Mentor-protÃ©gÃ© relationship continues to receive federal accolades
BES Technologies LLC recently received the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year award.
BES Technologies LLC, or BEST, isÂ a serviceâ€‘disabled, veteranâ€‘owned small business in its fourth year as a protÃ©gÃ© to Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, or CNS.
CNS and the Y-12 National Security Complex were recognized at last yearâ€™s awards ceremony as DOEâ€™s Small Business Mentor of the Year for developmental assistance with BEST under the DOE Mentor-ProtÃ©gÃ© Program.
This year, it was time for the mentor to shine the spotlight on its protÃ©gÃ© by nominating them for this DOE distinction and prestigious award. The resulting award confirms CNSâ€™s glowing assessment that BEST truly lives up to its name, a press release said.
â€œThis is what you hope for,â€ said Small Business Program Manager Lisa Copeland. â€œThe purpose of our mentor-protÃ©gÃ© relationship is to give a small company a chance to strengthen its business and interact with some of our contacts. BEST has taken every opportunity to build on this relationship so that at the end of the program term, BEST will have a stronger operation and a solid customer base.â€
Through the Mentor-ProtÃ©gÃ© Program, CNS helped BEST achieve NQAâ€‘1 compliant supplier status, which makes them more marketable, not only for Yâ€‘12, but for opportunities at other federal sites and in the commercial sector. BEST now performs both radiological and nonâ€‘radiological laundry cleaning services for Yâ€‘12, as well as three other federal customers, the press release said.
Achieving this status required a tremendous commitment from the small business, said Copeland, as well as all the end users at Y-12 who continue to help BEST serve the needs of Y-12. Sam Easterling, the Y-12 technical mentor, also continues to be instrumental in helping the supplier provide a quality service to Y-12 for years to come.
Copeland also applauds the company for its innovative ideas and â€œgreenâ€ concepts.
â€œBEST truly embraces the â€˜green companyâ€™ concept with a focus on reusing and recycling respirators and laundry items to reduce costs and landfill wastes,â€ Copeland said. â€œFrom the location of the building to the environmental impact of operations, the company actively pursues green business practices.â€
BEST was recognized last year for reachingÂ a major milestone by recycling one million gallons of radiological waste water through its laundry operations located in a reindustrialized building at the East Tennessee Technology Park. The company also uses ENERGY STAR appliances and equipment and takes advantage of natural lighting where possible, the press release said.
To find out more about the 2016 DOE Small Business awards ceremony, go toÂ http://smallbusinessconference.energy.gov/.
More information will be added as itÂ becomes available.
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