ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CALIBRE Systems, Inc. (CALIBRE) continues to mentor Yorktown Systems Group (YSG), a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) protégé, and Alabama A&M University (AAMU), a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Huntsville, Alabama. The Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé program helps small disadvantaged businesses to expand their marketplace participation and develop technical capabilities.
Since July 2009, CALIBRE has assisted YSG to develop and grow their capabilities to deliver agile technical solutions for the Army that operate on and off the battlefield. With the assistance of students and faculty at AAMU, the team is building a prototypical mobile application that solves a real-world problem. The application, which is customizable to support a number of inventory and logistics needs, is planned to go into live beta testing later this summer in San Antonio, Texas.
“This program is going great,” said YSG CEO, Bryan Dyer. “I want to particularly credit the performances of CALIBRE Program Manager, Cherlyn McIntee, and Technical/Quality Assurance Lead, Katherine Di Crocco. This Mentor-Protégé agreement between CALIBRE and YSG has been a true success story for all involved.”
With CALIBRE’s support, YSG will be able to pursue future prime and subcontracting opportunities in both federal and commercial spaces, and is on track to becoming Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 2 rated later this year.
AAMU has benefitted through increased subcontracting opportunities for the AAMU Rise Foundation. The HBCU has also created a job stream for the students who participate in this program, including Tandria Allen, a computer science major and one of the original students and female graduates of the Alabama A&M master’s program. Ms. Allen credits her experience on the CALIBRE mobile app project for obtaining a systems engineering position at a large government contractor. Providing a pathway for women of color into a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field in support of the DoD fulfills a key AAMU mission.
“The Mentor-Protégé program is central to CALIBRE’s approach to supporting small businesses, and it has proven to be a resounding success,” said Joe Martore, CALIBRE President & CEO. “Working to develop small businesses’ technical abilities and partnering with historically black colleges and universities each align with our Corporate Objectives to Leverage Technology and Be Good Citizens.”
About the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program
Since 1991, the Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Program has encouraged major DoD prime contractors (mentors) to develop the technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses (protégés) to successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards under individual, project-based agreements. Helping them to expand the overall base of their marketplace participation has produced more jobs and increased national income.
Alexandria, Virginia-based CALIBRE Systems, Inc. is an employee-owned management consulting and information technology solutions company supporting government and industry. CALIBRE is committed to the success of their clients and delivering enduring solutions that solve management, technology, and program challenges.
For more information about CALIBRE, please visit www.calibresys.com.