However, n2Grate's Halligan said he sees a silver lining to the situation in that if his company can remain viable in a difficult marketplace, it can pick up some incredible talent as other companies fold.
"There's going to be many commercial/contract layoffs of those whose primary business is government. We know they're coming. There's some challenging times ahead," Halligan said. "We're optimistic, we need to adjust and look for the best talent to come join us. I would prefer it to be growth everywhere across the board, but we need to be aware of market conditions, and now we have an opportunity to grow and pick up good talent."
Halligan said his company has been working in overdrive to keep up during the shutdown, with one employee clocking 86 hours last week, 46 above what is allowed on the government contract. He said his company has no choice but to accelerate what they are doing.
Other companies aren't so lucky, as their contracts were shut down along with the government. V3Gate does 95 percent of its business on government contracts, and Department of Homeland Security Account Manager Bree Poland, who manages V3Gate's DHS business and has had her contract frozen, said that means 95 percent of V3Gate's business is now put on hold. Meetings have been cancelled, and Poland said she is just waiting for a phone call or an email that says she can get back to work.
Poland said it is tricky to shift the government-dedicated company more toward healthcare or education services because the relationships don't already exist there. She said her company, in the meantime, is just hoping this whole situation gets resolved quickly and everyone can get back to work.
"We're hoping that this gets resolved soon and there won't be an issue," Poland said. "I thought that people would come together and find something and I still hope that it won't be longer than this week."
PUBLISHED Oct. 2, 2013