Antares helps sponsor Capital Area United Way Food Boxes

The Antares team is pleased to support the Capital Area United Way’s (CAUW) Women United in helping those who have been affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.  CAUW’s initiative, United We Feed and Women United have partnered with The Life of a Single Mom to provide produce boxes and grocery store gift cards to at-risk moms in our area.

As we have all seen during this pandemic, access to some supplies and especially fresh fruits and vegetables is limited.  Children are not in school and summer programs are limited if available at all so many families are not eating healthy foods.  Eating fruits and vegetables every day helps children and teenagers grow and develop, boosts their vitality and can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.

The CAUW has already held some distributions of these produce boxes, but this project is specifically targeted toward single mothers and their children. The idea of giving them a grocery gift card is to assist with other necessities as well.

The Fresh Produce Boxes are a great way to support our community in need:

  • This is a project organized by a national partnership of fresh produce companies to bring boxes of fresh produce to individuals and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. By partnering with Capital Area United Way women identified by The Life of a Single Mom will be eligible to take home fresh product to help feed their family for a week
  • Each box is filled with nutritious and easy to use fruits and vegetables donated by top tier suppliers such as Driscoll’s, Taylor Farms, and Sunkist. The roughly 15-25 pound box can feed a family of 4 for up to a week
  • Distributor partners repack fresh produce into take-home boxes and deliver them to the recipients at a central location so they can easily pick up the box and bring them home.  In special cases, Women United & other individuals are working to help deliver if boxes if needed
  • Recipes, 211 and other local resources will be included with box

Antares is proud to help sponsor this meaningful project.  If you would like to participate and support our Capital Area United Way with their United We Feed program please visit their website to learn more or donate – WWW.CAUW.ORG/FRESHFOOD



Antares Recognized Fifth Year in a Row as Microsoft Silver Partner

For Immediate Release – 

Antares Again Earns Silver Certification in Application Development


Baton Rouge, LA – Antares Technology Solutions, a Louisiana based software development and information technology consulting company is proud to announce it has again been recognized as a Microsoft Silver Partner with a competency in Application Development.  Antares has been an active member of the Microsoft Partner program since 1996.

Antares has had a long history and proven track record of providing quality software solutions and services to our clients.  “This certification enhances the level of trust our customers place in our abilities delivering cloud-based solutions using Microsoft technologies” explains Ralph Melian, Antares president and CEO.  He added, “With the Microsoft Silver Certification, Antares continues to deliver solutions that provide increased business value for our customers.  We are very pleased at this recognition for our team and look forward to provide our customers the benefit of our rich set of capabilities.”

As a Microsoft Silver Partner, Antares gains the benefit of increased access to early product releases and advanced training and support, which allow Antares to deliver superior offerings to its customers and gain competitive advantage.   According to Microsoft guidelines for Silver certification, achieving Silver Partner status for a Microsoft competency means that a Microsoft Partner has “demonstrated consistent capability, expertise and commitment” in a given area or areas of that product.  As part of the requirements process, Antares had to provide project and customer references as well as team members achieving exam certifications.

About Antares Technology Solutions

Antares is a leading software development and information technology consulting company celebrating more than 32 years of providing quality software solutions to its clients.  Our vision is to be a trusted partner for our clients by delivering superior software-based business solutions that help our customers increase their competitive advantage and grow their businesses.  Our solution offerings include:  Custom software development – Cloud, Web, Mobile apps, client/server and database development, Embedded / Dedicated project teams. With offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Antares has provided software strategy, design, development, and support to customers ranging from government and Fortune 500 companies to small- and mid-sized businesses in various industries.



Verigan Presented with Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award



Mr. Verigan has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of technology


METAIRIE, LA, April 09, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Terrence F. Verigan with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Verigan celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Verigan has served the Louisiana and national business communities in various technology-driven enterprises, such as Xerox Corp., AT&T and Windstream. Considered an expert in his field, he has focused his efforts on meeting the needs of his clients while also building and training efficient projects and sales teams. Mr. Verigan has excelled as the executive vice president of Antares Technology Solutions since 2018. A software company in Metairie, the company’s mission is to leverage technology to create value and efficiencies with a focus on quality processes and solutions for clients while nurturing professional growth of their employees.

