Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)

2013 Award Highlights

DoD photo by Brian Collins

Mr. André Gudger, Director, DoD Office of Small Business Programs, far right, with Small Business Directors and Program Managers for DoD Service Components, Defense, and Intelligence Agencies

Pictured (L-R) Brad Taylor, Mentor Protégé Program Manager/Subcontracting Program Manager, Department of the Navy, Office of Small Business Programs; Pamela Monroe, Assistant to the Director, Office of Small Business Programs Subcontracting and Mentor-Protégé Program Manager, Department of the Army; Sandra Broadnax, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA); Jim Higgins, Associate Director, Special Programs, Office of Small Business Programs, Directorate of Acquisition, National Security Agency (NSA); Scott Jackson, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, NSA; Scott Beckstrand, Assistant Director, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Small Business Programs, North Atlantic Division; Irene Katacinski, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division; Carol White, Deputy Director, Air Force Small Business Programs; André Gudger, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Department of Defense.

Eight DoD Mentor-Protégé Teams Honored During Annual Nunn-Perry Awards Ceremony

On May 15, the DoD Office of Small Business Programs honored eight DoD Mentor-Protégé teams with the 2013 Nunn-Perry Award.

 

The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program offers substantial assistance to small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses and Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUB zones) helping them to expand the overall base of their marketplace participation resulting in more jobs and increased national income. The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program assists small businesses (Protégés) to compete successfully for prime and subcontractor contract awards by partnering with large companies (Mentors) under individual, project-based agreements. DoD Mentor-Protégé Agreements have delivered a variety of products and services since its inception in 1991.

 

During the May 15 ceremony, successful DoD Mentor-Protégé teams were recognized with Nunn-Perry Awards for Protégé growth, Protégé development, value of technical assistance, program management, utilization of Historically Black Colleges and Universities /Minority Institutions (HBCU/MIs,) Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs,) or Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs.) Some Mentor-Protégé Program teams were provided assistance from colleges and universities and all teams had a DoD/IC Sponsor. According to the DoD Office of Small Business Programs website, “Successful Mentor-Protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the Protégé, the Mentor, and the DoD.”

 

Each year, the Nunn-Perry Award honors outstanding DoD Mentor-Protégé teams nationwide. All eligible nominations are reviewed and numerically scored by a review panel composed at the discretion of the DoD Director, Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP).

 

Following an introduction by Mr. Andre Gudger, Director, DoD OSBP, Keynote Speaker Mr. Kenneth M. Brennan, Deputy Director for Services Acquisition, Office of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP,) spoke congratulatory words to this year’s Nunn-Perry Award honorees.

 

For more information on DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program, Nunn-Perry Awards, or to view a list of the Fiscal Year 2013 Nunn-Perry Award winners, visit the DoD Office of Small Business Programs website.