“When federal contracts get into the hands of small businesses, it is a win-win for the federal government, small businesses, the economy and the job market,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills.

American_Flag_Curve_SmallWASHINGTON – Two women-owned small business contractors, one a general construction firm from New Mexico and the other a project management services company from Tennessee, have been named the National Prime Contractor of the Year and National Subcontractor of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The awards were announced at a breakfast event sponsored by Sage as part of the SBA’s National Small Business Week celebration.

The two small businesses were selected from among nine regional prime contractors and 10 regional subcontractors of the year. The awards honor small businesses that provide outstanding goods and services to the federal government as prime contractors or as subcontractors. This year’s winners are:

Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year: Founded in 1997, Denco, Inc. began as a two-person, home-based welding company that has since grown to become a general construction firm, woman-owned, small disadvantaged facility management and specialty construction company with 71 employees and more than $22 million in revenues. Denco will graduate from the 8(a) program in June. The company services federal, state and city clients throughout southern New Mexico. Its clients include the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, NASA, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Northrop Grumman, Toltest, Inc., New Mexico State University, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and Enterprise Advisory Services, Inc.

Small Business Subcontractor of the Year: Management Solutions LLC is a woman-owned project management services company specializing in project management/control services, project management training, construction management, information systems application/integration, process improvement, and cost estimating services. Since 2002, it has provided project management support to the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory for scientific, national security and infrastructure projects. Management Solutions supports 17 divisions of the laboratory. The company developed Oak Ridge’s project management system, its procedures, software solutions and trained Oak Ridge’s lab personnel. It has grown from three employees to 40 and from a contract valued at $8,000 to more than $18 million. It also holds subcontracts from the Department of Defense and various commercial firms.

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Source: Tiffani Clements | U.S. Small Business Administration