The U.S. Department of Energy, the largest civilian contracting agency within the Federal government, held its 12th Annual Small Business Conference & Expo at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri from May 10-12, 2011. Drawing more than 1,600 participants, the conference and Expo presented information to help small businesses across the country benefit from federal funding including grant opportunities, contracting openings, and subcontracting options.

“Small businesses are the building blocks of the clean energy economy, helping to create jobs and drive the innovation that will help the U.S. to win the future,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

At an Award Luncheon during the event to honor the Fiscal Year 2010 Secretarial Small Business Award recipients, Bearskin Services, a division of the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, was recognized as the FY10 DOE 8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business of the Year.

Bearskin was recognized for their exceptional performance in activities contributing to the core DOE mission by providing unique solutions to DOE requirements, extraordinary customer service, and significant schedule and budget related value.

Bearskin Services, a SBA Certified 8(a) company, provides Information Technology (IT), Management, and Engineering Support Services in support of the Department of Energy mission at South Western Power Administration (SWPA) and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). Bearskin Services has an extensive background in supporting clients with state of the art information technology and telecommunications requirements. Bearskin functions as a provider of services and products from computer hardware, network engineering, help desk, systems administration, and project management to telecommunications operations and maintenance, installation, and voice communications.

The mission of Bearskin Services is to advance the standard of living of the tribe and to promote in any way the general welfare of the Indians of the Wyandotte Nation. Profits from Bearskin Services are used for job creation, housing, environmental and health services, scholarships and education programs for the Wyandotte tribal members.