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Alabama, Florida Firms Hailed as National Contractors of the Year During National Small Business Week.

Small Businesses, Corporate Leaders and Government Officials Honored

WASHINGTON -- Two small business contractors, one from Alabama and the other from Florida, were today named the National Prime Contractor of the Year and National Subcontractor of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration at a breakfast ceremony held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. as part of National Small Business Week.

The Small Business Prime Contractor and Small Business Subcontractor of the Year awards honor small businesses that have provided the government and industry with outstanding goods and services In economics, economic output is divided into physical goods and intangible services. Consumption of goods and services is assumed to produce utility (unless the "good" is a "bad"). It is often used when referring to a Goods and Services Tax.  either as prime contractors or as subcontractors. The recipients are:

* Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year, A.R. (Rey) Almodovar, cofounder co·found  
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 and chief executive officer of Intuitive Research and Technology Corp. of Huntsville, AL. This engineering firm provides management, technical and engineering services to the Department of Defense and to commercial industry. The small disadvantaged and 8(a)-certified business has contracts ranging from small 8(a) contracts to contracts in excess of $140 million with multiple subcontractors.

* Small Business Subcontractor of the Year, Susan Englander, president of EEI EEI Edison Electric Institute
EEI Estación Espacial Internacional (Spanish: International Space Station)
EEI Electrical and Electronics Institute (Thailand)
EEI Electro Energy, Inc.
 Manufacturing Services of Clearwater, FL. EEI, an 8(a) and HUBZone-certified firm, manufactures card assemblies and provides system integration for aerospace and ground support instrumentation, communications and simulation. It grew from a two-employee firm with $700,000 in gross sales annually to more than $7 million in revenues and 26 employees.

"Helping small businesses get their fair share of federal contracts is one of the most important responsibilities of the SBA SBA
abbr.
Small Business Administration

Noun 1. SBA - an independent agency of the United States government that protects the interests of small businesses and ensures that they receive a fair share of government
," said Administrator Karen G. Mills. "For a small company, these contracts can be that critical next step for establishing themselves in the marketplace, growing their businesses and creating jobs. And, at the same time, our federal agencies get the benefit of working with top-notch, creative and dedicated companies. It's a win-win for small business and the taxpayers.

"Today, we celebrate the outstanding achievements and endurance of small businesses, corporate leaders and government officials who are making significant contributions to the small business community and the nation's economy despite the challenging economic times we face," continued Administrator Mills.

The luncheon was sponsored by Raytheon.

Small business owners, corporate leaders, government officials and volunteers from across the country are in Washington, D.C. for the two-day conference to be honored during five major award events for their achievements as America's top entrepreneurs. The contracting awards recognize these businesses and organizations for their commitment to providing contracting and subcontracting opportunities to small, women-owned and small disadvantaged businesses.

Other federal contracting awards included:

Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, recognizing large prime contractors that have excelled in their use of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors. The recipients are:

* Jeff Wenaas, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Greeley, CO; (Construction Category).

* Dr. Sam Aronson, director, Brookhaven Science Associates, Brookhaven National Laboratory Brookhaven National Laboratory, scientific research center, at Upton (town of Brookhaven), Long Island, N.Y. It was founded in 1947 by Associated Universities, a management corporation sponsored by nine eastern U.S. universities.  of Upton, NY; (Research & Development Category).

* Randy Lycans, vice president, Jacobs Technology & ESTS ESTS Estates (US Postal service standard street suffix)
ESTS European Society of Thoracic Surgeons
ESTS Electronic Systems Test Set
ESTS Elementary Student Talent Search
ESTS Energy Science and Technology Software
 Group General Manager of Huntsville, AL; (Services Category)

* Gloria D. Mencer, program manager, Socioeconomic Programs Office, B&W Technical Services Y-12, LLC of Oak Ridge, TN; (Manufacturing Category).

Frances Perkins Vanguard Award, honoring government and industry for excellence in the use of women-owned small businesses as prime contractors and subcontractors.

The recipient is:

* William Thornton III, manager of Procurement Operations, BWXT BWXT BWX Technologies  LLC Y-12, Y-12 National Security Complex The Y-12 National Security Complex is a United States Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration facility located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, near the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  of Oak Ridge, TN.

Surety Bond Award, honoring a surety company for the support it provides to small contractors who need help securing bid and performance bonds. The recipients are:

* Bill King, President and Bob Cave, executive VP and chief underwriting officer, SureTec Insurance Company of Houston, TX.

Small Business Week featured a series of forums on Energy (Going Green), Business Financing and Social Media, designed to help entrepreneurs with current, real-world issues that impact their businesses. There was also a townhall forum to discuss small business concerns.

For additional details on Small Business Week 2009, including a full schedule of events and information on all award winners, visit http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/.

The U.S. Small Business Administration thanks the cosponsors of National Small Business Week and related events:

SCORE, Sam's Club, Symantec Corporation , Ford , Raytheon, Administaff, Visa, Sage, IBM, HP, Trend Micro, Lockheed Martin, Verio, Moran Media Group, D&B, Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC ASBDC Association of Small Business Development Centers
ASBDC Arkansas Small Business Development Center
ASBDC Alabama Small Business Development Consortium
), National Association of Development Companies (NADCO NADCO National Association of Development Companies
NADCO National Directorate Commodore
), National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL), National Small Business Association (NSBA NSBA National School Boards Association
NSBA National Small Business Association
NSBA Nebraska State Bar Association
NSBA National Snaffle Bit Association
NSBA National Steel Bridge Alliance
NSBA North Saskatoon Business Association (Canada) 
), Small Business Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC SBEC State Board for Educator Certification (Texas)
SBEC Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
SBEC Small Business Enterprise Centre
SBEC Single Board Engine Controller (automotive engine computer) 
), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP WIPP Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
WIPP Women Impacting Public Policy
WIPP Waste Isolation Pilot Project
WiPP Working in Partnership Programme (UK; NHS General Medical Services)
WIPP Wireless Internet Protocol Partnership
), and National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE NASE National Association for the Self-Employed
NASE National Association for Self-Esteem
NASE National Academy of Scuba Educators
NASE National Association of School Executives
NASE Nonacoustic Submarine Effects
)

The U.S. Small Business Administration's participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor's, donor's, grantee's, contractor's or participant's opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting sbw@sba.gov. Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2009

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