HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The U.S Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville’s Office of Small Business Programs was recognized during the Society of American Military Engineer's Federal Small Business Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Nov. 17.
The Center won in four U.S Army Corps of Engineers’ small business categories top dollar awards for Fiscal 2021.
During the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said he was proud of all the work USACE has done to include small business in the mission.
“What a banner year we had in fiscal 2021--$7.5 billion in small business acquisition. That’s incredible,” Spellmon said. “We have to have every tool available and use effectively to deliver this (small business) program for the Corps, and today is about saying a formal ‘thank you.’”
Huntsville Center’s received recognition taking top awards in USACE for: District or Center Overall Highest Small Business Award by Dollar ($708 million); District or Center Overall Highest Small Disadvantaged Business Award by Dollar ($358 million); District or Center Overall Highest Woman Owned Small Business Award by Dollar ($137 million) and District or Center Overall Highest Small Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Award by Dollar ($110 million).
Rebecca Goodsell, Huntsville Center Office of Small Business Programs chief, said the awards show the willingness of Huntsville Center’s project delivery teams’ determination to include small business in projects across Huntsville Center’s portfolio.
“These awards reflect not just the OSBP’s team’s success, but also spotlight our dedication to small businesses,” she said.
Huntsville Center’s more than 1,000 employees manage nearly 3,000 ongoing projects at any given time. These projects fall into five portfolios: Medical, Facilities and Base Operations, Energy, Operational Technology, and Environmental. The portfolios comprise 43 program areas, as well as eight mandatory and six technical centers of expertise, and 17 centers of standardization.
“Huntsville Center is committed to involving small businesses, and many of the Center’s contracts require large contractors maximize opportunities for small businesses to participate as subcontractors,” Goodsell said.
The Center exceeded all its small business goals for fiscal year 2021, awarding 43 percent—over $700 million—of its total contracts to small businesses.
“Small business is the engine that powers America’s economic growth, and the Center’s small business policy focuses on maximizing attainable prime and subcontracting opportunities for small business firms from across the nation,” Goodsell said.
Huntsville Center’s Small Business Program team consists of Goodsell, Nicole Boone, Betty Guillott and Brandy Percell.