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CAGE Code Expirations

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) set to expire CAGE codes


The Defense Logistics Agency is changing the way it manages Commercial and Government Entity codes by assigning an expiration date to all new or updated codes after Aug. 25.  Click here for details.

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Sigma Science Inc. Recognized by Bechtel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          

Contact: Gilbert Torres (505)660-8858

 Date:  May 13, 2015

Sigma Science Inc. Recognized by Bechtel for Outstanding Performance on Nuclear, Security and Environmental Projects


Company Honored for its Commitment to Excellence and Quality


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Sigma Science receives award

Los Alamos, NM— Sigma Science Inc. (SSI) was recognized for outstanding work on projects by Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit at the Bechtel Subcontractor and Supplier Recognition awards. The awards recognize subcontractors and suppliers who supported Bechtel‘s work in nuclear power, environmental clean-up, defense, and nuclear security and operations projects during 2014.

“Our vendors, subcontractors, and suppliers are integral team members on our projects and they do amazing, innovative work in extremely difficult places,” said Craig Albert, president of the Nuclear, Security & Environmental business unit. “These award recipients not only met our high standards for quality and performance but also went above and beyond for mission delivery.”

“Sigma Science Inc. is known for providing innovative practical solutions to complex technical issues”

SSI received this award for consistently providing the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) exemplary service and unique capabilities in nuclear safety bases development and implementation, nuclear criticality safety analysis, engineering, operations, project management and environmental management.

Companies were evaluated on multiple factors. They include: overall performance; the ability to deliver quality services/supplies on time; the ability to work collaboratively to meet milestones; and meeting or exceeding project expectations in aspects of safety, construction performance, technical expertise, and environmental compliance. Nominations were reviewed and approved by Bechtel procurement and project managers.   Final recommendations were approved by senior leadership.


About Sigma Science Inc.

SSI’s focus on technical excellence, personal integrity and quality, begins with our employees. Our disciplined approach for hiring technical experts with strong interpersonal skills is combined with a commitment to understanding the needs of our clients. As a result, we have been able to establish strong employee loyalty and retention, as well as, close and continuing relationships with our clients. Over the last 19 years, SSI has taken a disciplined approach of building from our original nuclear capabilities in order to provide a variety of technical and professional services to government and private sector clients nationwide. SSI was certified as an 8(a) small business on November 15, 2013.

About Bechtel:

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

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NM Small Business Development Center Honors State’s Entrepreneurs; Appoints New NM Procurement Technical Assistance Program Manager


For Immediate Release

Contact: Adriene Gallegos, (505) 428-1624 or

SANTA FE, N.M. — March 6, 2015 — Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit and aiding in business growth and capacity in the state, the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network (NMSBDC) will honor 16 successful New Mexico businesses March 8-9.

“Starting and developing a new business venture takes vision and determination. It also takes the know-how to do it right—unfortunately the answers are not always easy to find,” NMSBDC State Director Russell Wyrick said. “The NMSBDC provides no-cost assistance to hundreds of New Mexico’s existing small businesses with the technical management expertise needed to succeed and grow. When our small businesses grow, new jobs are created, jobs that are more likely to stay right here in New Mexico.”

This year’s client success stories include a fresh pet food retailer, a home décor company, an architecture and engineering firm, an online newspaper, and an entrepreneur who turned picking up cattle roadkill from the highway into a viable businesses after waiting eight years to obtain a license. The honorees include:

•    Acosta Hides, Mesquite
•    Bahama Buck’s, Albuquerque
•    Cellular By All Wireless, Carlsbad
•    Chaos Bistro, Alamogordo
•    Cuatitas Physical & Sports Therapy, Las Vegas
•    Divine Wireless Solutions, Hobbs
•    Great Harvest Bread Co., Farmington
•    Growing Opportunities, Alcalde
•    Je L’adore!, Albuquerque
•    Learning Ladder Early Childcare Education Center, Artesia
•    The Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos
•    Marty’s Meals, Santa Fe
•    Massage Envy, Rio Rancho
•    Mona’s Salsa, Carlsbad
•    Optical Source by Sunglass Source, Clovis
•    Vigil Enterprises, Inc., Santa Fe

Businesses are selected as clients of the year based on a number of criteria, including past, present and future potential economic impact. 

More than 3,000 New Mexicans turn to the NMSBDC and its programs, the International Business Accelerator and the New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), for the expertise and hands-on assistance needed to start and grow their dreams each year. The programs are funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and an annual allocation from the state Legislature to provide no-cost, quality service to New Mexico entrepreneurs.

