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Marta R. Metelko
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1642)

December 15, 2003
RELEASE : 03-410
NASA Voted One Of Best For Multi-Cultural Business Opportunities
NASA has been voted one of the top three government agencies for multicultural business opportunities by, one of the nation's leading multicultural business-to-business online portals. NASA followed the Small Business Administration and the Department of Defense in the annual on-line election by diversity business owners.

NASA awarded more 8(a) contract dollars to small disadvantaged businesses than any other civilian agency; subcontracted a higher percentage of its total contract dollars to small disadvantaged businesses than any other agency; and had the highest percentage growth of prime contract dollars to small businesses over the past decade than any other agency. NASA's contract dollars to women-owned small businesses is also at its highest level ever. represents more than 200,000 U.S. diversity-owned businesses in technology, manufacturing, food and professional services. conducts the voting for top government agencies and Top 50 Corporations (Div50) simultaneously. Wal-Mart was the winner of the Div50 vote, and major NASA prime contractor Lockheed Martin came in second. NASA prime contractors Northrop Grumman, Unisys, Computer Sciences Corporation and Raytheon also made the Div50 list.

The winning companies will be honored at an awards ceremony during the 4th Annual Multicultural Business Conference, March 17--19 in Mashantucket, Conn. A list of the winners is available on the Internet at:

For information about NASA and agency business programs on the Internet, visit:


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