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.

Navy League Luncheon - RDML Kent Davis, Vice Chief of Information

This Friday evening, March 28th, Navy League Charleston is hosting our annual ‘persons of the year’ awards dinner for the Sailors, Marines and Coast Guards people from about a dozen Sea Service commands located here in the LowCountry.

Our evening’s guest speaker, RDML Kent Davis, Vice Chief of Information (CHINFO) has now made himself available for the day and wants to meet with and talk with leaders across the community. The Navy League is now planning a special ad hoc lunch at which Admiral Davis will be the keynote speaker.

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel at Tanger Outlets
Time: 11:30 – 1:00
Cost: $25.00 at the door, $26.00 at PayPal for all non-military and $20.00 for military (we’ll provide a $5.00 refund to all military who advance pay at PayPal)

Harbour House Charity Fundraiser

SRC will be hosting a fundraiser for the Charleston Harbour House on April 2nd from 11:00 to 1:00 at their facility. The event will include a raffle to raise funds and they are reaching out to the community for raffle item donations. They have already received some very generous donations. The RiverDogs will be sending their Mascot Bark to represent the team and will also be donating a RiverDog Gift Package for raffle. Any vendors who donate will be recognized on banners that will be displayed for all to see on the day of the fundraiser and beyond. If you are able to make a donation please contact: