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What does it mean to receive a Nunn- Perry award?
Nunn Perry Award
Certified Technical Experts Inc. and its mentor, Tec-Masters, along with Alabama State University and its College of Business Administration, recently received the Nunn-Perry Award from the Department of Defense. The award "recognizes successful mentor-protégé teams that have excelled in technical developments, cost efficiencies and increased business opportunities for small businesses”, according to CEO, Mr. Eugene Tinker. Certified Technical Experts, Inc. (CTE) is a certified small 8(a) Technology consulting firm headquartered in Montgomery, AL. We provide technical solutions in the Information Technology (IT) business sector specializing in Legacy System Modernization, Sustainment Services and Information Assurance systems. CTE is a member of the Team Tec-Masters (TTM) Mentor Protégé (MP) consortium of protégé companies, which consists of 6 small businesses. The mentor TTM is an operating group within Tec-Masters, Inc.(TMI) With the assistance from the Mentor Protégé Program, CTE now has the technical, management, and IT capability to prime contracts across many federal agencies. CTE has also benefited from related areas through investment of their own funds in innovative ways to develop Cyber and Medical solutions. In addition, CTE and TTM have teamed on important Department of Defense (DoD) engagements in support that benefit our national defense and the Warfighter.
Protégé firms gain valuable expertise in technology and business-knowledge transfer, which increases their competitiveness in the marketplace as well as their access to other subcontracting opportunities. The prestigious Nunn-Perry award, named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, recognizes outstanding mentor-protégé teams formed under the auspices of the DoD Mentor-Protégé program. This highly coveted award is presented each year to select DoD mentor-protégé teams, from across the entire department, that have demonstrated exceptional progress in improving the technical capabilities, cost effectiveness, and business opportunities for small businesses to expand their footprint in the defense industrial base.
All eligible protégés are certified by officials with the U.S. Small Business Administration as small disadvantaged businesses or minority-serving institutions. The mentor-protégé program encourages large-business contractors to assist in developing the technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses. Mentor firms benefit by establishing long-term business relationships with qualified suppliers. Mentors also receive reimbursements or credits for their developmental costs as well as a boost in meeting their small business goals. Protégé firms gain valuable expertise in technology and business-knowledge transfer, which increases their competitiveness in the marketplace as well as their access to other subcontracting opportunities. We at CTE are proud to be a recipient of this prestigious award.
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