The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded 25 high-tech small businesses throughout the country with the Tibbetts award, which honor outstanding small businesses and individuals who participate in the organization’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
Geocent, a software engineering firm with headquarters in Metairie and offices in six other locations, is of one this year’s honorees. The company provides technology solutions across a number of functional areas including government, defense, homeland security, aerospace and social services, and commercial industries such as oil and gas exploration, marine transportation, and healthcare.
“It is the innovative entrepreneurs and high growth small businesses like our award recipients and Hall of Fame inductees who help power our economy and move it forward by creating new jobs and making our industries globally competitive,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “Their accomplishments remind us all of how integral the success of high growth small businesses are to making our country more globally competitive.”
Tibbetts award winners are selected based on the economic impact of their technological innovation, and on whether they have met federal research and development needs, encouraged diverse participation in technological innovation, and increased the commercialization of federal research.