June 27, 2013 Updated: June 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm
A Colorado Springs-based company that advises and assists the military has won the 2013 Small Business Administration Prime Contractor award, defeating millions of other businesses in the competition.
INTECON received the award for its technical, advisory and assistance services dealing primarily in telecommunications and information technology for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, said Alan Omo, director of domestic operations for the company.
"It is a prestigious honor for us," Omo said. "The SBA oversees 28 million small businesses in the U.S., and this is the only award they give for the prime contractor, so, in essence, we are No. 1 of 28 million."
INTECON, which means Integrity Consulting, was founded in 1999 by Michael Anderson. The SBA classifies INTECON as a Service-Connected Disabled Veteran-owned small business because of "various medical issues" suffered by Anderson, who is a retired Army lieutenant colonel and Vietnam veteran, Omo said.
The company employs about 80 people; about 70 percent are veterans and 30 percent are service-disabled veterans, he said.
INTECON has received "exceptional" ratings for its contract work with NORAD and NORTHCOM each year since 2007, Omo said. INTECON won last year's Pike's Peak Region Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year award, which allowed it to enter SBA's Region VIII competition this year. The regional competition put it in contention with small businesses from Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, Omo said. After winning that category, the company won the national award against businesses from nine other regions.
In addition to its work with the military, INTECON has been recognized for its "monitoring and providing analysis of radiation contamination from the damaged Japanese nuclear reactor during the Japanese earthquake/tsunami recovery (and) providing translation and analysis on a Mexican government sponsored Web site dedicated to anti-drug efforts," according to its website.
The company also helps train guardsmen and women in disaster preparedness planning in all 50 states and four U.S. territories.
INTECON has received a five-year federal contract to continue its work with NORAD and U.S. NORTHCOM that runs through 2017.
"This award shows the government has the confidence that we can perform our contracts," Omo said. "Hopefully, with this award, other government customers will be assured that INTECON can support their missions also."
Contact Ned Hunter: 636-0275.