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Northrop Grumman embraces initiatives to advance small businesses

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Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company that provides innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. The company's own Socio-Economic Business Program (SEBP) plays a key role in connecting across a wide categorical spectrum -- small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, woman-owned small businesses and enterprises owned by service-disabled veterans -- with its government programs in the supply chain and technical organizations, leading to significant business opportunities. "It's a win-win situation where the innovation and creativity of our suppliers allow Northrop Grumman to deliver the highest quality products and services to our customers," said Susan Cote, Northrop Grumman's vice president for corporate contracts, pricing and supply chain. As a result of ongoing efforts, Northrop Grumman has achieved 30 percent or more in small business subcontracting since 2001, far exceeding the 23 percent small-business subcontracting statutory goal for the past 10 years. Specifically, in fiscal year 2010, Northrop Grumman awarded $11.5 billion in subcontracts, with small businesses receiving more than $4.2 billion (36.7 percent) of these awards. Employees were recognized for consistently going above and beyond customary work requirements to help the company's Socio-Economic Business Office meet or exceed its goals.

Northrop Grumman embraces several corporate initiatives to advance small businesses, including the Department of Defense's Mentor-Protégé program, and the Small Business Innovation Research and AbilityOne organizations. It also supports the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, which funds research and development projects in partnership with universities and other nonprofit research institutions to move research to the marketplace.

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