2019 Small Business of the Year Awards – Part 1

The Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO) Small Business Office recognized Data Power Design, Inc. (DPDI) in the first annual NOAA Small Business Program Awards.

Data Power Design, Inc. (DPDI) President John Nellenback receives the Small Business of the Year Award from AGO Director Jeffrey Thomas at NOAA’s Small Business Industry Day, April 4, 2019

Data Power Design, Inc. (DPDI) President John Nellenback received the award from AGO Director Jeffrey Thomas on April 4, 2019. NOAA’s first Small Business of the Year Awards were presented during Small Business Industry Day, with over 400 attendees.  

DPDI has a history of excelling in challenging encounters and is recognized by the National Weather Service (NWS) for its outstanding efforts in developing and implementing innovative solutions to address the NWS shortage of lifting gases for numerous Upper Air Observing Systems. Upper Air Observing Systems are a critical part of the NWS operations and support the NWS mission to protect lives and property and enhance our economy.

DPDI completed each task order timely, within the scope of the work statement, and with no modifications. DPDI has successfully completed numerous task orders, with significant emphasis on the safety and efficiency necessary for the proper implementation of lifting gas conversions at the NWS sites. These accomplishments will help keep the Upper Air program functioning, even during critical supply shortages.

The Small Business Program Awards recognize small businesses who demonstrate outstanding performance, accomplishment, and a spirit of partnership in support of NOAA's mission. AGO recognizes the important role that small businesses play in the successful execution of the NOAA mission.