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NASA, Mercedes-Benz to Help Small Companies 'Make the Connection' to Gain Federal and Industry Contracts in Forum Jan. 23
Kim Newton
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

News release: 06-006

What: The NASA Southeast Regional Technology Transfer Center in Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz U.S International will host the 2006 NASA Regional Small Business Conference "Making the Connection" in Vance, Ala., Jan. 23. The event connects small business owners and entrepreneurs with representatives of government agencies and major corporations to exchange knowledge, experience and ideas about current and future opportunities for small businesses to gain government and industry contracts.

Who: Vernotto McMillan, manager of the Technology Transfer Department
Byron Butler, deputy director of the Office of Procurement
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

John Lansaw, Dual Use Program Specialist of the Technology Transfer Office
Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss.

Local, state and federal officials have been invited to address the attendees.

When: Monday, Jan. 23
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. CST; conference sessions start at 8 a.m.

Where: The Mercedes-Benz Institute
9 Mercedes Drive, Vance, Ala.

To attend: News media interested in covering this event should contact the Marshall Public & Employee Communications Office at (256) 544-0034 no later than 3:00 p.m. CST on Friday, Jan. 20. Media must report to the Mercedes-Benz Main Facility at 1 Mercedes Drive, Vance, Ala. Vehicles are subject to security search. News media will need valid photo identification for entry into the Mercedes-Benz Institute. Visitors may park in front of the facility. For Mercedes media access, please contact Felyicia Jerald at (205) 507-3507.

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