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NAVSEA Highlights Defense Contracting Processes at Small Biz Industry Event

The Naval Sea Systems Command drew more than 200 representatives from the small business community to an industry day held Tuesday at the Washington Navy Yard.

The event aimed to increase small businesses’ awareness of the defense contracting processes and featured a discussion among multiple U.S. Navy offices and industry partners, the service branch said Thursday.

Event participants expressed an interest in learning the methods to accelerate the contract funding process as well as to win indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.

“Our mission is to expand the advantage,” said NAVSEA Executive Director Jim Smerchansky.

“We do that by including the views, expertise and talent employed by small business.”

The Navy noted that the command buys goods and services worth more than $2 billion each year from small businesses.

Cindy Shaver, director of NAVSEA contracts, also advised vendors to explore prime or subcontracting opportunities and review the command’s Long Range Acquisition Forecast document.

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