More than 100 people and 55 companies attended a small business outreach event on April 18 at the Thompson Alumni Center on the University of Nebraska campus in Omaha. The collaborative hosts of the event included the local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Air Force 55th Wing.
“The focus of the event was to identify small businesses that could potentially provide necessary services in support of the Offutt recovery effort,” said Debbie Newberry, DynCorp International Small Business senior manager. “Offutt Air Force Base was extensively damaged by the Nebraska flood and recovery efforts are ongoing.”
The event was divided into two phases – the first included speakers from the PTAC, SBA, the Air Force and DynCorp International (DI). The second phase was a breakout session where DI representatives learned the small businesses’ capabilities and answered any questions about the project or doing business with DI.
“We believe the event overall was a success by aligning capable small businesses with potential solutions for contingency-related recovery efforts at Offutt AFB,” added Debbie.
The hosts of the event included: Eric Mahowald, director, Business Operations, U.S. Air Force 55th Contracting Squadron; MSgt. Paul Erickson, Administrative Contracting Officer; Veronica Doga, program director, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Charles Mason, U.S. Small Business Administration; and from DI: Billy Harlin, Quentin Harvey, Bridget Elero, Terri McCord, Genifer Clark and Debbie Newberry.