January 08, 2004
The awardee, ASRC Constructors Inc., headquartered in Barrow, Alaska, is an Alaskan Native corporation certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as an 8(a) contractor. Minority-owned small and disadvantaged businesses must be certified by SBA in order to qualify for the 8(a) business development program. ASCR will use the award for construction management services.
The Energy Department has issued a Small Business policy that fully supports the administration's Small Business Agenda. Additionally, Secretary Abraham, has taken specific measures to increase small business awards at DOE.
"I have directed all DOE offices to expand contract opportunities with small and disadvantaged businesses," Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said. "Reaching out to small and disadvantaged businesses will give small business owners the jump-start they need to create new jobs, support their workers, and improve our economy as called for in President Bush's Small Business Agenda."
Last year, the Bush administration initiated a Small Business Agenda committed to opening up federal contracting opportunities to small and disadvantaged businesses and to creating an environment where small businesses can flourish. Under the President's economic plan, small businesses will be able to devote more resources to developing products, growing businesses, and hiring more employees.
Small businesses represent
more than 99 percent of all employers, and employ more than half
the private work force. Close to 15 percent of America's small
business owners are minorities -- and the trend of minority ownership
is accelerating. Small businesses are providing job opportunities
for millions of Americans in thousands of communities across
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