|NCI brokered a meeting where prime contractors met with small businesses to discuss future subcontracting opportunities.
For a number of years, the NCI Office of Acquisitions has been dedicated to facilitating and participating in events that promote opportunities for small businesses. The institute recently partnered with the Maryland department of business and economic development (MDBED) to host a match-making event, where current prime contractors met with small businesses to discuss future subcontracting opportunities. The “Primes Meet Subs” event was the first of its kind at NCI.
In total, there were 14 prime contractors who participated, interviewing more than 140 small businesses. More than 20 veteran-owned small business and service disabled veteran-owned small business concerns also participated in the event.
In addition to interviews, participants had the opportunity to speak with representatives from federal, state and local government.
Throughout the day, prime contractors and small businesses alike indicated their appreciation to NCI and MDBED for envisioning and executing such an event. Kristen Mistichelli, director of the NCI Office of Acquisitions, highlighted the importance of these opportunities in building relationships between businesses: “I am thrilled with the level of participation and high accolades that this event has received. I know of opportunities for small businesses that have already been made possible by this event. That is important on many levels. The NCI is committed to small business engagement whenever and however we can incorporate it into our business process.”
For more information about events hosted by the Office of Acquisitions, visit http://rcb.nci.nih.gov/rcb-internet/.