Local and regional businesses will have an opportunity to network with representatives from NASA and its prime contractor in Jackson County.

The Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County Economic Development Authority, in partnership with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, will host a business forum titled, “How to Launch Your Business With NASA,” on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Goose Pond Colony Civic Center.

The event is open to all businesses and will allow them to connect with Senior NASA representatives and their prime contractors. The program will guide businesses through the process of working with NASA as a supplier, subcontractor and/or service provider.

Marshall’s projected procurement budget in 2019 is approximately $16.6 billion and numerous procurement opportunities are available for small business participation each fiscal year.

“We are excited to bring David Brock and the NASA team back to Jackson County,” said Rick Roden, president and CEO of Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve had success in this area before, and we hope to help other businesses duplicate the success that Avans, Inc. has experienced. Their attendance in the past led to eventually doing business with Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne, so we encourage regional organizations from all levels to attend.”

Over 20 prime contractors will be in attendance at this returning event. The program includes Marshall Associate Center Director Steve Miley, Marshall Small Business Specialist David Brock, Troy Miller of NASA Shared Services Center, Marshall Small Business Technical Advisor Lynn Garrison and Esther Veras of NASA Mentor Protégé Program.

Additionally, there will be a prime contractor panel that consists of representatives from five NASA contractors. The event will conclude with a dedicated networking session with those prime contractors. There will also be a chance to connect with area businesses, thanks to the technology provided by Mixtroz.com.

“The key to any successful business endeavor is building relationships,” said Brock. “This event will provide those in attendance the opportunity to network with key Marshall procurement and technical personnel, and representatives of several major contractors. Remember, you’ve got to make contacts to make contracts, and that is what this event is really about. From pencil erasers to rockets, there is an opportunity for you.

For more information, or to register for the event, visit nasa.mountainlakeschamber.org.

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