Mr. Verigan is also a partnership liaison of the University of New Orleans (UNO) and the president and co-owner of Enterprise Information Systems, LLC, a regional, woman-owned technology consulting firm based in New Orleans. In addition to his full-time commitments, he consults with the president and members of the president’s cabinet at UNO regarding business development opportunities and educational programs for federal agencies and corporate partners. Some of Mr. Verigan’s other noteworthy roles during his career have included the vice president and a member of the board of directors for the Association of Information Technology Professionals and as the executive vice president of the technology consulting firm Carrollton Enterprise Services in New Orleans.

Most notably, Mr. Verigan was active as the vice president of CompuCure Inc. from 2007 to 2015. A New Orleans-based consulting firm that provides strategic information technology solutions to government agencies and private corporations, he was recruited by the company shortly after Hurricane Katrina and has helped to grow the business from $300,000 in annual revenues to $5 million in just three years. CompuCure was later recognized as the top woman small-business contractor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A community leader for many years, Mr. Verigan has been aligned with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival as a member of the board of directors since 2004. He is also a treasurer and a member of the aforementioned festival’s executive committee. An annual five-day literary festival in the city of New Orleans, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is dedicated to American playwright Tennessee Williams, who lived and worked in the city and later won a Pulitzer Prize.

Mr. Verigan has also held various administrative positions on public and private boards, including the board of directors of the Press Club of New Orleans, the Greater New Orleans Federal Credit Union, the University of New Orleans International Alumni Association and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. In 2016, he was appointed as the treasurer and a member of the executive committee of Core Element, a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of materials and methods for teachers engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the schools and the presentation of robotics and programing camps for students for two months each summer. Mr. Verigan initially graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts in English and education in 1971 before completing postgraduate coursework on campus, as well as additional studies in civic and business law at Loyola University.

Renowned for his exemplary work, Mr. Verigan has been the subject of interviews and was invited as a keynote speaker at the 2013 FAA Leadership Symposium. Following a meeting with the editor-in-chief of Nextgov.com in Washington during the 2013 federal government shutdown, he was asked to write an article describing his experiences as a small-business federal contractor during the shutdown, titled “Reflections on 2013, the Year That Nearly Killed One Small Federal IT Firm” and published in 2013. The recipient of several accolades, he was honored as the Community Leader of the Year by the University of New Orleans in 1981 and One of 82 People to Watch in ’82 by New Orleans Magazine in January 1982. He was later the recipient of the prestigious Pelican Award from the Louisiana Hospital Association’s Society for Hospital Public Relations and Marketing in 2000. A celebrated Marquis listee, Mr. Verigan has been included in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.

About Marquis Who’s Who®
Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who’s Who in America®, Marquis Who’s Who® has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who’s Who in America® remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis® now publishes many Who’s Who titles, including Who’s Who in America®, Who’s Who in the World®, Who’s Who in American Law®, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare®, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering®, and Who’s Who in Asia®. Marquis® publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who’s Who® website at www.marquiswhoswho.com.



Antares CEO, Ralph Melian in City Business News


Ralph Melian thought he was ahead of the game when he applied for a Paycheck Protection Program loan on April 3, the first day the $349 billion initiative began accepting applications.

After gathering the necessary documentation, Melian said his application for Metairie-based Antares Technology Solutions was submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration by his regional bank on April 13. But the PPP ran out of funding three days later, leaving him still waiting.

“I felt like I did have my ducks in a row,” said Melian, president and CEO of Antares. “I was right at the beginning of the line, constantly making sure I had everything done and double-checking and triple-checking. I don’t know what the criteria is for the SBA processing these applications. I know a lot of other business owners who have gotten funded already, and they all applied after I did.”

Melian and many others are now waiting on Congress, which has been moving quickly to approve a new $483 billion coronavirus stimulus package that adds over $300 billion to the PPP.

The program provides eight weeks of forgivable cash flow through 100% federally guaranteed loans to cover payroll, salaries, rent, utilities and other debt obligations. Banks are in charge of processing applications with the SBA, approving loans and distributing money to customers.

The Senate approved the new stimulus package Tuesday and the House planned a vote on Thursday. It has the support of the Trump administration as well.

