Assisted NC businesses in winning 3,451 contracts minimum value of $13.26 billion


The Defense Contractor Academy hosted by the North Carolina Military Business Center, North Carolina State University Industrial Expansion Solutions, Cape Fear Community College and Central Piedmont  Community College, will offer an intermediate-level of instruction and a certificate of completion to existing, small business defense contractors to provide the tools needed to grow the federal portion of their business portfolio. 

“The Defense Contractor Academy  provides the advanced skills businesses need in federal business development,  competitive processes and federal contracting procedures to grow in the federal  marketplace – and to grow jobs in North Carolina,” – Scott Dorney, Executive Director of the NCMBC.

A series of classes will be offered April 7-9, 2020 in Wilmington and November 17-19 in Charlotte, beginning at 0800 and ending at 1630 each day.  Each Academy day will include presentation of material and either a panel or guest business(es) to discuss their experiences regarding the topic of the session.

Cost. All three days of instructions, including materials, catering (sodas, water and light breakfast and lunches) are included in the $175 registration fee, per person. 

Registration.  Registration for the Wilmington Academy is now available.  Registration for Charlotte will open shortly.



Day 1 (April 7, Wilmington and November 17, Charlotte). Start time: 0800.  End time: 1630.

  • Government Contract Opportunities and Contractor Responses
  • Critical Data For Success as a Defense Contractor
  • Technology Research and Tools
  • Managing Cybersecurity Risks Utilizing NIST 800-171
  • Leveraging Non-Competitive and Limited Competition Acquisitions and Sources of Supply
  • Effectively Presenting Your Business to the Government, Military and Prime Contractors (including capabilities statements)
  • Guest Business, Wilmington: TBA
  • Guest Business, Charlotte: TBA

Day 2 (April 8, Wilmington and November 18, Charlotte). Start time: 0800.  End time: 1630.

  • Cost Estimating and Developing Pricing Proposals
  • Financing Government Contracts
  • Cost Accounting Standards and Audits
  • Guest Business, Wilmington: Larry Gast, MBA, CEO & Founder, LEG Ventures, LLC
  • Guest Business, Charlotte: TBA

Day 3 (April 9, Wilmington and November 19, Charlotte). Start time: 0800.  End time: 1600.

  • Debriefings, Protests and Contract Administration Issues
  • HR Considerations and Labor Laws Related to Executing Federal Contracts
  • Teaming Arrangements, Joint Ventures, Mentor-Protégé Programs and Limitations on Subcontracting
  • Defense Contractor Academy Graduation
  • Guest Business, Wilmington: TBA
  • Guest Business, Charlotte: TBA



Location.  Cape Fear Community College
Union Station Building, Room 529
411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Campus Map. 

Parking. Free parking is available in CFCC’s Visitor (VP) Parking lot located at the corner of 2nd and Walnut Street. See campus map for building and parking location.

Suggested Hotel.  There are several hotels in the downtown Wilmington and surrounding area. 

A group block of rooms is available at: 

Hampton Inn Wilmington Downtown
225 Grace Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

$159/night + taxes

Online reservations. 


Location.  Central Piedmont Community College
Hall Building, Room 215
1112 Charlottetowne Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28235-5009
Parking. Corner of 4th Street and Charlottetowne Avenue.  Park in brick parking deck.  Parking is usually free in this parking deck.  
Directions to Building.  Walk next door to building with same color brick.  (If you have to cross a big street, you parked in the wrong parking deck.) The building is on the corner of Elizabeth Avenue and Charlottetowne Avenue.  It is the HALL Building across from the LEVINE building. It has a big GREEN sign that says “Barnes & Noble Bookstore”.

Contact Courtney

O: 910.678.0193

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