Rachel Ramirez, CEO and President of Performance Excellence Partners (PEP), accepted the award for Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year at the Small Business Forum & Expo in Tampa, FL, on July 12, 2014.
Established in 2000, PEP is a certified Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) and participated in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Mentor Protégé program. The company specializes in collaborating with Federal government and non-profits to identify and enact strategies for improved performance, efficiencies, operations, and results.
The 2014 BDC Fall Symposium will be held on October 21–22, 2014 in Fort Myers, Florida. The event will include a tour of the Algenol facility on Wednesday morning. The symposium will have panels for progress reports from current cellulosic bio-product companies, updates on government policy from several agencies, scale-up strategies,and lessons learned. POET-DSM will provide the after dinner success story.
Neil Rossmeissl, Program Manager, Algal Program, Bioenergy Technologies Office, will be delivering the keynote address on expanding the bioeconomy.