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NASA Honors And Inspires Small Business Community

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 3/25/2011

NASA is honoring the small business community for its contributions.

NASA may be best known for its walks on the moon rather than its presence in small business news. However, that doesn't mean that the sector hasn't significantly aided in the agency's mission.

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Recently, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden honored the small business community and its contributions to NASA and the national economy at a meeting of the Marshall Small Business Alliance at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The alliance provides small businesses with networking opportunities and promotes subcontracting competition within the agency. This was the second time in three years that it was honored by NASA's Office of Small Business Programs.

"Small business is crucial not only to NASA, but to the nation," Bolden said in a statement. "Federal procurement opportunities for women, minority and veteran-owned small businesses are critical to the economy and to sustaining economic development."

According to Bolden in a post on the White House blog, NASA awarded approximately $2.3 billion directly to small businesses - up nearly 15 percent from the previous year. 

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