Recent News
Tarpan Construction HubZone Certified
May 22, 2018
On May 21, 2018 SBA welcomed Tarpan Construction, LLC. as a member of their HubZone Program.  Tarpan owner, Trudy Poret, worked on preparing and submitting the application.  The government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses in historically underutilized business zones. It also gives preferential consideration to those businesses in full and open competition. Joining the HUBZone program makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts. HUBZone-certified businesses also get a 10 percent price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions. HUBZone-certified businesses can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs they qualify for.

The newly received HubZone certification is expected to be used by Tarpan to continue its steady and positive growth and to further expand their defense and non-defense Federal government marketplace, with special emphasis on the various Federal government agencies in Louisiana and surrounding areas.
Contract Award and NTP for USACE Project MRL 416-R
November 14, 2017
On August 14th, Tarpan signed the contract for the Flood Control, Mississippi River and Tributaries West Bank Mississippi River Levees Bayou Vidal Levee Enlargement Project MRL 416-R. Our client is the US Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District.   Principal features of the work include mobilization and demobilization, clearing and grubbing, semi-compacted levee embankment, ramps, semicompacted berm embankment, un-compacted berm embankment, removing and replacing existing gravel surfacing, crushed stone surfacing, mowing, turfing, erosion control matting, cattle guards, storm water pollution prevention and environmental protection.  This project is a great fit for Tarpan because of the scope of work, location, size and timing. We received NTP on November 1, 2017.  We mobilized to the site on November 8th and started the clearing and grubbing operations. We are confident this will be a successful project for Tarpan and the USACE.
LED Small and Emerging Business of the Year: TARPAN CONSTRUCTION, LLC
May 03, 2017
On May 3, 2017 at a private ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge, Tarpan Construction was honored as the 2017 Small & Emerging Business of the Year. The award was presented by Mr. John Matthews with Louisiana Economic Development. Trudy Poret, Owner of Tarpan Construction accepted the award. Use the link below to see the official announcement from LED:
Featured Case Study with Louisiana Economic Development
April 20, 2016

Tarpan Construction was recently selected as a Case Study for LED.  Below is the link to the featured study.

Tarpan becomes member of MVAGC
August 26, 2015
On August 26, 2015 Tarpan Construction became a member of the The Mississippi Valley Branch of the Associated General Contractors of America.  We are very excited to be a member of this outstanding organization.
The Mississippi Valley Branch of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) traces its beginnings to March 1925 when a group of levee contractors met in Memphis, Tennessee and formed a levee division within the Memphis Chapter of AGC. The levee division remained actively affiliated with the Memphis Chapter until June 1, 1928 when AGC officially chartered the levee division as the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Branch.
The mission of Mississippi Valley AGC is uniquely focused on federal flood control and navigation work on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. It is the only AGC Chapter that shares geographical jurisdiction with the AGC chapters of other states, the ten states bordering the Mississippi River. The key to its long success is the dedication and active involvement of its membership with its Federal Agency Partners - the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  AGC works with Congress and the White House to ensure that laws and regulations enhance (but not limit) your business operations.  AGC serves as your company’s eyes and ears in the policy arena alerting you to any activity that may impede your ability to do business, giving you the tools to take action and make a difference.
Tarpan Construction 8a Certified
April 27, 2015
On March 23, 2015 SBA welcomed Tarpan Construction, LLC. as a member of their 8a Program.  Tarpan owner, Trudy Poret, worked relentlessly on preparing and submitting the 8a application.  The process from start to finish took approximately 14 months.  The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. The 8(a) Program is an essential instrument for helping socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society. The program helps thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs to gain a foothold in government contracting. Participation in the program is divided into two phases over nine years: a four-year developmental stage and a five-year transition stage.  Participants can receive sole-source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing.

