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NREL Wins Martin Luther King Award

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Golden, Colo., January 10, 1996 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has won the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Social Responsibility Award for its support of minority and women-owned small businesses in Colorado.

The annual award recognizes businesses and individuals who best exemplify the life and spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and who demonstrate ongoing community service. The awards are sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission, chaired by Wilma Webb, wife of Denver's mayor.

NREL is being recognized for awarding a significant amount of procurements to small businesses owned by women or minorities. Of the $124 million in goods and services procured in 1995, 56 percent were awarded to small businesses, with 22 percent of the total, or approximately $15 million, going to minority or women-owned businesses.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. award is the latest recognition of NREL's support of small business. Last year, NREL received the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, given annually to companies that excel in supporting and guiding minority-owned small businesses through the federal procurement process. In 1994, NREL was named Corporation of the Year by Minority Enterprises, Inc. NREL's efforts at supporting small business were first recognized in 1993, when the laboratory received the SBA's Award of Distinction.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Social Responsibility Award will be presented during ceremonies at 11:45 a.m. January 12 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Denver.