CNS, Y-12 honored as DOE Mentor of the Year

Posted: August 6, 2015 - 3:59pm

Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC and Y‑12 recently received the Department of Energy’s Small Business Mentor of the Year award.

Small Business Program Manager Lisa Copeland said, “It makes me very proud to be a part of CNS; receiving this award is a reflection of CNS’s commitment, willingness and ability to support the small business community.”

The DOE Mentor-Protégé Program recognized CNS and Y‑12 for its mentorship with BES Technologies LLC (BEST), a service disabled veteran owned small business that is in its third year as a protégé.

The protégé performs both radiological and non radiological laundry cleaning services for Y‑12, and the company recently was recognized for reaching a major milestone by recycling 1 million gallons of radiological waste water through its laundry operations located at the East Tennessee Technology Park.

CNS’s Environment, Safety and Health organization sponsors the business relationship with Sam Easterling leading the effort as the Y‑12 technical mentor. “Y‑12 employees are competitive, and it is always good when our site is recognized with a national award presented by our DOE customer,” he said. “We can all be proud of helping a local business to ensure our missions by providing clean personal protective clothing for Y‑12 employees.”

Through the Mentor-Protégé Program, CNS was able to position BEST as an NQA‑1 compliant supplier and make them more marketable, not only for Y‑12 but for opportunities at other Federal sites and in the commercial sector. This accomplishment could not have been reached without the commitment and expertise of subject matter experts from Y‑12’s Quality, Radiological Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Transportation Safety, Infrastructure, Supply Chain Management, Environmental Compliance and Safety organizations.

“BEST provides quality services in support of our national security mission,” Easterling said. “Having the opportunity to support a veteran who deliberately hires veterans to perform work important to Y‑12 employees is a joy. Knowing that BEST understands the importance and is supportive of the Y‑12 national security mission makes it that much sweeter.”

Copeland said, “The best part of working with small businesses like BEST is that I get the satisfaction of seeing them become successful.”

Copeland says she urges everyone at Y‑12 to think small — businesses that is. “I stress to everyone to think about small business first, when possible and practical, as we prepare acquisition strategies and procurement packages. Being proactive and seeking out small businesses that may be able to provide the required product and/or service is important when conducting our market research.”

To find out more about the 2015 DOE Small Business awards ceremony, their website.

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