Boeing Honored with SBA's Dwight D. Eisenhower Award

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 May 5, 2015


Trish Freeland (314) 539-6606

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      Boeing Honored with SBA's Dwight D. Eisenhower Award

   Aerospace company leads the way in support to small businesses

ST. LOUIS- The Boeing Company’s Defense, Space & Security division, headquartered in St. Louis, has received the U.S. Small Business Administration’s  2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, which recognizes large prime contractors that have excelled in utilization of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors.

During fiscal year 2014, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, the defense arm of The Boeing Company, awarded 20.36 percent of its subcontracts to small and diverse businesses, totaling $1.7 billion. 

As part of the award, the Small Business Administration looked at how Boeing seeks to partner with small and diverse suppliers, many of which specialize in technological development. The company works with the SBA in its Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program to identify small businesses to help advance research and development which is essential in today's competitive global marketplace.

“It’s an honor to receive this award on behalf of The Boeing Company,” said Sherman Dupre, the director of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security’s Small, Diverse Business and Strategic Alliances (SDB & SA) organization. “But more than that, it’s extremely gratifying to identify and partner with small businesses across the United States to create more innovative solutions for our Boeing programs and customers. Historically, small business has been a catalyst which helps drive this country’s economic growth, and this award affirms how Boeing plays its part.”

“We are thrilled to have such a supporter of entrepreneurship in our community.  The Boeing Company has always led the way in using small businesses to advance research and development and as vendors and suppliers,” said Dennis Melton, District Director for SBA’s St. Louis Office. “Congratulations to Sherman Dupre and the entire team at the Boeing Company for being such an amazing supporter and partner to small businesses.”

Boeing also participates in a Mentor Protégé program that has led to many successes for the company, its protégés and customers. Additionally, Boeing Defense, Space & Security engages in outreach efforts and sponsorships nationally to leverage opportunities for small and diverse suppliers across the enterprise.

“It gives me pleasure to acknowledge Sherman Dupre with this prestigious award for his longtime leadership and acknowledge as well his Boeing staff for providing mentoring and subcontracting opportunities to small businesses throughout the nation,” said Region VII Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Patricia Brown-Dixon.

Over the past year, The Boeing Company paid nearly $50 billion to more than 14,800 businesses, supporting an additional 1.5 million supplier-related jobs across the country.