A driving force

By Nancy Salem

Photography By Randy Montoya

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sandia total spending, economic impact up in 2015

Sandia total spending, economic impact up in 2015

BUSINESS CIRCLE — Judy Ortiz Rizek is owner and president of The Circuit Shop in Albuquerque, a small, woman-owned business that contracts with Sandia. The 35-year-old company makes printed circuit boards for a variety of departments at the Labs and is International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR, certified. Rizek says being a Sandia supplier has helped her company grow in size and skill. “Sandia is amazing,” she says. “It has given us every opportunity in the circuit board industry. The Labs stretch us to become better and better.” Download a PDF of the 2015 Economic Impact Report. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

Sandia spent roughly $983 million on goods and services in fiscal year 2015, up nearly $21 million from the previous year, and New Mexico businesses received more than $381 million, or 39 percent of the total, according to the Labs’ latest economic impact report.

US small businesses received more than 52 percent of the available dollars, about $519 million in Sandia contracts, with the New Mexico share totaling $259 million, or 68 percent of the small business total.

Compared with FY14, spending was up more than $19 million with New Mexico businesses and about $18 million with the state’s small companies. Total US small business spending increased about $64 million.

“These numbers show that Sandia continues to be a driving force in New Mexico’s economy,” says Don Devoti, manager of Small Business Utilization Dept. 10222. “We continue to set aggressive small business and supplier diversity goals and work diligently to meet or exceed those goals.”

Small businesses, diverse suppliers wanted

Sandia reaches out to local businesses through a variety of programs. It holds public forums with suppliers and civic leaders to discuss contracting opportunities and lists contracts on its Business Opportunities website. The Labs provides information to small and diverse business owners about doing business with Sandia and seeks qualified suppliers.

The 2015 Sandia National Laboratories Economic Impact report breaks down Sandia’s spending and spotlights its role in the economy. The 2015 data, reflecting actual payments made, is based on Sandia’s fiscal year from Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015. The report demonstrates Sandia’s continued commitment to small business, Don says.

Sandia’s overall economic impact in 2015:

  • $1.7 billion was spent on labor and non-contract-related payments.
  • $982.7 million went to contract-related payments.
  • $69.5 million went to the state of New Mexico for gross receipts taxes.
  • $77.8 million was spent through procurement card purchases.

“During the current fiscal year, Sandia procurement and our small business team are driven to exceed all our negotiated small business and supplier diversity goals, the standard by which our program is measured,” Don says. “We will continue to build upon our successes with HUBZone, Veteran, Service Disabled, and Small Disadvantaged businesses, where we exceeded our goals last year, to drive future success.”

Sandia helps the state’s economy through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program, established by the state Legislature in 2000 to help companies with technical support from the Labs. In 2014, the Sandia NMSBA provided $2.31 million in technical assistance to 197 New Mexico small businesses in 27 counties. Since 2000, it has provided more than $29 million in assistance.

Giving back to the community

Sandia employees also gave more than $6.5 million in 2015-2016 to the United Way of Central New Mexico as the largest corporate contributor to the agency.

Sandia employees contribute their time to area community groups as volunteers, supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education through a variety of programs, such as family science and math nights and engineering challenges, that reach thousands of students.

Don says Sandia is committed to strengthening its relationships with the New Mexico business community and building new and enduring partnerships.

“Sandia National Laboratories has a long and distinguished record of encouraging and partnering with highly qualified, diverse small business suppliers who assist us in achieving our national security mission,” he says. “We are fully committed to continuing this track record and making a difference to the New Mexico economy.”