McLean, VA; October 20, 2021 –The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Small Business Program’s (OSBP) Mentor Protégé Program (MPP), IronArch Technology (IAT), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T) were awarded the esteemed Nunn-Perry award. The OSBP MPP assists small businesses in growing their network in the defense industrial base by partnering with large companies that serve as mentors. Every year, OSBP MPP awards select program participants, who excel in technical assistance, protégé growth, and impact protégé development, and recognize them with the Nunn-Perry Award.
Iron Arch technology, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), was awarded an MPP agreement with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in 2018. IAT provides IT modernization and operations as well as management consulting to a variety of government customers including organizations across the DoD, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Veterans Affairs. Through the MPP, SAIC provided IAT with growth strategies and support of new business pursuits.
“We are thrilled to receive the Nunn-Perry Award aside our mentors and partners, SAIC and NCA&T. Their knowledge and assistance over the past three years has helped shape our corporate infrastructure and acquire new growth. We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in the mentor program and hope it continues to support small businesses for years to come,” said Joe Punaro, IronArch CEO.
A Best Place to Work recipient five times and Inc 5000 recipient for being one of the fastest-growing businesses in the United States, IronArch is a federal consulting firm with the people, processes, and infrastructure to help clients accelerate change and transform their organizations. A Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), IronArch is routinely called upon by clients to assist them with cloud strategy and implementation, platform solution development, software engineering, and financial management challenges. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, IronArch is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/PV/D. For more information, visit www.ironarchtechnology.com.
About DOD MPP
DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program is the oldest continuously operating federal mentor-protégé program in existence. Originally established in the midst of the First Gulf War, the MPP helps eligible small businesses expand their footprint in the defense industrial base. Under the MPP, small businesses are partnered with larger companies. In the past five years, DoD’s MPP has successfully helped more than 190 small businesses fill unique niches and become part of the military’s supply chain. Many mentors have made the MPP an integral part of their sourcing plans. Protégés have used their involvement in the MPP to develop technical capabilities. Successful mentor-protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the protégé, the mentor and the DoD. For more information visit https://business.defense.gov/Programs/Mentor-Protege-Program/.
The Nunn-Perry award is named for the contributions of Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, who both played critical roles in the implementation of the DOD Mentor Protégé Program. The Nunn-Perry Award pauses to highlight the companies that have navigated that challenging transition from capability to company above and beyond their peers. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients,” said Jackson.