Systems Made Simple Receives 2011 Veteran-owned Business Achievement Award

Small Business Administration Recognizes HIT Provider for Growth During Times of Business Adversity

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Systems Made Simple, Inc. (SMS), a leading provider of IT systems and services to support critical architecture, data and application challenges in the healthcare industry, today announced it has been awarded the 2011 Veteran-owned Business Achievement (VOBA) Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The VOBA Award recognizes exemplary veteran entrepreneurs and their businesses for achieving the following: staying power, growth in employees or sales, current and past financial performance, innovativeness of product or service, response to adversity, and contributions to community-oriented projects. SMS is a certified service-disabled, veteran-owned business and was selected for meeting all of the identified criteria.

“SMS was selected this year as the 2011 Veteran-Owned Business Achievement Award winner for its dramatic growth in sales and employees and its proven ability to respond to adversity. The road to success hasn’t always been easy—the economic impact of September 11, 2001 dramatically affected many small businesses, including SMS. With help from a timely SBA loan, SMS was able to work through the economic down-turn and realize the great success which they are being recognized for with this award,” said SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki.

SMS was founded in 1991 with the mission of developing integrated services that help businesses transform themselves. Employee growth has increased by 70 percent over the past two years and the company was ranked in the 2009 Inc. 500 list of top small businesses based on revenue. SMS has also been recognized for product ingenuity of the following systems:

  • Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER), in accordance with President Obama’s directive to create an electronic record exchange that will permit information vital to healthcare, benefits and services to be shared between the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs. VLER seamlessly integrates DoD data to VA data in order to create a single electronic record of health, benefits and personal data.
  • VA Time and Attendance System (VATAS), this system provides VA medical centers with an enterprise-wide time reporting tool that supports accounting and personnel benefit services through web applications, administration, maintenance, employee training and software updates.

Giving back to the military and veteran community is also important to SMS, and recognized by the VOBA award. The company’s charitable support includes the Paralyzed Veterans of America, America’s Freedom Festival and the Fisher House Foundation.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition and want to take this opportunity to thank SBA for its continued support,” said Al Nardslico, president and co-founder of SMS. “This award is a testament to our team’s dedication to IT systems and services that enable our clients to address their most challenging business needs.”

SMS was presented the VOBA Award at SBA’s Veterans Business Conference on March 15.

About SMS

Systems Made Simple (SMS) is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business that delivers leading IT solutions to Fortune 500 customers and federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency and General Services Administration. For more than 20 years, SMS has provided program management, integration services, data management, and systems and software engineering that address unique business and operational challenges. Each healthcare IT tool developed by SMS is customized to improve day-to-day business transactions, maximize efficiencies, eliminate risks and reduce costs. To learn more, visit

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) dedicates its energy and resources to providing support to small businesses and small-business owners across the nation. Since its inception nearly 60 years ago, SBA has helped millions of small business owners by providing the financial support, contracts, counseling and other forms of assistance they need to succeed. SBA's programs now include financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities and armed forces veterans. SBA also provides loans to victims of natural disasters and specialized advice and assistance in international trade. To learn more about SBA, visit


For Systems Made Simple
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Leslie Kirk, 770-576-2576
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