Thursday, January 29, 2009

NAVSEA and PEOs Reach Out to Small Businesses

NNS090129-17. NAVSEA and PEOs Reach Out to Small Businesses

From Program Executive Office Littoral and Mine Warfare Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy Program Executive Office for Submarines (PEO Subs) and the Program Executive Office for Littoral and Mine Warfare (PEO LMW) hosted a conference for Hispanic-owned small businesses (HOSB) Jan. 27-29 at California State University, Los Angeles.

"The purpose of this conference is to develop partnerships so NAVSEA can better harness the power of small businesses in our efforts to keep our Navy number one in the world," said Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander, Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command.

The conference also provided an unprecedented forum where HOSB owners could connect directly with senior Navy and industry leaders to learn, collaborate and explore ways that the Navy can benefit from the vast product and service offerings of the nation's HOSBs.

"We're very proud that during the past 10 years PEO SUBS has spent more than $1 billion in small business contracts," said PEO SUBS Executive Director Jack Evans.

Conference participants participated in informational sessions to learn, collaborate, and explore ways in which they could offer their products and services to the U.S. Navy. They also had unique one-on-one networking opportunities to establish relationships with prime contractors and other small businesses as well as with senior Navy officials. Most importantly they learned from other small business owners who have succeeded in supporting the U.S. Navy on how to successfully compete for a small business initiative proposal.

"We need to embrace the small business partner and encourage them. At PEO LMW small business is big business," said Victor Gavin, executive director of PEO LMW.

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