Bechtel's work for the U.S. Government has a legacy of implementing an inclusive and outstanding supplier diversity program that maximizes opportunities for all categories of small businesses. Over the years we have found that working with a diverse cadre of small businesses, including disadvantaged businesses; businesses owned by women, veterans and service-disabled veterans; and businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones), adds tremendous value to our business -- it broadens our knowledge base and our capabilities, enhances our competitiveness, and fosters a healthy business environment.
Many of our projects work with their customers to set goals to subcontract with these firms. We are proud of our record of consistently meeting or exceeding overall business goals, and take pride in the numerous awards and commendations we have received. promoting small business growth is good for the economy and for the communities in which we work and live.
Our success with small businesses has been the direct result of our commitment to ensuring that the right opportunities are communicated and awarded to small businesses. I fully expect the same level of commitment going forward and am confident that we will continue to meet or exceed our small business goals.
The Procurement and Subcontracts function has the overall charter to maximize the use of small businesses in a way that enhances our ability to meet the needs of our customers. I encourage each of you to actively seek ways to support our small business outreach and subcontract efforts: be on the lookout for opportunities within NS&E that may benefit small businesses, inform Procurement and Subcontract of those opportunities, and work with our Small Business Advocates.
If you have any questions about the program or suggestions on how we can enhance it, please email Matt Szendre, BNI Small Business Program Manager.