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The Department of the Navy Promotes Business Opportunities in Little Rock

by Melanie Berman - October 11, 2017

The U.S. Navy is coming to Little Rock next week to host a series of outreach programs. Tucked between Navy Band musical performances and job fairs will be the Small Business Workshop on Oct. 18 at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's state office.

Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center is co-hosting the workshop with the Department of the Navy's Office of Small Business Programs. We invite Arkansas businesses to come learn about contracting opportunities with the Navy and Marine Corps. 

Register online or call our APAC office for more information at 501-671-2390. 

The following is a press release about the workshop from Navy's Office of Small Business Programs.

In fiscal year 2016, the Department of the Navy, which includes the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps, awarded about $25 million in contracts to small businesses in the state of Arkansas, and $8.75 million dollars in the city of Little Rock. While the dollars amount is substantial, we are confident that Arkansas businesses both small and large, have the innovation, agility and flexibility to help the Department of the Navy provide products and services that support our warfighters at home and aboard.

The Department of the Navy’s Office of Small Business Programs in partnership with the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center will hold a “Doing Business with the Department of the Navy” workshop on Oct. 18 at the Cooperative Extension Service auditorium in Little Rock.

The Department of the Navy needs to expand additive manufacturing adapts force packaging, grant rapid prototyping, and allow experimentation which creates opportunity for small businesses. Our trip to Little Rock helps to ensure we are expanding opportunities for both large and small business to contribute to the Department of the Navy’s mission.

The Department of the Navy's Office of Small Business Programs website contains information to help small businesses compete for those opportunities. It also provides links to 10 major buying activities, information on the long range acquisition forecast of those activities, our strategic framework, and other resources that will help you understand the Navy and Marine acquisition and contract process.

In addition, the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Program, also provides opportunities for small businesses to solve tough naval capability and performance challenges by providing us with innovative solutions, cost savings, and schedule efficiencies.

We’re committed to building a robust industrial base by creating a small business friendly culture through policy, training, and advocacy. To create this culture, our office has been raising small business awareness with our small business and acquisition professionals and advocating for small business inclusion.

Currently, the top 10 small business industries working with the Department of the Navy include:

- Engineering services
- Commercial and institutional building construction
- Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences
- Ship building and repairing
- Facilities support services
- Deep sea freight transportation
- Computer related services
- Search, detection, navigation, guidance, aeronautical, and nautical system and  instrument manufacturing
- General medical and surgical hospitals
- Highway, street, and bridge construction

However, we need your help. In order to compete and win contracts with the Navy and Marine Corps you must do your homework. If you’d like to do business with the government, here are some tips:

View the Long Range Acquisition Forecast to find out which activities are buying the products and services your organization provides.

Attend an industry day, matchmaking session, workshop or conference to understand how the Navy and Marine Corps acquisition process works. All outreach events can be found here.

Contact your local small business representatives in Arkansas for assistance at the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center, Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Centers.

In the Arkansas area we have a variety of small businesses under contract to include: small arms ammunition manufacturing, administration of education programs, motor and generator manufacturing, petroleum lubricating oil and grease manufacturing, paint, paper and coating manufacturing and colleges, universities, and professional schools.

If you attend our upcoming Little Rock Event Wednesday, Oct. 18th during Navy Week, you can learn:

- How the Department of the Navy’s acquisition strategy focuses on small business because of their flexibility to meet mission needs.

- How the Department of the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Program gives small businesses the opportunity to solve tough Naval capability and performance challenges by providing innovative solutions, cost savings, and schedule efficiencies.

- How the Department of the Navy is organized with 10 buying commands in the U.S. along with a Small Business Program Director.

We believe that small business inclusion is, and will continue to be, an integral part of the Navy’s acquisition process. Through the efforts of small business professionals and advocates we’ll continue to find innovation and resourceful enterprises.

For more information call the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center at 501-671-2390.

Emily Harman is director of the Department of the Navy's Office of Small Business Programs.

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