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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.

“REFLECTING BACK” – A CDCA Perspective

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.

Letter from the CDCA President

On behalf of the CDCA Board of Directors I would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy and prosperous new year.

2013 was admittedly a difficult year for our industry, but it appears that the recovery may finally be taking hold, and there’s reason now for optimism as we head into the New Year. Some of that optimism for a brighter future stems from the Senate approval last week of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House overwhelmingly approved the defense spending bill 350 to 69 earlier this month. The agreement preserves most of the Pentagon’s $526 billion of discretionary authorization requests. Although the above bill does not provide a permanent solution it provides greater stability then we have enjoyed for some time.

SILICON PORT: PART TWO: Find Your Mission Thread

Seven years ago, the technology requirements to serve the new post-Panamax ships, a more modern cruise terminal, an inland port, and interconnected systems with both public and private stakeholders was not part of the South Carolina Port Authority (SCPA) IT Strategic Plan. “Back then deciding which technology would replace the CISCO Line of site wireless system was a key project because the wireless signal loved to jump off metal. When container heights and stacking patterns changed, so did the strength of the signal. We solved that problem with a VIVATO solution, but when it came time to add and upgrade this technology, the company announced it was going out of business. We ultimately found Fidelity-Comtech, Inc.

CDCA President’s Letter July 2013

It was over eleven years ago when the CDCA’s founding members gathered in a conference room to discuss the needs of the defense community within the greater Charleston area. At the time Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) was the primary focus, but other issues such as graduate and undergraduate education, small business support, efficient contracting, government forums, strategic alliances with other regions, infrastructure and facility planning, and special legislation were also on the agenda.

Collaborative Opportunities in Our Backyard with Our Government Counterparts at Mil-OSS

Mil-OSS is a grass-roots organization that connects and empowers an active community of both civilian and military developers using, improving, and releasing Open Source Software (OSS) and hardware across the United States Department of Defense (DoD).
Most members of Mil-OSS work with the DoD either directly or as contractors and see their work in open-source DoD projects as patriotic support for our country’s Warfighters. OSS allows the DoD to improve software security, control development costs, and increase innovation -- all of which benefit the Warfighter.

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