Six local firms receive ORNL Small Business Awards

Six firms received Small Business Awards from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Friday morning at an awards ceremony held at ORNL and virtually. 

Standing, from left to right, are Jolene Johnson, President of Absolute Access; Jeremy Shoop, President of City-State; Vicki Dyer, President of Scientific Sales; Travis Reagan, Operations Manager of ARMEC; Mitchell Johnson, Government Sales for Stokes Electric; and Landon Hunley, Procurement Officer. Credit: ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

“We are fortunate to have an invaluable network of small businesses that support ORNL’s mission,” ORNL Director Stephen Streiffer said. “It is a privilege to recognize these companies and highlight their impact to the laboratory and their contributions to the nation’s scientific and technological advancements.”

The companies, selected from small business service providers to the lab, were recognized by ORNL’s Small Business Programs Office for their specific capabilities and contributions. The six companies include:

Women-Owned Small Business of the YearAbsolute Access, a women-owned small business located in Knoxville, Tenn., was recognized for the company’s outstanding customer service in access control and badging products. Members of ORNL’s staff said the company routinely goes above and beyond to provide fast service, deliver shipments, intercept supply issues, and mitigate potential delays.

Small Business of the YearARMEC,a small manufacturing engineering business located in Oak Ridge, Tenn., was recognized for outstanding performance on the US ITER project. Members of ORNL’s technical staff said the company has repeatedly demonstrated capability in precision manufacturing, proactively managing their project deliverables and schedules while meeting very tight tolerances and complex designs on state-of-the-art first-of-a-kind components. 

HUBZone Small Business of the Year: City-State, a HUBZone small business located in Knoxville, Tenn., was recognized for exceptional environmental, waste, and transportation services during the FY23 phase of the Legacy Materials Disposition Effort, or LMDE. 

Small Disadvantaged Business of the YearScientific Sales, Inc., or SSI, a small disadvantaged, women-owned business located in Oak Ridge, Tenn., was recognized for extraordinary customer service and significant value as a provider of lab supplies, chemicals, and instruments used regularly by multiple departments and laboratories throughout the ORNL complex. The company’s commitment to cost savings, customer service, and competitive pricing saved ORNL more than $787,000.

Small Business of the Year: Stokes Electric Company, or Stokes, a small business located in Knoxville, Tenn., was recognized for superior customer service, clear communication, and high satisfaction marks as an electrical product supplier for ORNL’s vendor catalog. The company achieved a 98% on-time delivery rate, exceeding its goal of 95% by three points.

Women-Owned Small Business of the YearRed Wire Technologies, or RWT,a women-owned small custom engineering company located in Knoxville, Tenn., was recognized for support of ORNL’s national security efforts through innovative contributions to wireless communication technology. The company’s work increased resilient communications capabilities through software enhancements, including migrating bulky, heavy, and barely portable off-the-shelf hardware to small, compact, and power-efficient devices. 

Landon Hunley, a procurement officer, received the ORNL Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. Hunley was recognized for his consistent support for small businesses in his procurement activities, including setting aside eight new construction opportunities that resulted in more than $11 million in new construction awards to small businesses in FY23. 

RNL’s Small Business Programs Office is part of the Business Services Directorate’s Contract Division, which is responsible for procurement operations. Tina Richards is the division’s director, and Cassandra McGee Stuart is the manager of strategy and performance. 

Visit ORNL’s Small Business Programs Office website for more information.

UT-Battelle manages ORNL for DOE’s Office of Science. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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