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Tr-Cities business named Department of Energy Protégé of the Year

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Tri-Cities business was named the U.S. Department of Energy’s Protégé of the year at the DOE’s Small Business Forum and Expo Wednesday.

This award recognizes the significant development of a DOE protégé small business enhancing its ability to successfully compete for federal contracts through its participation in the Mentor-Protégé program.

 “Winning this award is not only gratifying on a business level, but something I am personally proud to bring back to my hometown and the Hanford Site,” said Kris Lapp, president of i3 Global.

i3 Global entered into a Mentor-Protégé agreement with Mission Support Alliance (MSA) in 2015, providing MSA with information technology, and multi-media and staffing services.

MSA is the site services provider at the Hanford Site, maintaining roads and delivering utilities, IT services, safeguards & security, as well as emergency services, environmental monitoring, communications support and portfolio management. 

“Our company is on a mission to showcase the positive aspects of the work being done at Hanford and the tremendous amount of tech talent in our great community. Our mentor organization, Mission Support Alliance, has been key in supporting our efforts and putting us in an excellent position to succeed along with them. This has been a great partnership, and we look forward to continued success together,” Lapp said. 


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