At the time it was rolled out, the expectation was that business owners could go to their lender, apply for a loan and get funding the same day. But many business owners weren’t even able to apply in the first round due to their banks not having a digital process in place quickly enough, as was the case with Capital One Bank.

With the program on hold until more funding is added, some banks have paused the application process, while others are still accepting them.

Ron Samford, president and CEO of Metairie Bank, said his bank and many others had applications they had not yet processed when the funds were exhausted.

“Those applications will be processed first when the new legislation is authorized and the new funds become available,” said Samford, whose bank has funded 90% of the $37.5 million in loans that have been approved.

“We’ll then process all the applications we’ve received since the first pool closed,” he added.

Banks have 10 calendar days from the date of SBA approval to close and fund the loans.

Brian Lozes, founder and CEO of Kenemagic, a Metairie-based software company, found success in the initial round of the PPP.

After consulting with his attorney, talking to some accounting groups and viewing a local webinar explaining the program, Lozes said he filled out an application with Chase Bank. He needed to update it the next day since it had some incorrect information, like the wrong contact person in the wrong field, he said.

“We got our funding a day later,” he said. “It was pretty quick.”

Lozes said he believes being an existing client with the bank helped, and added that “the trick was to follow the paperwork very clearly and consistently in its intents.”

“The program was definitely a short-term uplift for our company, no doubt about it,” he said of his 22-employee business, which has pivoted from producing technology geared to industrial groups to helping all companies as they consider working remotely.

“I hope the next round moves quickly,” he said. “Every day that money hasn’t made its way to businesses, it’s a lost opportunity for someone else.”

Melian said he’s had no more success with the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which offers non-forgivable loans of up to $2 million at lower interest rates. After applying in mid-March, the program’s guidelines were changed several times, so he kept applying. He hasn’t heard anything in three weeks, he said.

He’s looking into other options, including a Louisiana-led loan program for small businesses, while waiting to see if his PPP application pans out.

Melian hasn’t had to lay off any of his 16 employees and doesn’t expect to, but worries how he’ll cover expenses as clients delay payments.

“I’m hoping that if I do all these (loan applications), hopefully one of them will hit so I can have at least some comfort in the future,” he said.



Antares awarded GSA MAS Schedule 70 Contract

Antares Technology Solutions, an award-winning provider of custom software development and IT consulting services, is pleased to announce it has been awarded an IT 70 Federal Supply Schedule contract by the General Services Administration (GSA).   IT Schedule 70 is the largest and most widely used acquisition vehicle in the federal government and is considered a preferred procurement source for technical products and services. Under this new certification, federal, state, and local government agencies can access Antares’ services on GSA Advantage!®, the government’s electronic online ordering system.

The contract, a Multiple Award 70 Schedule (MAS) contract, # 47QTCA20D002W, has a base period of five years with options for extensions and is a highly coveted and evaluated award. It certifies the capabilities and past performance record of Antares and adds it to a pre-approved list of companies for federal purchases. The IT 70 Schedule ensures that government agencies receive high quality, cost-effective professional services while simplifying the procurement process to speed delivery.

“Antares is very excited to receive this long-term contract from GSA,” said Ralph Melian, President and CEO. “As a small business with a long history of delivering quality software solutions, this award presents a tremendous opportunity for Antares to now serve federal agency customers along with our corporate and state government clients. It’s an important part of our future growth strategy and we look forward to building strong relationships with agencies as a dedicated small business partner to help them achieve their software goals.”

Federal, State, and local government agencies can obtain information about Antares’ GSA Schedule 70 contract services on the GSA Advantage web site at: www.gsaadvantage.gov or by contacting Antares Technology Solutions at 800-366-8807.





Antares to Sponsor GeauxHack

Know a student who is interested in technology? Antares is proud to again be a supporter of this year’s 2nd Annual GeauxHack, an IT competition for high school students. This year’s theme is the “Fix is on!  This means kids will be challenged to find a problem at their school and develop an app or website to address.

GeauxHack is put on by the EBR Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC).  CTEC is a regional training provider for high school students in high demand, high wage occupations in the Capital Region by providing rigorous, project-based instruction and dual enrolled credit towards an Associate Degree while in high school.


February 21, 2020

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