensics subcontract at Peace Corps

2021 - Recognized by WBJ as 13th Most-Diverse Midsize Business

2021 - Recognized as a Winner for the 2021 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards In Eight Categories

2021 – Launched USX Cyber LLC to provide innovative and cost saving MDR and SOCaaS solutions

2020Awarded G-CACS Cyber Security contract at DHS USCIS

2020Awarded CMASS Cyber Security contract at DHS USCIS

2020 – Awarded DHS USCIS SecOps (e.g., SOC Recompete) contract

2020Named by G2Xchange as 2020 NXT UP Company

2020 – Achieved CMMI for SVC ML3 for its IT Services Organization

2020Awarded HIOS Recompete Contract with CMS

2020 – Transitioned to 2018 version of ISO/IEC 20000-1 IT Service Management System

2019 – Awarded DHS USCIS IASS contract

2019 – Established AretecSBD JV

2019 – Opened office in Macon Georgia to provide End User Support to HUD

2019 – Received approval to partner with Aretec under the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program

2019 – Awarded Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certification

2018 – Launched SBD Solution and Innovation Center (SIC)

2018 – Reappraised for CMMI for DEV ML3 for its Systems Engineering and Software Development Organization

2017 – Received GSA MAS Contract Award

2017 – Transitioned to 2015 version of the ISO 9001 Quality Management System

2016 – Opened the Digital Services Hub in Fairfax to support HIOS and software engineering projects

2016 – Achieved ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 certification for IT Service Management System

2016 – Achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for Information Security Management System

2016 – Awarded CMS SPARC Contract

2016 – Awarded Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Health Insurance Oversight System (HIOS) Contract

2015 – Awarded U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Security Operations Center (SOC) Contract

2015 – Achieved CMMI for DEV ML3 for its Systems Engineering and Software Development Organization

2014 – Graduated from SBA 8(a) Program

2013 – Achieved ISO 9001:2008 company certification for our Quality Management System

2012 – Entered into Mentor Protégé with Booz Allen Hamilton

2012 – Achieved CMMI for DEV ML2

2011 – Received GSA 8(a) STARS II Award

2009 – Established Estrela Tech Joint Venture

2009 – Received Alliant Small Business Award

2006 – Formed SBD Alliant Joint Venture

2005 – Entered Small Business Administration (SBA) 8A Program

2001 – Launched SBD2

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