Pearl Harbor – The Navy’s Office of Small Business Programs awarded the Secretary’s Cup award to Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) for promoting acquisition opportunities for small businesses during a ceremony held at the Pentagon June 15.
Of 38,659 contracts awarded by NAVFAC last year, 25,296 went to small businesses. Additionally, NAVFAC exceeded all government-wide program goals and targets, with 44 percent of the total dollars awarded going to small businesses.
NAVFAC Pacific’s component commands including NAVFAC Hawaii and NAVFAC Marianas greatly contributed to this achievement.
“In 2011, NAVFAC Pacific awarded approximately $380 million to small businesses for work in Hawaii and Guam,” said Floria Pang, NAVFAC Pacific small business programs director. “Our component commands in Hawaii and Guam met and surpassed enterprise-wide goals for awarding contracts to small disadvantaged businesses, HUBZone small businesses, and veteran owned small businesses. This recognition is a great indication of the hard work and collaboration on behalf of the entire team.”
Small business outreach was another key factor in NAVFAC winning the award this year, as small business specialists and key acquisition personnel participated in 252 outreach events throughout the year, reaching more than 46,000 attendees worldwide.
NAVFAC Hawaii provided one-on-one counseling to a variety of small business companies on how to conduct business with the command. It continues to have a highly effective outreach program, and actively participates in outreach events including the 9th Annual Department of Defense Hawaii Small Business Forum in July 2011, where NAVFAC leadership participated on the speaking panel.
“This award reflects greatly upon NAVFAC’s commitment to supporting small business companies in Hawaii,” said NAVFAC Hawaii Deputy for Small Business Jennifer McGuire. “Locally, the command continues to build relationships with local small businesses, fostering opportunities for their growth while in support of the NAVFAC mission.”
In Guam, NAVFAC Marianas also maintains a very robust small business program and consistently ensures that all small businesses are given maximum practicable opportunities to participate in acquisitions.
“NAVFAC Marianas leadership, as well as the acquisition team, actively participate in numerous outreach efforts and are regularly called upon to speak at events sponsored by industry organizations such as the Guam Contractors Association, the Guam Chamber of Commerce, Society of American Engineers and various Rotary Clubs,” said Al Sampson, NAVFAC Marianas small business programs manager.
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