In other NMSBDC news, Wyrick announced that Interim PTAP Program Manager Richard Asenap has been selected as new PTAP Program Manager. Asenap was hired as an advisor a year after the program was created in 2009. Asenap, who has more than 40 years in business and economic development, has been a business owner and a commercial lender. He has also been the tribal administrator for the Comanche Tribe and is presently on the board of the Comanche Nation Enterprises, Inc. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and was an A.P. Sloan Fellow in the Graduate School of Business and Administrative Sciences at the University of New Mexico.

“We strongly feel that Richard will bring both his expertise and energy to this position and take the program where it needs to go to better serve the business community of the entire State of New Mexico,” Wyrick said.

Asenap said he appreciates the confidence that has been placed in him and will lead PTAP to the next level in terms of more government contracts going to local New Mexico businesses.

“The net effect will be added dollars and jobs to the state’s economy, which is the primary goal of the program,” he said.

Asenap and the 16 successful businesses owners will be introduced and honored during a reception at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. The business owners will also be honored during NMSBDC Day at the New Mexico Legislature, and introduced at 1 p.m. in the Statehouse Rotunda on Monday, March 9.

For more information about the entrepreneurs and to read their success stories in the 2014 annual report, click here. For more information about NMSBDC and the network, go to For more information about PTAP, go to

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Michele “Shelly” Herbst awarded Small Business Person of the Year

Michele “Shelly” Herbst is the President and CEO of Marron & Associates, Inc. She was selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Person of the Year and received her award during the Small Business Awards Luncheon in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 22, 2014. Marron & Associates is a small, woman-owned environmental consulting firm with 20 years of experience. The firm specializes in the NEPA compliance process and related documentation. They perform biological and wetland studies, cultural resource management, and agency coordination. They also have expertise in regulatory permitting and compliance.

Marron & Associates, Inc. was established by Ms. Herbst’s parents. She initially came to work for them as the Marketing Director. When her mother retired from the company, Ms. Herbst took on her current roles as President and CEO. The corporate offices are in Albuquerque and they have an office in Las Cruces. Learn more about this company at Marron & Associates website.

As a PTAP client for the last several years, Marron & Associates has received assistance with their federal registrations and with refinements to their marketing efforts.

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Vigil Enterprises receives recognition and awards from two entities

Denise and Tom-Vigil Enterprises

Tom Roberts and Denise Vigil

Vigil Enterprises, Inc., a client with the NMSBDC/PTAP in Santa Fe, was recently recognized for outstanding work by Bechtel’s government services business unit at the company’s annual Subcontractor and Supplier Recognition awards event. Denise Vigil, President, and Tom Roberts, Vice-President, were presented the award at a cermony held on May 5, 2014, in Reston, Virginia. The award honors subcontractors and suppliers who supported Bechtel’s government services business unit during 2013 in work such as environmental clean-up, national security science, construction, facility start-up and nuclear security and operations.

Vigil Enterprises was also selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the SBA Region VI Subcontractor of the Year. Ms. Vigil accepted that award at the Small Business Awards Luncheon on May 22, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM. Vigil Enterprises, Inc. is a small minority woman-owned business with New Mexico offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque; they also have an office in Laguna Niguel, California. They offer their clients an experienced, successful team focused on providing responsive and innovative professional architectural-engineering services. They have managed and designed hundreds of projects in New Mexico for a variety of government facilities. Vigil Enterprises has served as the prime A-E firm on very complex design projects supporting the growing needs of their clients. Find out more about this company at Vigil Enterprises, Inc website

Vigil Enterprises, Inc. has worked with PTAP for over four years. Denise Vigil serves as a member of the NMSBDC/PTAP Statewide Advisory Council.

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NM SBDC/Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) Workshop “How to Successfully Market Your Business to the Government”

This one-day, highly interactive workshop provides participants with the tools and resources to start successful government marketing. You will leave this workshop with the documents needed to start your marketing efforts. Topics include:

  • Marketing and sales basics
  • Developing your company’s profile for the government –  Should my company sell to the government?
  • Market research techniques – Who purchases my company’s products/services?
  • Developing customer profiles – Who should I market to?
  • Developing competitor profiles
  • Developing marketing strategies
  • Next steps 

The conference is free and Includes; the publication “Government Contracts Made Easier” by Judy Bradt.

Wednesday – Sept 18th  8:30am -5:00pm
Hispano Chamber of Commerce
1309 4th Street, SW
Albuquerque, NM  87102

To register and for detailed course descriptions, please go to or contact Lenny Bean at 505-224-5966.

The New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Program provides resources and services to help small business owners compete successfully for government contracts.

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