Archive for December, 2013

Roundtable Consultant Needed

NC New Schools is seeking representatives to serve as a roundtable consultant on February 18 from 12:00-2:30pm at the NC New Schools 2014 Scaling STEM: Strategies That Engage Minds conference, held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park. This annual conference brings together nearly 800 educators, innovators, students, and leaders from industry and government to design for the future of learning and share STEM strategies and impacts. Learn more at

The Industry Roundtable Session brings hundreds of educators together with 80-90 business and higher education partners to bridge classroom teaching and the world of work. Each partner will engage a small group of educators for three 30 minute segments during lunch. Topics covered could include:

  • Your profession and technical experience
  • Industry trends
  • Workforce skill gaps and skills desired in employees
  • Education requirements for job opportunities
  • Opportunities your company provides to schools

Educators will rotate to different tables while the industry partner remains at his or her table. During each segment, partners should present for 15 minutes on one or more of the topics above and then facilitate a discussion or question & answer period for 15 minutes. Logistical information will be provided following your registration.  Lunch will be provided.

Please register as a roundtable consultant using the following link:

Darrell J. Kain
STEM Field Coordinator
North Carolina New Schools
4600 Marriott Drive, Suite 510
Raleigh, NC 27612
P (919) 277-9000  C (919) 521-7006

Bonefish Grill Grand Opening Fundraising Benefit for USO of NC

Bonefish Grill Grand Opening Fundraising Benefit for USO of NC

When.  January 11, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Where. USO of North Carolina, Fort Bragg Center

Bonefish Grill cordially invites you to a sampling of our signature appetizers, market-fresh fish and wood-grilled specialties. Additional tastings include libations like specialty martinis, bar-fresh cocktails, craft beers and adventurous wines.

All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the USO of North Carolina, Fort Bragg Center.

For more information, visit:


NDAA and Budget Deal Good for Fort Bragg Construction

The Fayetteville Observer reported on December 12, 2013 that the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the proposed budget agreement, already passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, will maintain $202 million in new construction originally included in the President’s FY2014 Defense Budget (and briefed at the NCMBC FEDCON Summit).  Overall the NDAA includes $552.1 billion in funding for defense and an additional $80.7 billion for the war in Afghanistan.

The $202 million for new construction at Fort Bragg – including $135 million for special operations forces – supports the following projects:

$5.9 million: command and control facility, XVIII Airborne Corps

$24.5 million: headquarters facility, Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command

$37 million: new elementary school in the Linden Oaks community

$37.7 million: battalion annex for the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade

$7.6 million: new combat medical skills building for the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center

$10.4 million: engineer training facility, 1st Special Warfare Training Group

$64.6 million: language and cultural center, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School

$14.7 million: upgrade special operations training facility, Camp Mackall

Over $860 million in construction projects are currently underway at Fort Bragg.  The $202 million for FY2014 is slightly higher than the $198 million in construction on Fort Bragg in FY2013.

For more information, visit  For project information statewide in FY2014, visit the federal construction page on, and contact Paulanne Page ( or Sue Kranes ( for assistance as needed.



Attention General Contractors

The Carteret Community College, Morehead  City, N.C.  is soliciting interest from general contractors regarding multiple individual construction projects associated with tornado damage on the college’s campus in Morehead City, N.C.

Interested contractors must provide contact information, commercial construction capabilities, proof of general liability and workers compensation insurance, and bonding ability.

Contractors may submit a letter of interest electronically to: or deliver to the Rhue Building, 106 Banks St., Room 106, Morehead City, N.C.

Deadline for receipt of letter of interest is: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at 5 pm.

STEM Day 2013: Company Participation Needed

STEM Day: June 23, 2014

North Carolina New Schools’ vision for STEM education includes providing relevant experiences for students across North Carolina. To accomplish this vision, teachers of all content areas need to know what real problems professionals in the field are facing and how they are meeting those challenges. North Carolina New Schools has created STEM Day to allow teachers and principals within the STEM school network to develop a deeper understanding of their school themes, learn about current research, and participate in exploratory activities with STEM professionals.

Field Experience Description:

Groups of teachers and principals will have approximately 4 to 4 ½ hours at each host site including time for lunch. These experiences should be designed with the following considerations in mind:
• Include how the engineering design process is used in your work.
• As much as possible, minimize lecture-based presentations and provide opportunities for participants to learn by doing.
• Recognize that the audience will include educators from all fields, not just science or math.
• Avoid activities that are related to unskilled labor or executive level strategy.
• Provide opportunities for educators to hear from professionals what were the most important skills from their education that prepared them for their work and what were the most significant gaps in their preparation.

