Dave Guerra has landed contracts and subcontracts all across the country in the four years since he started Puente Technology LLC, a 15-employee construction and IT company, including the Pentagon, Andrews Air Force Base and Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Ohio — in part thanks to federal incentive programs for veteran-owned businesses that helped him leverage his existing ties to those communities.

Whether you’re cleaning the head on a ship or you’re welding a new structure, you’ve got to give 110 percent.

Now, as Maryland’s package of veteran-centric programs take root, the former Navy diver is sensing the beginning of a sea of change in the willingness of state agencies and large companies to search out small, veteran-owned businesses such as his.

Puente Technology was a part of the state contract for bringing fiber-optic cable to rural areas and is now working on a $40,000 piece of a $5 million renovation of the Dundalk Marine Terminal.

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