July 8, 2016 – The Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation (Jeffco EDC) hosted the inaugural Aerospace and Defense Small Business Industry Day at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood, CO on Tuesday June 28th. The event was a sellout with 350 attendees from across the nation. Jefferson County was one of two locations selected in the U.S. to host a contract opportunity event.
The all-day event provided attendees with an overall look at what is happening in the Colorado aerospace industry, breakout sessions on key business topics, networking opportunities, and individual matchmaking meetings with prime contractors for small businesses. The event was also a first for several NASA centers including NASA’s Ames Research Center, Armstrong Flight Research Center, Glenn Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, and Marshall Space Flight Center in their efforts to increase outreach to small businesses.
Jeffco EDC’s Board Chairman, John Moore, kicked off the event welcoming the crowd and highlighting the region’s aerospace industry.
“A growing part of Colorado’s aerospace industry is in Jefferson County, which accounts for more than thirty percent of the aerospace employment in the metro Denver region,” said Moore. “With its highly educated workforce, world-renowned research institutions, and globally positioned companies, the county is a high-tech hub for aerospace companies.”
Additional featured speakers included U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman (R) (CO-6) and U.S. Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D) (CO-7). Mark Teskey, Director, Small Business Programs Department of the US Air Force was the lunch keynote speaker.
Many Aerospace and Defense Prime Contractors participated in the one-on-one matchmaking sessions, including, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, Boeing, ULA, Sierra Nevada Corp., CH2M, Harris Corp., Jacobs Engineering, Teledyne, and Arcata Associates, Inc.
The event was designed to give small businesses the information they need to obtain and perform business under local, state and federal government contracts and also with large prime contractors, like Lockheed Martin Space Systems.
The U.S. uses the procurement process to advance socio-economic policies and objectives and to ensure that a fair proportion of purchases, contracts and subcontracts be placed with small businesses. The U.S. also ensures a level playing field to allow 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB, WOSB, EDWOSB, and small business concerns to compete for Contracting Opportunities.