By Barbara Burch

Naval Supply Systems Command
Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville,
Office of Corporate Communications 

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Jacksonville Chapter teamed with Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville April 21 to sponsor the annual small business outreach training (SBOT) at the University of North Florida.

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 Naval Air Station Jacksonville Color Guard presented the colors during the national anthem sung by Linda Nelson, a Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville Office of Small Business Programs procurement analyst

Joint welcoming remarks were delivered by Capt. Rè Bynum, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville commanding officer and Capt. Drew Hascall, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast (NAVFAC SE) executive officer who discussed the important relationship between the U.S. Navy and small businesses partnering to support the warfighter.

The SBOT offered training classes from government agencies such including U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. General Services Administration, and NAVFAC SE.  

Several state and local government agencies also provided information on during 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 acquisition regulations. Small business owners and entrepreneurs provided advice from the small business owner's perspective. 

According to Caretha Brown-Griffin, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville director, Office of Small Business Programs, 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.