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The Benefits of Joining the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA)


The Charleston Defense Contractor’s Association (CDCA) supports the defense community in the Charleston area. Membership in the CDCA enables each Defense contractor in the area to support the Defense community. CDCA advocates Defense issues with the community and represents its members with SPAWAR and other Government agencies in the area.

CDCA also provides input on issues and initiatives to the broader community in such areas as education, small business mentoring, and Congressional liaison. The CDCA is a trusted associate of the Charleston Metro Area Chamber of Commerce. CDCA fills an important need to speak with one, trusted voice for the Defense-related C5ISR segment of the regional business community. CDCA can only be an effective organization if it has the funds necessary to operate. We achieve our operating capital each year through annually-renewed memberships. CDCA is a means for members of the defense business community in Charleston and the surrounding area to show their support and be provided a greater voice in the issues and initiatives that are important for their continuing success.

 

Networking

The CDCA brings diverse professionals together and offers you the opportunity to develop camaraderie within the community, meet your peers, and foster business relationships with our members.  The CDCA fosters increased communications between the defense community to develop better teaming opportunities, to jointly develop solutions, and to improve service offerings.   Attending CDCA events such as our Small Business & Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) and Annual C5ISR Conference is great for information sharing and learn about technology requirements and future procurement opportunities.  You will also hear directly from government customers on the current environment and future challenges.  These events can take on a range of shapes and sizes, with attendees from all industries and backgrounds.

Reach to Decision Makers

The CDCA serves as an advocate for broad issues.  CDCA provides input on issues and initiatives to the broader community in such areas as education, small business mentoring, and Congressional liaison. The CDCA is a trusted associate of the Charleston Metro Area Chamber of Commerce. CDCA speaks with one, trusted voice for the Defense-related C5ISR segment of the defense community. As a CDCA member, you have a greater voice in the issues and initiatives that are important to you, your employees, and your customers.  

 

Exposure

The CDCA website, events, social media, and other marketing channels can highlight your business and increase the visibility of your product or service. The CDCA is also a great source of information for members, and we consistently refer potential customers to our members. What’s more, by introducing new people in a variety of industries, CDCA events also allow you to market your business to other members, whom you might otherwise never have met.

Become Involved

CDCA members have knowledge of and interest in the defense community and an interest and concern for the development, advancement, and recognition of our defense organizations, and the local defense community.  The CDCA encourages our members and colleagues to get more involved by joining committees and taking on leadership roles, including volunteering at events. Being involved allows you to make great friends and shape the direction the CDCA is headed.  

Becoming a CDCA member is a great opportunity to increase the reputation and reach of your business, and also to make a difference in our defense community. No matter what your expertise, you are sure to make new business contacts through CDCA, and expand your company’s visibility through a variety of channels.

 
 

TERMS

  • Membership is prorated and ends on the calendar year.
  • Voting eligibility is based on yearly membership fees paid, where each Company membership is eligible for one voting ballot during elections.
  • Only companies with memberships at the Corporate or Platinum levels are eligible to serve on the Board of Directors.
  • Small Business membership must be either 1) Listed at Small Business under NAICS code 541330 exception 1 in SAM or 2) Verify that the 3 yr average revenue is under $14.5 million

The CDCA accepts PayPal, checks, and cash. Checks can be mailed to: 

Charleston Defense Contractors Association P.O. Box 61089 North Charleston, SC 29419 

Email membership@charlestondca.org for any questions. 

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