For the first time, NASA's Stennis Space Center has received the agency's Small Business Administrator's Cup Award in recognition of its stellar small business program.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Small Business Programs Associate Administrator Glenn Delgado presented the fiscal year 2011 award to Stennis Director Patrick Scheuermann during an onsite visit April 20.
"It gives me great pleasure to present Stennis with the 2011 Small Business Administrator's Cup. I'm very proud of Stennis and all its employees, and the center's small business work that is going to continue to grow and be critical to our future," Bolden said.
The NASA Small Business Administrator's Cup Program annually recognizes the NASA center that has the best overall small business program. The award is sponsored by the NASA Office of Small Business Programs to honor successful and innovative practices that promote small business participation in NASA initiatives.
In 2011, Stennis showed improvement in contract awards to small businesses and conducted successful outreach events to engage small businesses.
"This is an exceptional honor for the Stennis family," Stennis Director Patrick Scheuermann said. "Credit goes to everyone involved in this important area, NASA small business specialists and their resident agency colleagues alike. We are committed to continuing in our partnership efforts to reach out to small businesses and involve them in the important and varied work at Stennis."
Scheuermann credited the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office and the Partners for Stennis for their coordination of outreach events to small businesses. "Their efforts are a key reason Stennis showed improvement in contract awards to small businesses last year," he said.
For information about the NASA Office of Small Business Programs, visit: www.osbp.nasa.gov .
For information about Stennis, visit: www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis .
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