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Local businesses have a chance on Wednesday, Nov. 4 to get a piece of a $1.8 billion pie. That’s how much NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville spent with direct and indirect contractors last year.
The Mobile Area Chamber will host the NASA Business Forum, featuring senior procurement experts from four NASA service centers in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi, as well as representatives from major aerospace prime contractors.
“Small businesses play a key role in helping NASA achieve its mission, and are essential to NASA’s success in so many ways. Like helping us journey to Mars, or advancing our leadership in Earth and climate science, or improving our capabilities supporting the innovation economy,” said David Brock, small business specialist with Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
At the day-long event, attendees will hear from NASA small business specialists on the acquisition process, upcoming business opportunities, best practices to win a direct contract or subcontract, and helpful marketing tools and advice. Following the presentation, attendees will also meet face-to-face with the representatives in a trade-show style forum.
“NASA’s Business Forum is a rare opportunity for our local and regional companies to have one-on-one access to numerous procurement specialists at one time in one place. And, just as important, is meeting the other attendees. A lot of partnerships and deals start at the forum,” said Danette Richards, the Chamber’s director of small business development.
“Even if a company isn’t in a position to do business directly with NASA, there are still many opportunities for companies in the supplier pipeline for subcontracting,” she added.
Open to small, medium and large companies, the forum helps NASA reach out to small, disadvantaged, women-owned, disabled Veteran and Veteran-owned businesses, and those located in historically underutilized business zones. The Chamber last hosted this event in 2013, drawing 200-plus attendees and more than 20 prime contractors and business development agencies.
The NASA centers and contractors are in search of a variety of business partners, including those to help with:
There is limited availability to attend the forum, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. The cost is $75 and includes breakfast and lunch. Contact Brenda Rembert at 251-431-8607 to check on availability.
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