Los Alamos National Laboratory prefers to contract with New Mexico businesses whenever possible. In FY 2019, it spent $289 million in contracts to small businesses in the state. Courtesy/LANL
A new mentor-protégé program between Triad National Security and Pueblo Alliance, LLC will groom Pueblo businesses for success in landing contracts with Los Alamos National Laboratory and other U.S. Department of Energy entities.
Mentorship areas include business planning, business development, marketing, proposal development, and quality assurance.
“Doing business with our neighbors makes sense,” LANL Director Thom Mason said. “In FY 2019, the Laboratory spent $396 million in contracts with New Mexico businesses. Of that, $289 million went to contracts with small businesses. We also increased our contracts with businesses categorized as disadvantaged, women-owned, and HUB-zone located, and intend to continue this upward trend.”
“Diversification has long been a strategy of many Pueblo Development Corporations,” said Ron Lovato, President of the Pueblo Alliance and CEO of Tsay Corporation. “I am honored to continue to work with our long-time partner San Ildefonso Services, and I welcome our new partner Sky City Communications. This agreement will allow Triad to mentor us collectively and enhance our ability to compete in the federal contracting industry. This mentor-protégé program is a momentous step for our company.”
The program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy. Signed Oct. 1, 2020, the agreement will be in effect for a minimum of two years, but could be extended.
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.