Source: Knoxville News Sentinel | Ed Marcum | March 18, 2016
The president of Knoxville-based Alliant Corp. has been picked by the U.S. Small Business Administration as one of 54 recipients nationwide of its Small Business Person of the Year award.
Terence Andrew Douglas said Friday that although he was tagged for the award, it is really about the many people who have made Alliant a success.
“To me, it is a recognition of the quality of work done by the people who work here,” he said. “It is a score card on the company and says we are doing some things right and need to keep doing them right.”
The Small Business Administration this week announced the awards, which honor recipients in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“These small business owners represent the best of the best, and showcase daily their entrepreneurial spirit and what it takes to be successful in today’s evolving and competitive business environment,” Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the Small Business Administration, said in a statement.
The winners have been invited to attend ceremonies May 1-2 in Washington, D.C., to receive their awards. Runners-up will also be recognized and the 2016 National Small Business Person of the Year will be named. May 1-7 is National Small Business Week.
Alliant was founded in 2000 by Douglas and Greg Galaher, who is now executive vice president. It is a CVE-verified service-disabled, veteran-owned business. Douglas spent 12 years in the Army, starting out commanding tanks then moving to helicopters.
The company is a consulting firm offering a range of services including project management, waste disposal, occupational safety and health, and others. A good deal of its work is with government clients, including the Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and others. Headquartered on Cedar Bluff Road, it employs 60 people and has satellite offices in Ohio, Kentucky and Canada.