Sample STEM Day Teacher Schedule:
Registration and breakfast (at hotel) 8:30 a.m.
Board buses 9:30 a.m.
Arrive at partner site 10:00 a.m.
Lunch at partner site 12:00 p.m.
Leave partner site 2:00 p.m.
Group debrief (at hotel) 3:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Company Planning Timeline:
• December – Submit application by December 18
• February – Attend STEM Day Training Session
• March – Finalize STEM Day Activity Plan
• March – Teachers begin selection process
• May – Finalize Teacher Assignments
• May – Coordinate final details

If you or your company are interested in participating in the 2014 STEM Day in Charlotte, please contact Darrell Kain at P (919) 277-9000  C (919) 521-7006 or

Advanced Proposal Preparation and Development Workshops

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is pleased to host six Advanced Proposal Preparation and Development Workshops throughout North Carolina during the calendar year 2014.

ABOUT THE TRAINING.   Each workshop session will consist of two days of lecture, discussion, extensive hands-on class exercises and homework.

This training, provided by Stover & Associates, Inc., will bring Proposal Development to life in a threat-free classroom environment.  Participants will become members of a Capture and Proposal Development Team competing for a Federal Government contract.

Participants will build on prior experience to:

Engage customers, gather intelligence, conduct competitive analysis and develop a win strategy
Make informed bid/no-bid decisions
Develop a technical proposal response to a sample solicitation
Develop a pricing estimate for a sample solicitation
Present an oral presentation of their proposal
Participate in a mock source selection – ultimately awarding a “contract” to the winning team.


Participants should arrive expecting to work hard, learn by doing and have a little fun along the way.

Upon completion of this workshop students will be able to:

Describe methods of engaging customers
Gather relevant intelligence about customers and competitors to develop a winning solution
Develop the technical volume of proposals in response to Federal Government soliciations
Develop themes using a “features and benefits” approach that separates their proposal from the competition
Develop competitive pricing strategies and cost proposals in response to the marketplace environment and Federal Government solicitations
Write specific sections of a proposal relating to capture management, technical requirements and pricing using proposal instructions and evaluation factors

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Attendees must have working knowledge and experience with basic acquisition processes, federal government solicitations, basics of technical and price proposal preparation, federal source selection processes and applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Attendees must have working knowledge and experience with basic acquisition processes, federal government solicitations, basics of technical and price proposal preparation, federal source selection processes and applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).

For dates, locations and registration information, please visit:  Have a great day!

Safeguarding Unclassified Controlled Technical Information

A very important change to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations in regard to safeguarding information that is on contractor networks and computers has been published. If your company possesses DoD documents you need to be sure you have read, understand and provide for the safeguarding of the information that belongs to the DoD. Please read the following: Statement from Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall on Safeguarding Unclassified Controlled Technical Information found here:

Request for Proposals: Staffing Services

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), on December 2, has issued a request for proposals for staffing services.  A copy of the RFP and other materials is available online at

NC Military Business Center Welcomes Madison (Toone) Sanderford to the Team!

NC Military Business Center Appoints Madison (Toone) Sanderford to Provide Business Development Services to North Carolina Companies

JACKSONVILLE (DEC 4, 2013) – The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Madison (Toone) Sanderford as a Military Coordinator, Business Development Specialist.  Serving businesses statewide (from Coastal Carolina Community College), Ms. Sanderford will identify contract opportunities, source them to businesses across the state and provide one-on-one assistance to help businesses compete for, win and grow jobs through federal contracts.

“The business development teams are the heart of the NCMBC,” said Scott Dorney, NCMBC Executive Director.  “Madison will leverage her experience within the Marine Corps and industry to assist businesses in winning and successfully executing federal contracts.”

As a member of the NCMBC’s eastern business development team, Ms. Sanderford will identify future and current federal prime and subcontracting opportunities, identify and notify companies of these opportunities and provide one-on-one assistance to help companies bid on and win contracts.  Ms. Sanderford will focus on contract opportunities at Camp Lejeune, Camp Geiger, Camp Johnson, MCAS New River and within the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Office in Charge of Construction Marine Corps Installations East (OICC MCIEast), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, Camp Lejeune Public Works, Marine Special Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), MCCS Camp Lejeune and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Camp Lejeune.

Ms. Sanderford will also provide training and counseling services in federal contracting to businesses in six counties of eastern North Carolina, including Brunswick, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow & Pender.

Ms. Sanderford received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina (USC), with a double major in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing.  Currently, Ms. Sanderford is in pursuit of her Master of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

For full contact information for Ms. Sanderford, visit: or email her at