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UT-Battelle Wins 2008 DOE Mentor of the Year Award

Brenda DeGraffenreid, Supervisor Acquisition Manager, DOE Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Keith Joy, Director of Small Business Programs Jerome Hicks, Contracts Division Director Marsha Daigle, Small Business Procurement Center Representative, Nevada Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 31, 2009 — UT-Battelle has been named the winner of the 2008 DOE Mentor of the Year Award. The honor was presented recently at the Department of Energy's 10th Annual Small Business Conference in Long Beach, Cal.

The DOE Mentor of the Year recognizes ORNL's Mentor-Protégé Program for enhancing the capabilities of small businesses to perform contracts and subcontracts for ORNL, other DOE laboratories and federal agencies.

Accepting the award on behalf of Oak Ridge National Laboratory were Keith Joy, director of Small Business Programs, and Jerome Hicks, director of the Contracts Division.

The award also acknowledges ORNL's mentoring efforts " that have exceeded the requirements of their mentor-protégé agreement." These results have enhanced the protégé's capabilities and ability to successfully compete for federal contracts.

ORNL had five small business protégés for the FY-2006-2008 program and currently has seven, the largest number of protégés for any DOE science laboratory. The laboratory also has mentor-protégé agreements with two Historically Black Colleges and Universities -- Morehouse College and Jackson State University.

UT-Battelle/ORNL is a national leader in the support of the small business community. The Small Business Program won the 2006 DOE Small Business Innovation Award, the 2007 SBA Francis Perkins Vanguard Award and Keith Joy was named 2007 Small Business Programs Manager of the Year.

UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the Department of Energy.