As Idaho National Laboratory’s Small Business Program manager, Francis has significantly grown the small business portion of INL’s contract portfolio. In Fiscal Year 2015, the program exceeded all six socioeconomic goals for the second time since Francis has been in charge of it, a press release said. Her efforts resulted in exceeding the small disadvantaged business goal by 40 percent and the woman-owned goal by more than 200 percent.
“These accomplishments help ensure the lab and government have access to the best competitive rates while supporting a sufficient small business base to ensure quality delivery of services and products,” said Rick Provencher, DOE-Idaho Operations Office manager.
“She is a great coach, and a great cheerleader for the entire small business team,” said Don Stevens, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Support manager.
Within INL, Francis initiated the Procurement Primer, a presentation that provides training to INL employees interested in the procurement process. She also worked with Information Management to maximize the use of small businesses for a variety of staff augmentation needs.
As part of the INL outreach program, she renewed a local Small Business Workshop to help small business owners understand how to market their businesses to the government and government contractors. More than 30 small business owners attended, half of them newcomers to the government small business market.
Francis was recognized for her dedicated support to INL’s Small Business Program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 15th Annual DOE Small Business Forum & Expo on May 24 in Atlanta, Ga.