ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A national research and development laboratory announced a 5 percent pricing preference for qualified New Mexico small businesses.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Sandia National Laboratories' Supply Chain Integration Department Senior Manager Delfinia Salazar says the preference could apply to about $100 million in competitive subcontract awards during the first year of the program.

The program would apply to subcontracts for research and development, customized equipment, professional services, commercial items and information technology.

Sandia will apply the 5 percent preference while evaluating subcontract awards worth $150,000 to $5 million. When a qualified New Mexico small business submits a bid, the labs will add 5 percent to the bids of other businesses that don't qualify as New Mexico small businesses.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,