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.
Attached is the letter put together by Congressman Joe Wilson and signed by 17 other members of Congress urging SECDEF to re-look at the AFRICOM Relocation.
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Africa Command Relocation Task Force is continuing to push the Department of Defense to evaluate relocating the command from Stuttgart, Germany to a 30-acre site on Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station. There have been some new developments over the past few months.
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.
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.
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.