HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Small businesses play a big role in providing goods and services to the Department of Defense. Huntsville is a hot bed for what the department looks for.
Andre Gudger, DOD Director of Small Business, said, "Redstone is like, we call it Washington D.C. South and so it shows the connection and the tie back to the Pentagon and here. It's seamless."
At a small business industry outreach event held on Redstone Arsenal in mid-February, representatives from the DOD and various small businesses got the chance to meet face-to-face and connect for success.
Of the companies in attendance, Gudger said, "I think you're going to have companies that want to do business with the DOD and currently do not. I think you're going to see companies here who are doing business with the Department of Defense and want more and you're going to see some very mature companies looking to augment their offering by finding the latest and greatest companies and technologies out there."
Jay Kurowsky is the President and CEO of Aleta Technologies in Huntsville. While his company already has several sub-contracts with the DOD, outreach events like this provide even more opportunities.
Kurowsky said, "these opportunities are wonderful for that purpose exactly because it's the government telling us what they're looking for and what opportunities are coming and what you need to be competitive."
While it may be a business relationship, it's also a two-way street, with small business gaining more work and the DOD gaining more knowledge.
Andre Gudger explained, "They tell me what right. They tell me what's working. They tell me what's wrong. They give me great ideas and we're able to take that back and do something with that. That's how good policy and programs are formed, by listening."
With this partnership stronger than ever, we can expect to watch the Redstone community grow.
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