Kennewick small business named DOE Protégé of the Year

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I-3 Global provides IT services to MSA

Kris Lapp doesn’t know how to say no.

“My willingness to say yes keeps things going,” said Lapp, 35, a Kamiakin High School graduate. “I’ve always said if ever presented an amazing opportunity, say, ‘Yes,’ and we’ll figure out how to do it later.”

Because of this can-do attitude, Lapp’s Kennewick small business I-3 Global Inc. is being named the Department of Energy’s National Protégé of the Year at the DOE’s Small Business Forum and Expo in Kansas City this month.

DOE strongly believes in small businesses, Lapp said. Mission Support Alliance approached Lapp and I-3 Global to be a part of DOE’s mentor-protégé program.

“It allows a large government agency to act as a mentor to a small business,” Lapp said. “We do (information technology) services for Mission Support Alliance.”

At one point, MSA consisted of Lockheed Martin, Jacobs and Centerra.

“But Lockheed Martin made the decision to sell off its IT services,” Lapp said. “It made MSA nervous. But they also thought it would be great to develop a small business to fill in the gaps.”

Enter I-3 Global, a company Lapp founded in 2013 but didn’t start working for until 2015.

“I was still working at Energy Northwest until then,” said Lapp, who had established himself over the years by doing anti-terrorism work for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

I-3 Global specializes in IT/information systems, management services, security and staff augmentation. The company holds a Historically Underutilized Business Zone designation. Known as a HUBZone, this U.S. Small Business Administration program helps small businesses in urban and rural areas gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. The company’s main goal is to support local government agencies.

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Jeffrey Morrow

Jeffrey Morrow

Jeff Morrow retired from the Tri-City Herald in 2015. Jeff spent 30 years on the Herald’s sports staff, including the last 19 as the sports editor. Although he likes to write, Jeff still finds time to travel, golf and take care of his family’s three dogs. He and his wife of 31 years, Connie, have two adult daughters.

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