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Small Business Forum Brings DoD, Industry Together

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Story Number: NNS080727-07
Release Date: 7/27/2008 8:07:00 AM

By Don Rochon, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific cohosted a joint small business forum with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Hawaii Small Business Development Center July 24 at the Honolulu Country Club.

Presentations from the Small Business Administration, the Navy, Army, Air Force and Hawaii small business contractors were part of the forum. Rear Adm. Michael Giorgione, commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific, was the keynote speaker.

Presentations and workshops at the forum included information about subcontracting opportunities with the Department of Defense (DoD), Small Business Administration programs and certification requirements, putting together a well-written proposal, and quality assurance and safety requirements.

"The Department of Defense's annual Small Business Forum is an excellent forum for small businesses to hear what the military commands have accomplished and where they are headed in contracting activities," explained Andrew Poepoe, district director, U.S. Small Business Administration Hawaii.

"Small businesses have a chance to network with federal officers, with large businesses and with other small businesses. In fiscal 2007 federal agencies provided $1.1 billion to small businesses in the Hawaii jurisdiction, a very sizeable amount of contract dollars."

This year's forum marks the sixth annual meeting where representatives from the DoD present contracting information to the small business community in Hawaii. Robust communication and dialogue were part of the forum, which encouraged participants' questions. More than 200 people attended the sold-out event.

"This was a wonderful opportunity for the small business community in Hawaii to participate in a forum with the Department of Defense and other federal agencies in Hawaii," said Floria Pang, NAVFAC Pacific's small and disadvantaged business advisor. "The Navy was proud to be a cosponsor of the event."

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