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Afognak Native Corporation partner gets top NASA business award

Anchorage, Alaska – NASA recognized A2Research, a joint venture with Alutiiq 3SG, as the Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year during an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. This prestigious agency-wide recognition follows two years in which A2Research received the NASA Stennis Space Center Small Business Contractor of the Year Award.
When presenting the Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year award, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. stated, “Our industry partners are helping NASA remain the world leader in space exploration. Small business represents the best of the American spirit of innovation, the drive to solve problems and create solutions to our biggest challenges. We're pleased to recognize the excellence of these entrepreneurs, whose work brings a great return on the taxpayers’ investment.”
A2Research’s managing representative, Autumn Sellars, said, “A2Research is honored to receive this recognition from NASA. We appreciate the focus NASA places on partnering with small businesses and we will continue to strive for excellence in performing this and future contracts with NASA.”
A2Research minority partner representative Greg Hambright stated, “We are grateful that our relationship with NASA has provided outstanding mutual benefit. This coveted recognition by NASA clearly demonstrates the benefit to the government that is possible when two highly qualified small businesses join together to perform valuable services.”
A2Research provides gas, materials and environmental laboratory analysis; professional data reduction and analysis; maintenance of measurement standards; and the calibration and repair of instrumentation at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, where rocket engines are tested. A2Research has performed a laboratory services contract at Stennis since 2010.
A2Research is a Small Business Administration 8(a) joint venture between minority-woman-owned Alcyon Inc. based in Huntsville, Ala., and Alutiiq 3SG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Afognak Native Corporation based in Anchorage, AK. Afognak Native Corporation is an Alaska Native Corporation created pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.

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