September 17, 2001
Emory honored with SBA award
By Eric Rangus
Emory received the U.S. Small Business Administrations Award of Distinction at a 20-minute ceremony in the board room of the Administration Building, Sept. 10. Mitchell Morand, the SBAs acting area director, presented the octagonal jade crystal award to
President Bill Chace. Emory is the first educational institution to be
recognized with an Award of Distinction, which is given to less than 2
percent of all eligible business, nonprofit or otherwise.
When we look at universities as a whole, Emory stands by itself
as it relates to small businesses [SBs], small disadvantaged businesses
[SDBs] and women-owned businesses [WOBs], Morand said. As
far as goals and percentages awarded, you stand way above the rest.
Many companiesuniversities includedset goals in the neighborhood
of awarding 30 percent of their subcontracting dollars to SBs, SDBs and
WOBs. Emory averages over 50 percent per contract.
The award essentially honors Emory for striving toward diversity, even
in areas not normally considered in a cultural discussion, like purchasing.
These goals are deeply a part of the University and what it aspires
to do, Chace said. This is a wonderful day for us.
Chace particularly lauded the work of Rex Hardaway, director of procurement
and materials services, and Mary Ellen McClellan, assistant director of
procurement and materials services. McClellan works with the Office of
Sponsored Programs and various principal investigators to develop realistic
goals for small business participation. She then monitors these contracts
for compliance and reports all small business contract expenditures to
Emory has relationships with dozens of subcontractors, procuring items
such as office and medical supplies and services like printing, duplicating
and even janitorial work.
One such Emory subcontractor is Cosh Healthcare, a distributor of medical
and scientific laboratory supplies and furniture. Coshs owner, Karen
Shinault, and her husband Ronald were also in attendance. Cosh, which
qualifies as an SB, SDB and a WOB, has a 12-year relationship with Emory,
and it serves as a prime example of the way Emory has developed mature
and long-lasting ties with small businesses.
Weve been recognized as a viable, professional organization
around campus, and weve been able to build on those relationships
around campus, Ronald Shinault said.
Small businesses, while they come in many forms, are generally defined
as those with 500 or fewer employees.
Small disadvantaged businesses are those small businesses that are majority-owned
by one or more individuals determined to be socially or economically challenged.
African, Native, Hispanic and Asian-Pacific-Americans can be classified
as socially challenged, and economically challenged individuals are those
people whose ability to compete in the free-enterprise system has
been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities,
as stated by the SBA.
A woman-owned business is one in which the majority owner or owners are femalethey do not necessarily have to be SBs or SDBs.