Denny Lewis

Director, DEFTECH

Building a Collaborative Manufacturing Ecosystem in Support of the Department of Defense

Building a Collaborative Manufacturing Ecosystem in Support of the Department of Defense with Keynote lunch speaker – “Shark Tank’s” Cameron Cruse, COO, R. Riveter 

Cameron Cruse co-founded Riveter in 2011 and set out to provide mobile, flexible income for military spouses across the country.

Session Focus, Warfighter Future Medical Technology and Innovation: MBB- Support to the Warfighter Symposium (June 13-14, Chapel Hill)

SESSION FOCUS: Warfighter Future Medical Technology and InnovationThe Office of Senator Thom Tillis, the North Carolina Military Business Center and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center will host the Medical, Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on June 13-14, 2023.

Winning More SBIRs/STTRs Awards in North Carolina (March 22 and 23)

The NC Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH) will partner with First Flight Venture Center, the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Board of Science, Technology & Innovation, and our hosts at four NC Community Colleges, to conduct this SBIR/STTR Educational training.

The purpose of this training is to educate and inform more small businesses in North Carolina’s vastly growing science/technology ecosystem on how to compete and win more Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards from federal agencies.



Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, President of Catawba Valley Community College

“Recognition of Special Guests and Opening Remarks”
Tammy Everett, Executive Director, Defense Alliance of North Carolina (DANC)

“Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP)”
Michael Mullins, Director, North Carolina Defense Industry Initiatives at NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES)

“Overview of Frontline of the Future”
Denny Lewis, Business Development Manager, Defense Industry, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC)

“‘Reshoring’ A Talent Ecosystem in North Carolina’s Textile Industry: Establishing a Model for Workforce Development” (Pre Recorded presentation)
Leressa Suber, Evaluation and Talent Development Specialist and Doctoral Student, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES)

“Utilizing Immigrants in Support of North Carolina’s Textile Industry”
John Oswald, Chief Executive Officer, Mills Manufacturing Corporation

“Veterans Transition Programs”
Nathan Huret, Co-Founder and Chief of Veteran Engagement, Hickory for Vets

“Manufacturing Solutions Center Resources and Innovation Facilities”
Jeff Neuville, Director of Manufacturing Solutions Center

Tour of Catawba Valley Community College Workforce Solutions Complex

Strategic Industries

Industry Focus: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials

North Carolina is home to a strong, robust manufacturing industry accounting for 20.85% of the total output in the state and employing 10.7% of the workforce (source: National Association of Manufacturers).  The manufacturing industry in the state ranges from small machine shops to large multinational corporations within several manufacturing sectors.  

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