Chamber taking nominations for Small Business of the Year

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce is taking nominations for the 2007 Bank of Oklahoma Small Business of the Year. The nomination form is available on the Edmond Chamber Web page. Nominations close Nov. 1, 2007.

To nominate a business, call the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce at 341-2808 or e-mail Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Web site and faxed in to the Chamber at 340-5512. Businesses can nominate themselves. Any individual can nominate any business that meets the criteria.

For more information, call the Chamber office or visit

Edward Jones Investments leases space in Bristol Park

Edward Jones Investments has leased 1,150 square feet of office space in Bristol Park Center, a professional office building near 150th Street and Bristol Park Boulevard in Edmond. The Edmond branch of Edward Jones Investments is headed by Debbie Koenesci.

Edward Jones Investments is a leader in the financial services industry known for its long-term philosophy that emphasizes quality and diversification, and its personal approach to business that starts with face-to-face meetings between the financial advisers and their clients.

Benham/SAIC awarded NASA moon mission facilities contract

Science Applications International Corporation recently announced that its subsidiary, Benham Companies LLC, has been awarded a $51.4 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to design, engineer and build two testing facilities.

Both facilities will support development of the Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts to the International Space Station and the moon in the next decade, and will be among the largest such facilities ever built.

The period of performance of the contract is 18 months, with an additional six months of post-commissioning technical support. The two projects will be developed at the Space Power Facility at Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, which is operated by NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

As part of the contract, Benham also will design and deliver a new high-speed data acquisition system to collect, correlate and analyze testing data from these two facilities.

These two new testing facilities and the other facilities being readied under separate efforts will allow the Orion spacecraft, consisting of the launch abort system and the crew and service modules, to undergo thermal-vacuum, acoustic, mechanical vibration and electromagnetic compatibility evaluations within the confines of the SPF during development and qualification.

These new testing facilities also will support NASA’s Constellation Program’s future spacecraft and other systems required for exploration missions to the Moon, Mars and other destinations in the solar system.

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