Gallup, NM Small Business receives technical assistance from national laboratory for Unexploded Ordnance
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Advanced Impact Environmental has been awarded up to $20,000 in technical assistance from the NMSBA Program at Sandia National Labs
Gallup, NM – The UNM-Gallup Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation (GGEDC) today announced that Sandia National Laboratories has awarded up to $20,000 in technical assistance to Advanced Impact Environmental, a Gallup, NM-based business, under the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program to advance their work in UXO – unexploded ordnance.
“Advanced Impact CEO Craig Morris and his partner Amanda Gomez have been marketing their environmental remediation company with local, state, tribal and federal governments especially in areas contaminated with military munitions, making them safe for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and other uses,” said Cyndi Jarvison, UNM-Gallup SBDC Director. “The technical assistance awarded to Advanced Impact Environmental speaks to the SBDC motto of Building New Mexico’s Economy One Business at a Time”.
Advanced Impact Environmental currently has a patent pending on an Advanced Ordnance Remediation System, designed to eliminate the need for multiple personnel using metal detectors and shovels to detect and locate unexploded ordnance. With the government’s R&D program in recent years averaging more than $2 billion, Morris and Gomez have their sights set on growing their Sandia National Labs work to obtain a larger piece of that pie while advancing their unique approach to unexploded ordnance disposal.
Advanced Impact Environmental was introduced to Sandia National Laboratories and made aware of the NM Small Business Assistance Program through a forum organized by Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation (GGEDC) and attended by the UNM-Gallup SBDC, as part of a focused and collaborative effort to increase tech transfers into McKinley County to spur economic development by leveraging the resources and expertise of the two federal research laboratories located in New Mexico – Los Alamos and Sandia national labs.
“It is the mission of the GGEDC to drive economic growth through strategic partnering,” said Patty Lundstrom, GGEDC Executive Director. “Our work with the UNM-Gallup SBDC and Sandia National Labs is critical and when we our partnerships are successful, local businesses in McKinley County like Advanced Impact Environmental stand to benefit.”
About the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network (NMSBDC)
The New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network (NMSBDC) was established in 1989 through a partnership with the US Small Business Administration, the State of New Mexico, the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges, and the New Mexico Association of Independent Community Colleges. The NMSDC Network State Office is located on the campus of the Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, NM. The program provides no cost business consulting and low cost business training to entrepreneurs throughout the state. Strategically located in 20 communities throughout New Mexico, serving all 33 counties, NMSBDC’s consultants bring over 773 years of combined small business management and ownership expertise and have helped to create more than 25,000 jobs in the state since NMSBDC’s inception. Entrepreneurs have access to subject matter experts in everything from accounting to social media and franchising to e-commerce. For more information visit www.nmsmdc.org.
About Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation (GGEDC)
Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation organized around the experience and talent of its Board of Directors and the professional management and economic development expertise of its Executive Director. GGEDC serves as the official Economic Development Organization (EDO) for the City of Gallup and McKinley County. For more information, visit: www.GallupEDC.com.
About New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program
The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program allows New Mexico small businesses facing a technical challenge to access the unique expertise and capabilities of Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. At no cost to the business, small businesses with a technical challenge can seek assistance from lab scientists or engineers for projects that require testing, design consultation and access to special equipment or facilities. For more information, visit: www.nmsbaprogram.org
Cynthia M. Jarvison, Director
UNM Gallup Small Business Development Center
Gallup, New Mexico
Patty Lundstrom, Executive Director
Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation