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Defense Contractor Academy (Apr 9-11, Hickory & Nov 12-14, Spring Lake)

The Defense Contractor Academy hosted by the North Carolina Military Business Center, Industrial Expansion Solutions at NC State University, Catawba Valley Community College and Fayetteville Technical 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 9-11, 2019 in Hickory and November 12-14 in Spring Lake, 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 lunches) are included in the $150 registration fee, per person.  Please note: coffee and breakfast are not included.  

Registration.  Registration is available for the Spring Lake Academy.  The Hickory Academy, registration is now closed to ensure certificates, plaques, materials are available to attendees the first day of class.  


Class schedule.

Day 1 (April 9, Hickory and November 12, Spring Lake). 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 Marketing Your Business to the Government, Military and Prime Contractors (including capabilities statements)
  • Guest Business, Hickory: George R. Auten, Jr., PE, LEED, AP, Principal, Atriax Group
  • Guest Business, Spring Lake: Lou Huddleston, CEO-President, Operations Services, Inc. (OSI)

Day 2 (April 10, Hickory and November 13, Spring Lake). Start time: 0800.  End time: 1630.

  • Cost Estimating and Developing Pricing Proposals
  • Financing Government Contracts
  • Cost Accounting Standards and Audits
  • Guest Business, Hickory: Tangela Davis, CEO, Trinity Strategic Consulting, Inc.
  • Guest Business, Spring Lake: Ron Haynes, Phoenix Global Support

Day 3 (April 11, Hickory and November 14, Spring Lake). Start time: 0800.  End time: 1600.

  • Teaming Arrangements, Joint Ventures, Mentor-Protégé Programs and Limitations on Subcontracting
  • HR Considerations and Labor Laws Related to Executing Federal Contracts
  • Debriefings, Protests and Contract Administration Issues
  • Defense Contractor Academy Graduation
    • Guest Business, Hickory: Jay Howell, Owner, Deep Reflections
    • Guest Business, Spring Lake: Kathryn Cox and Jack Zeigler, Advanced Computer Learning Company, LLC



Location. Catawba Valley Community College, Corporate Development Center, 2664 Highway 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602



Location.  Fayetteville Technical Community College, Spring Lake Campus, 171 Laketree Boulevard, Spring Lake, 28390

Room.  First floor auditorium

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Please direct questions to Courtney Smedick at

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