National Nuclear Security Administration

CNS, Y-12 named DOE mentor of the year

August 25, 2015

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Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) has received the Department of Energy’s Small Business Mentor of the Year award for efforts at the Y-12 National Security Complex. Y-12 mentors were recognized for exceeding the requirements of their Mentor-Protégé Agreement and their commitment to enhancing their protégé’s ability to perform contracts for federal agencies. The Mentor-Protégé Program aims to build lasting relationships between small businesses and DOE prime contractors.

Y‑12 Small Business Program Manager Lisa Copeland said, “It makes me very proud to be a part of CNS. Receiving this award is a reflection of CNS’ commitment, willingness and ability to support the small business community.”

One of Y-12’s protégés, BES Technologies, LLC (BEST), is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that provides specialized services for radioactive environments and is in its third year as a protégé. BEST’s mentorship with Y-12 increased the company’s marketability by positioning them as a qualified supplier for federal sites and the commercial sector. This summer, BEST was recognized for recycling 1 million gallons of radiological waste water through its laundry operations at the East Tennessee Technology Park.

For more information on the award visit the Y-12 website.

To find out more about the 2015 DOE Small Business awards ceremony, go to