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ITT Exelis Selected as SBA 2012 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award Winner

Newsletter Date: April, 2012


ITT Exelis Selected as SBA 2012 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award Winner

DENVER--ITT Exelis, Information Systems division headquartered in Herndon, Virginia with offices in Colorado Springs, CO was recently selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as the national winner of the 2012 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, Research and Development.  This award recognizes large prime contractors who have excelled in their utilization of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors.

“Over the past 10 years, the Exelis Information Systems team has consistently demonstrated a commitment to support small business subcontracting and mentoring,” said Dan Hannaher, SBA Region VIII Administrator. “Exelis represents how corporate America can effectively partner with small business to match their customer’s demands with quality products and services.”

The company’s Small Business Subcontracting Program includes policies, procedures, and incentives that resulted in over $203.8 million in small business contracts in GFY11 and has averaged $1.2 billion in the last five years.  Also, since 2009, the SBA and the Defense Contract Management Agency have recognized the company’s Small Business Subcontracting Program with the highest possible rating of ‘Outstanding’.

“Our small business partners are fantastic,” said Diana Choffy, Exelis small business liaison officer.  “We work with them to create quality subcontracting plans to satisfy our customers’ needs with the added benefit of supporting the broader growth and prosperity of small businesses.  Teamwork within the firm and partnering with small business is a requirement for all of us.”

Exelis is also an active participant in the federal government’s Mentor- Protégé Program with several agencies that match small 8(a) firms with technical and financial assistance to enhance their skills and increase contracting opportunities. To date, Exelis protégés have received $13.2 million in subcontracts. Program managers, finance, contracts and business development leads provide assistance, instruction and guidance on individual bases to the protégés.  This assistance has enhanced the protégés skill levels so that they can compete for significant work on their own and increase their participation with significant roles for future projects.

National Small Business Week recognizes outstanding small business owners and advocates for their achievements and contributions to the nation’s economic and social vitality.  Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of Small Business Week.
SBA Administrator Karen Mills will honor Exelis during the official National Small Business Week award ceremony in Washington DC, scheduled for May 20-22.  The awards will include the following individuals and organizations:
•           The National Small Business Person of the Year, selected from the State Small Business Persons of the Year.    
•           The Champion Awards, recognizing both individuals and organizations for their achievements on behalf of small business, including minority, women and veteran-owned small businesses.
•           The Phoenix Awards, recognizing a public official, a business owner and a volunteer whose efforts have helped their businesses or communities recover successfully from a disaster.
•           The Lenders of the Year, honoring financial institutions, including those that provide financing for small business exporters and inner city businesses.
•           The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, recognizing large prime contractors who have excelled in their utilization of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors.
•           Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and the National SCORE Chapter of the Year for their innovation and excellence in assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses, plus awards for SCORE, SBDC and Women’s Business Center counselors of the year. 
•           The Gold Star Award, recognizing exemplary performance of federal staff who manage the aggressive goals and strategic initiatives that help ensure a role for small business in the federal marketplace.
•           The Frances Perkins Vanguard Award, honors federal government agencies and industry for their excellence in the use of women-owned small businesses as prime contractors and subcontractors.
Others can be found at the National Small Business Week website at:

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