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Annual DOE Outreach Event Achieves Goals

July 10, 2002

The Department of Energy’s and its Prime Contractors Fourth Annual Small Business Conference, which was held in Orlando, Florida, May 19-22, 2002, was again a huge success, according to conference organizers. The event was sponsored by the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, and co-sponsored by Oak Ridge Operations Office and UT Battelle.

For the first time, the Department partnered with other Federal agencies to maximize the opportunities available to small businesses. Other partners included Department of Agriculture; Department of the Army; Department of Defense; Department of Health and Human Services; Department of Housing and Urban Development; Department of Interior; Department of State; Department of Transportation; Department of the Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; and the Small Business Administration.

This years theme was “Roadmap to Government Contracting: Equipping You for the Journey”, which reflects the effort to bring the various government agencies together for the benefit of both the agencies and the small business community. This concept was extremely well received and we hope to be able to continue the effort in future years. In addition to several panels, workshops and a variety of speakers, we are proud to say that we had 61 exhibit booths consisting of DOE program offices; field offices; M&O contractors; and most of the partnering agencies.

Under Secretary Robert Card served as the keynote speaker at the Secretarial Awards luncheon on May 20, where he expressed his interest and commitment for increasing opportunities for small businesses at the Department of Energy. Mr. Card, along with Theresa Speake, Director of Economic Impact and Diversity, presented the small business awards to those who excelled in providing small business opportunities during Fiscal Year 2001. Following is a listing of all awards presented:
•Program Office of the Year
•Head of Contracting Activity of the Year
•Management and Operating Contractor of the Year
•Small Business Subcategory Awards
•Mentor-Protege Awards
•Special Emphasis Awards
•Small Business of the Year Performance for FY 2001

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