BY BARBARA BURCH
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER JACKSONVILLE
National Contract Management Association, Jacksonville Chapter, teamed with NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville to sponsor the third annual Small Business Outreach Training (SBOT) at the University of North Florida April 21, 2017.
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Welcoming remarks provided by NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Re Bynum.
The SBOT event is an all in one educational opportunity for government and industry personnel to interact and exchange current information on program management, logistics and acquisition through mentoring, workshops, and training classes.
The event began with the Naval Air Station Jacksonville’s Color Guard’s presentation of Colors followed by the National Anthem, sung by Linda Nelson, a NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Office of Small Business Programs procurement analyst.
Joint welcoming remarks were delivered by Capt. Re Bynum, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville commanding officer and Capt. Drew Hascall, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast (NAVFAC SE) executive officer discussing the important relationship between the U.S. Navy and small businesses partnering to support the warfighter.
The SBOT offered training classes from government agencies including U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. General Services Administration, and NAVFAC SE.
Several state and local government agencies also provided information on doing business with the state of Florida, Duval County, and the Jacksonville Transit Authority.
Panel discussions and workshops were offered on many subjects including government acquisition, federal labor, and Federal Acquisition Regulations.
Small business owners and entrepreneurs provided advice from the small business owner’s perspective.
According to NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville, Office of Small Business Programs Director Caretha Brown-Griffin the SBOT is highly recommended for any small business owner and entrepreneur.
“By the end of the day, I had received at least 12 phone calls and four email messages from attendees. They are motivated and interested in learning more about business opportunities with NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville and the U.S. Navy,” said Brown-Griffin.
The event wrapped up with matchmaking sessions with industry professionals mentoring small business participants, strengthening the positive relationship of small businesses and government contracting.