Palmetto Scholars Academy Advance to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Their task was to create a “haunted” environment with a narrator character and another character who experienced special effects. Their solution—a giant computer set that opens to reveal a “virus infected motherboard.” Special effects engineered by seven middle-school students create a haunted computer environment. This solution, presented by Palmetto Scholars Academy students at state competition, earned them a ticket to World Finals in May. They and another Palmetto Scholars Academy team (who invented a musical instrument) travel to Iowa in May to represent South Carolina against over 800 teams, world-wide. To be able to compete, though, these 14 kids have had to raise $8,000 in six weeks. They have raised a portion of their funds, but are still $4,000 short of their goal.


Kick Off Event supporting the Coast Guard Cutter HAMILTON Commissioning

What: The first in a series of events to support the Captain and Crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter HAMILTON.
CAPT Doug Fears, Prospective Commanding Officer, will be the keynote speaker.
Complimentary Reception Menu, Beer & Wine
Where:Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention center 5055 International Blvd, North Charleston SC
When:Friday, April 25, 204, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


HAMILTON will homeported in Charleston, arriving November 2014. Commissioning Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, 6 Dec 14, location TBD.

WID Monthly Luncheon

Charleston, SC- The Women in Defense (WID) Palmetto Chapter is pleased to present
Dr. Minnie N. Blackwell, the Honorable Mayor of Hanahan, South Carolina as our 18 April 2014 monthly luncheon speaker. Dr. Blackwell will be speaking about the progression of the STEM education program, as well as, the impact of having a strong military, government and defense industry presence, in the Hanahan community.


32nd SBIOI - April 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014
TRIDENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE The College Center at the Complex for Economic Development Culinary Institute of Charleston Building 920, 7000 Rivers Ave. North Charleston, SC. 29406

**Agenda posted**

This venue allows small business company representatives the opportunity to meet with other small and large businesses, and SPAWAR technical and contract representatives in a neutral, non-competitive environment. Please RSVP below, negative RSVPs not required

Contracts Industry Council (CIC) - Opening for a large business representative

The Contracts Industry Council (CIC) has an opening for a large business representative. Don Pearsall has been an excellent representative and the CDCA is grateful for his contributions. This upcoming vacancy is a three year commitment for the representative nominated by the CDCA president. The commitment is Jun 2014 - Jun 2017.


AFCEA April Golf Tournament - Call for Sponsors

Just Two Weeks to go!

The weather has turned and we are just two weeks away from Spring’s edition of the AFCEA Education Scholarship Golf Tournament – this semi-annual event accompanied with our Fall offering provide the funds to support our educational initiatives including the Scholarships which we provide to our bright young future engineers.

It is obvious that the past year has been tough on some businesses which is disappointing to all concerned but, it provides great opportunity for those companies that have been trying to get in on one of the higher level sponsorships.


Regulatory Fairness Forum for Small Business

A forum for small business owners to discuss federal regulations, compliance audits, regulatory fines, and enforcement actions impacting small businesses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration presents this Regulatory Fairness Forum to facilitate a dialogue on federal regulatory issues impacting small businesses and to highlight the range of resources available to small business owners from the SBA and the Office of the National Ombudsman.

WHO: SBA National Ombudsman Brian Castro will host a conversation with Charleston area small business owners, and other representatives of the small business community.


Our Communicator theme for the last several issues has been leading us in a direction of “where have we been”, “where are we now”, and “where are we going” state of affairs. As I look at the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) today, it gives me great pride to see how far the organization has come since its beginning. Therefore, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect back and look at the “where we came from” perspective and who the key players were when CDCA took roots.