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August 1, 2012
Secretary Chu receives the Federal Partner Award from the Minority Business RoundTable (MBRT) for his work and the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization's support. He is pictured here with Roger Campos, President & CEO of the MBRT, and Andra Rush, CEO of Rush Trucking. Photo Credit: Alan Schlaifer, Elite Images.
Secretary Chu Speaks with Minority Small Business Owners

Secretary Chu met with 160 small business CEOs July 26 at the Minority Business RoundTable (MBRT) in Washington, D.C. MBRT is a national nonprofit organization that represents African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and women CEOs of the top minority-owned companies in America. The organization provides companies an avenue to expand their access to capital and contracting opportunities. The professional relationships that MBRP formed over the years has tremendously impacted the partnerships established between the federal government and the MBRT entrepreneurs.

August 1, 2012
Dot Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, speaks about her engineering career to Native American students at the Intertribal Youth Summit on July 30. | Photo Credit: AnneMarie Ashburn, Department Of Energy.
Native American Students in STEM Fields: A Critical Need for our Country

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity's Dot Harris recently met with youth from Tribal Nations around the U.S. to discuss the benefits of STEM education.

July 31, 2012
Streamlining the Government Contracting Process, One System at a Time

It’s no secret that small business owners have very busy schedules. They must manage business development, operations, finances, personnel, as well as accessing passwords to access the numerous websites necessary to do business with the federal government.

To assist small businesses to alleviate the burden of managing many different user names and passwords for various business websites, we are streamlining online resources to create a one-stop-shop to registering your business.

July 26, 2012
President Obama Named 13 Energy Department Scientists for Outstanding Early Career Award

President Obama today named 96 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. These include 13 receipients from the Energy Department.

July 18, 2012
President Obama Announces New Plan to Create STEM Master Teaching Corps

*Editor's Note: This blog was originally posted on's Office of Sience and Technology Policy by Phil Larson.

July 18, 2012
Dot Harris speaking live to WBIR, a local Knoxville television station, the morning of the Energy Department/National Nuclear Security Administration Small Business Summit (July 10). Photo: DOE Photographer Lynn Frenny
Talking Small Business in Knoxville, Tennessee

During the last fiscal year, the Energy Department contracted with over 7,000 small businesses, doing over $8 billion worth of business overall. While this is the second highest number in terms of dollars in the federal government, we want to make every effort to get new small businesses into the mix, introducing them to the Energy Department’s federal contracting process.

July 17, 2012
Secretary Chu and Office of Indian Energy Director Tracey LeBeau meet with Wisconsin tribal leaders in Milwaukee, WI. | Photo courtesy of Mark Appleton.
Wisconsin Tribal Leaders Work Towards a Clean Energy Future

Secretary Chu and Indian Energy Policy Director Tracey LeBeau meet with Wisconsin Tribal Leaders to discuss their commitment to a clean energy economy.

July 5, 2012
Secretary Chu visits Delaware State University to commemorate the school's efforts with the Better Buildings Initiative.
A Minority Serving Institution Leads the Way in Better Buildings

Delaware State University joins President Obama's Better Buildings Initiative.

July 3, 2012
Shelton Clark, President of Eberline Services, receives the Small Business of the Year award from Dot Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. Eberline Services, a New Mexico-based small business, gets 90% of their business from the Energy Department. They specialize in radiological protection and environmental services. | Photo by Charles Watkins, DOE Photographer.
No Small Task: How Small Businesses are Critical to our Energy Future

The Energy Department depends on small businesses across the country to help fulfill its mission.

June 29, 2012
Secretary Chu presents the FY 2011 Small Business Award Winners at an award ceremony yesterday at the Energy Department headquarters in Washington, DC. | Energy Department photo.
Secretary Chu Congratulates FY 2011 Small Business Award Winners

On Wednesday, the Energy Department honored 14 awardees who excelled at engaging small businesses.