AIKEN, S.C. – The Savannah River Site (SRS) recently hosted DOE’s annual forum to share opportunities with local small businesses qualifying for HUBZone certification as well as those already certified. HUBZones are historically underutilized business zones. SRS management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President and Chief Executive Officer Stuart MacVean, pictured above, welcomed the event attendees and spoke of the need for small business partnerships at SRS. “You are where we get innovations and technology,” he said. Ellen Hansmann, supply chain management manager with SRS liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation, said services from HUBZone businesses are especially valuable in the liquid waste mission. DOE also held a “matchmaking” session in which local suppliers met with buyers and technical experts from government agencies, SRS prime contractors, and small business program managers from DOE's Oak Ridge Site in Tennessee. “Those vendors now have a better understanding of our processes and we were able to identify several HUBZone-certified small businesses that could be a match for future opportunities,” said Liz Harris, small business program manager and procurement administrator for SRS security contractor Centerra-SRS.
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