Special Forces to discuss small-business opportunities during Marshall event

The U.S. military spends billions of dollars each year contracting with small businesses for good and services. Individuals can learn how they can become part of that supply chain by attending the Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center’s (MAMC) Aug. 29 workshop “Doing Business with Special Operations Command” in Huntington.

“This event is part of our continuing effort to bring more military contracting dollars to West Virginia and the surrounding region,” said James Westbrook, MAMC government contracting specialist. “Nearly every small business is capable of becoming a supplier, and it’s a great way to diversify and open new markets.”

Ashley Farrier, director of the Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Special Operations Command, will be on hand to explain the types of good and services the military requires, what small businesses need to do to become contractors, and specific steps they can take to pursue contracting opportunities.

Farrier also will meet one-on-one with individuals, as time allows, to provide an opportunity for them to explain how their small businesses can contribute to the national defense.

In addition, she will highlight the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which awards federal dollars to small businesses to fund innovative product development.

The Aug. 29 free workshop will begin at 10 a.m. at MAMC Huntington, 1050 Fourth Ave. Those interested in attending are asked to register at www.mfg.marshall.edu/ussoc. The registration includes an option to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Farrier.

MAMC is a proud partner of the AIM Higher Consortium, which supports defense manufacturers across West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. Learn more about AIM Higher at www.aimhigherconsortium.org.

For more information, contact Westbrook at or 304-720-7740.

Aug. 7, 2023

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