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August 18, 1999

Laser International Wins Award
From Small Business Administration

Upton, NY - Laser International, a small, minority-owned computer supplies and office equipment business based in Melville, Long Island, has been named the "Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year" by the Small Business Administration. The national award recognizes excellence in business services provided for government contractors such as the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory.

After Brookhaven Lab honored Laser International with a "Supplier of the Year" award at its Small Business Conference in 1998, Dennis Hall, the Small & Small Disadvantaged Business Liaison Officer for the Laboratory's Contracts & Procurement Division, nominated the company for the 1999 Small Business Administration award. Many business criteria are considered in choosing the winner of the award, including the company's expertise in its area of business, growth and potential, all-around business acumen and customer satisfaction.

Laser International has been in business for seven years and has two employees. During fiscal year 1998, Brookhaven Lab signed 271 contracts with Laser International, totaling $325,800. Mr. Hall commented, "Laser International has demonstrated its ability to service Brookhaven's account in a timely and efficient manner, with outstanding professionalism and dedication."

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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