LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command Small Business Office received the 2009 Department of the Army Small Business Programs Award during a ceremony at the National Veterans Small Business conference here, July 22.

"This award illustrates the team effort of AMC supporting the Army's Small Business Programs," said Nancy Small, director of the AMC Small Business Programs.

The award recognized AMC for outstanding achievement and continuous improvement in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Minority Institutions category for the second time.

AMC's Small Business Programs took home this award first in 2007.

"We are evaluated on how well we did in meeting our established goal for the year. Although, we did not meet our established goal, we did significantly increase the amount of dollars awarded in this area," said Tony Hodge, program manager of AMC's Small Business Programs.

"This success was largely due to efforts at two of our major subordinate commands: Research, Development, and Engineering Command and Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command," continued Hodge.

Both signed memorandum's of agreement with Morgan State University and Alabama A&M University respectively to conduct research activities at those institutions.

"It is important to garner relationships with HBCUs and MIs, because it helps to achieve the President's goal of promoting excellence, innovation, and sustainability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities," said Hodge.

Small accepted the award on behalf of AMC from Tracey Pinson, director of Small Business Programs in the Office of the Secretary of the Army.

The Department of the Army annually presents Small Business Awards in six categories: Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Women-Owned, Service Disabled Veteran, Historically Underutilized Zone, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions.

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