Reprinted from:: Yahoo!® Finance
Tuesday December 19, 7:11 am ET
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Divine Imaging Commodities, a small woman-owned California company, was awarded a multi-million dollar, five year Blanket Purchase Award by the General Services Administration to supply soup cups to U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. The award was the second BPA (Blanket Purchase Award) won by Divine in 2006, continuing the remarkable growth trend of the three year old company.
Divine Imaging owner Kimberly Devane attended the United States General Services Administration's "Opening Doors" Small Business Utilization Conference in Palm Springs, CA December 13 with her uncle, actor William Devane ("24", The West Wing, The Missiles of October, Knots Landing), and Divine CEO Larry Abbott, to give thanks to the GSA for the award and acknowledge the Federal Government's unwavering commitment to federally contracted small, woman and veteran owned companies.
Divine CEO Larry Abbott commented, "The success of Divine Imaging is the quintessential example the GSA's commitment to helping small business succeed. As we heard from GSA Office of Small Business Utilization Associate Administrator Felipe Mendoza today during his luncheon speech, the GSA is committed to creating a level playing field on which small businesses can compete for a fair proportion of the hundreds of millions of dollars in products and services purchased by the federal government each year. In the case of Divine, a small business owner was given the opportunity to realize the American Dream by combining a tireless work ethic, a bit of Yankee ingenuity, and the resources provided by the GSA's Office of Small Business Utilization."
In his luncheon speech at the December 13th event, Divine supporter and presidential appointee Felipe Mendoza reaffirmed the government's vendor diversity motives and assured the crowd of the GSA's desire to exceed its goal to drive at least 24% of the GSA's $500 billion budget to small, woman, veteran owned and disadvantaged businesses. Mendoza emphasized that the 24% goal is " ... a floor and not a ceiling ... " and communicated the Bush administration's belief that " ... small business is the backbone of the American economy."
"I am honored by the faith and trust that my clients and the GSA have placed in Divine. Our plan going forward into 2007 is to leverage our recent success by investing in infrastructure and hiring talented individuals who can help Divine continue to grow and succeed," said Divine owner Kimberly Devane.