EXB Solutions is Awarded Small Business Contractor of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Award

Minneapolis, MN – (July 8, 2020): EXB Solutions, Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) specializing in safety critical software has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2020 Region 5 Small Business Subcontractor of the Year. SBA’s Region 5 covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. A part of the Federal Procurement Awards Category, this award honors small businesses that have provided the government and industry with outstanding goods and services as subcontractors.

Nominated by Collins Aerospace, this award recognizes EXB’s outstanding software development contributions on a major program since late 2018. The Fly-by-Wire software team at Collins Aerospace was asked by their customer, Boeing, to ramp up efforts to complete their milestones to meet their commitments for the new Boeing 777X airplane.

“We are honored to be nominated by Collins Aerospace and recognized by the Small Business Administration. It is one of the nation’s highest honors for small businesses like us and underscores our mission and passion to contribute to the nation’s critical infrastructure,” says Chris Schwartzbauer, President and CEO of EXB Solutions. The award was evaluated on Contract Performance, Customer Interface and Innovativeness of service(s) offered to Collins Aerospace.

During the course of the project, four engineering service providers, built teams to support the plan. Throughout 2019, each vendor’s performance was measured in qualitative and quantitative ways to identify the best-earned value, on-time delivery, and capability. “EXB was rated as one of the top vendors on our projects and showed higher earned value over the four-vendor average through our initial deliveries. Through our expansion on the project, EXB demonstrated their ability to build their team, engage quickly, and add value to hit our safety of flight milestones,” says Brian Dugan, Avionics Group Leader at Collins Aerospace. 

EXB leveraged successful past performance to implement an engagement approach that allowed its engineers to support Collins Aerospace efforts without increasing burden on technical managers. Dave Surrett, Program Manager at EXB who led the Collins’ team further explains, “EXB’s purpose is to help customers build high-quality software. Our managed engagement approach and agile teams provided flexibility and dynamic response to the changing needs of Collins Aerospace. This helped Collins assign additional scope to meet milestones.”

Run by the U.S. Small Business Administration, year after year, the National Small Business Awards have celebrated the inspiring achievements of America’s small businesses and the countless contributions they make to their local communities, and to the US’s economy. “It’s an honor for me to recognize the National Small Business Week state and territorial winners from across the nation whose exceptional hard work has created and built successful small businesses,” stated Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). “These women and men have not only realized their dreams of entrepreneurship but have also been tremendous job creators, helping to expand our economy. They represent the 30 million American small businesses – our nation’s innovators and risk-takers,” she added.

The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

About Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. (NYSE: RTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.

About SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

About EXB
EXB Solutions Inc. partners with Fortune 100 clients to build powerful technology for safety and mission-critical applications in the aerospace, defense and medical device industries. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the service-disabled veteran-owned small business has developed systems engineering and embedded software solutions for over 19+ years. Our software solutions have helped fly successful space missions, enhanced patients’ lives through innovative, leading-edge medical devices, and advanced commercial, defense and aerospace systems. Learn more at www.exbsolutions.com.

Dipika Pillay