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K2Share, LLC Enters Into Mentor-Protégé Agreement with BAE Systems Information Technology, Inc.

 

04 February 2010

 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – K2Share, LLC is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Department of Homeland Security Mentor Protégé Program with BAE Systems. The Department of Homeland Security’s Mentor Protégé Program is designed to formalize relationships between a mentor (in this case, BAE Systems) and a protégé (in this case, K2Share) for the purpose of enhancing the capabilities of the protégé and improving the protégé’s ability to successfully compete for contracts. Additionally, it recognizes large companies who act as mentors for their efforts in growing and developing smaller, complimentary companies. The development of such partnerships promotes the acceleration of small business development and thereby strengthens the nation’s economy.

 

“This agreement represents a significant step in the maturity of our company,” said Pedro Smith-Blondet, K2Share’s Vice President of Federal Programs. “Not only is it an indication of the growth in our relationship with BAE Systems, but it is a representation of the reputation of K2Share and the professional manner in which our organization represents ourselves and our clients. We are honored to be among the very few selected for such a prestigious program and to be designated as a protégé to a mentor that is as successful and well respected as BAE Systems.”

 

BAE Systems reviews and approves candidates for the Mentor Protégé Program based on their corporate capabilities and complementary skills. The program limits participants in order to provide necessary focus for protégé development.

 

When making its selections, BAE Systems seeks small businesses that possess the following:

  • Core competencies that provide complementary skills – Niche-type offerings are often sought over those that are in large supply. Offerings, such as innovative and cutting-edge technology that will conform to customers’ requirements, are of significant interest.
  • Excellent past performance – Demonstrated performance at the prime or subcontract level in the Federal Sector. Commercial or second tier subcontracting is also given consideration.
  • Professional certifications  – Project Management Professional (PMP), Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), and International Standards Organization (ISO) certifications are frequently required.
  • Understanding of the Federal acquisition processes – Comprehension of the Request for Information/Request for Proposal (RFP)/award process and the FAR. The ability to analyze an RFP and provide well-developed responses that contribute to the win strategy of a team.
  • Sound financial structure – Well-established and demonstrating financial sustainability.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is the premier global defense, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded B#18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.

About K2Share

K2Share, LLC is a veteran-owned, privately-held IT company established in 2000 and headquartered in College Station, TX. Awarded one of the “Best Companies to Work for in Texas" for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, K2Share has employees in three states and the District of Columbia. Serving federal and state agencies, educational institutions, and corporations with work conducted in all 56 U.S. states and territories, K2Share provides information technology services, including: information assurance, FISMA compliant enterprise hosting, application management, help desk support, on-site technical assistance and e-learning solutions.
 
For more information about the company, or to find out how K2Share will make a difference in your organization, please call 979-260-0030 or visit www.K2Share.com.

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