On 15 June 2015, Maria Contreras-Sweet presented the SBIR Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame Awards in Washington, D.C.
Maria Contreras-Sweet is the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and became a member of President Obama’s Cabinet on April 7, 2014. She is a successful entrepreneur, business executive, and state cabinet official. Throughout her career in the public and private sector, she has been a champion of diversity, access to capital and equal opportunity for all Americans.
The Tibbetts Award is named after Roland Tibbetts, who was instrumental in developing the National SBIR Program, a highly competitive program to ensure small businesses get a chance to compete for federal research and development funding, along with the opportunities it provides to profit from commercialization of the technologies they develop.
The awards are presented to companies and individuals that are beacons of promise and models of excellence in high technology. Firms that have participated in the SBIR and STTR programs are eligible for the award, as are individuals who may not have received SBIR or STTR awards but, nonetheless, support the programs in other ways. Criteria used in evaluating firms include: Technical Innovation; Business Impact; and Broader Societal and Economic Benefit. When evaluating individual nominees, the committee will consider: Unique, Long-Term Service; Created and/or Initiated New Programs; and Advocacy of the SBIR Program.
More information and award winners may be viewed at https://www.sbir.gov/sites/default/files/Tibbetts%20&%20SBIR%20HoF%20Award%20Booklet.pdf.
Join us in congratulating SOCOM’s own Thomas J Piazza, a Tibbetts SBIR Award Winner.