The newly received 8(a) certification is expected to be used by Tarpan to continue its steady and positive growth and to further expand their defense and non-defense Federal government marketplace, with special emphasis on the various Federal government agencies in Louisiana and surrounding areas.
Contract Award for Black Bayou Project
January 12, 2015
On January 8, 2015, Tarpan Construction LLC was awarded the CS-29 Black Bayou Culvert Hydrologic Restoration Project.  The project is located in southern Calcasieu Parish at the intersection of Louisiana Hwy 384 and Black Bayou, adjacent to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW). This project consists of performing various maintenance activities to the existing structure, as well as installing two steel sheet pile walls in the immediate vicinity of the existing concrete culvert structure in an effort to prevent saline water from traveling east of Louisiana Highway 384. In recent years, the Black Bayou Culvert Structure has been significantly undermined, resulting in a loss of structural support from the soil. As a result, the project will also include foundation strengthening, or underpinning, in an effort to increase the foundation support capacity. This construction effort will require the project site to be dewatered for an extended duration to allow for the underpinning and maintenance activities to be completed.  The project is scheduled to start on or around March 2, 2015. 
May 22, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2014) – Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) applauds action by the House of Representatives to improve the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program, helping women entrepreneurs access the federal market. Earlier today, the House of Representatives voted 325 to 98 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 4435), which included a provision authorizing sole-source contracts in the WOSB procurement program. The amendment was added to the annual defense spending bill by Representative Speier who has championed improvements to the program and broader initiatives supporting women entrepreneurs. The WOSB procurement program, officially launched in 2011, is a critical gateway into the world of government contracting for women entrepreneurs nationwide. Since its inception, the WOSB procurement program has been hampered by restrictions on the size and type of contracts awarded. All other major small business contracting programs have sole-source authority, however the WOSB procurement program does not have it. This amendment fixes that inequity. Representative Speier’s amendment also expedites a disparity study by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which identifies under-represented industries for participation in the WOSB procurement program. Supporters have noted that the study is critical to expanding the program to more industries where the program is needed. The study was originally required by 2018—more than eleven years after the last study—but would be accelerated to 2015. “We are very grateful to Rep. Speier for her leadership and for improving access to the federal sector for the nearly 8 million women business owners nationwide. The WOSB program is critical to the growth and success of many WIPP members and to women business owners across the country. I am optimistic that these changes will help the government reach and exceed, for the first time, its 5% contracting goal,” commented Barbara Kasoff, president of Women Impacting Public Policy. This victory was made possible with support from a broad coalition of women’s business and small business organizations that supported the amendment. The next step is passage in the Senate. Supporters of the WOSB procurement program in the Senate are actively working to include similar language in the Senate version of the FY15 NDAA, S. 2289. About WIPP: WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization advocating on behalf of its coalition of 4.7 million businesswomen including 75 business organizations. WIPP identifies important trends and opportunities and provides a collaborative model for the public and private sectors to increase the economic power of women-owned businesses. For more information, please visit ###
Tarpan wins two national awards from the NWBOC
May 08, 2014
Tarpan Construction, LLC receives two awards at National Women Business Owners Corporation Decades of Excellence II conference; Unique award program recognizes certified women business owners for outstanding achievements
Lake Park, FLA: (May 15, 2014):

Tarpan Construction, LLC, Cottonport, LA, has been honored with two 2014 NWBOC Eclipse Awards, according to Janet Harris-Lange, President, National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC), the predominate certifier of woman-owned businesses in the United States. Trudy R. Poret, owner of Tarpan Construction, accepted a Gold 2014 Eclipse Intrepid Award which recognizes merging companies (3 years or younger) that have taken a fearless and brave stance in business, creating exceptional growth, experiencing outstanding success and differentiating themselves in the marketplace. She also received a Bronze 2014 Award Eclipse Award for Exceptional Certification Utilization, recognizing a company for outstanding usage of their WBE, WOSB, or EDWOSB certifications. Utilizing these certifications has resulted in significantly growing the business.

NWBOC Eclipse Awards honorees were announced Thursday evening, May 8, 2014, at the organization’s Decades of Excellence II awards gala at PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. During the evening’s ceremonies, Eclipse awards were presented to a diverse group of women entrepreneurs selected by an esteemed panel of judges. The award program was created by NWBOC to recognize, reward and celebrate the exceptional achievements of certified women business owners, according to Harris-Lange. Founded in 1995, National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) leads the way as the nation's first national WBE certifiers. The goal of NWBOC is to increase competition for corporate and government contracts through implementation of a national certification program for women business owners. NWBOC is located at 1001 W. Jasmine Drive, #G, Lake Park, Florida 33403. The web address is For more information about NWBOC or the Eclipse Award Program, contact Janet Harris-Lange, President, (800) 675-5066 or

Tarpan receives Safety Award from MVAGC
March 07, 2014
In late February, The First Annual Mississippi Valley Construction Roundtable was held in Jackson Mississippi. A Safety Awards luncheon took place which the Corps recognized several projects with outstanding safety performance and the MVAGC recognized the prime contractors on those projects. Tarpan was the recipient of the Small Business Safety Award for the MRGO, Lake Borgne Wetland Creation and Shoreline Protection project. The award was presented by Mr. Tim Orr, MVAGC Branch President and Col. Richard Hansen of the New Orleans District. Trudy Poret was there to accept the award for Tarpan.