Kennedy News

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center

Oct. 17, 2002
RELEASE : 103-02
Annual Business Expo Set For Oct. 22
Business leaders who wish to better understand how to contract with the government will not want to miss the Business Opportunities Expo 2002 on Tuesday, October 22. Government purchasing agents will also want to attend to learn what local and national vendors have to offer.

The Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cruise Terminal No. 5 at Port Canaveral.

The annual trade show - sponsored by the NASA/Kennedy Space Center Small Business Council, 45th Space Wing and Canaveral Port Authority - will feature 175 business and government exhibitors, some from Brevard and others from across the country.

Exhibitors will include vendors from a variety of product and service areas, including computer technology, communication equipment/services, construction, and safety products.

Representatives of NASA, the 45th Space Wing, prime contractors, Spaceport Florida Authority, and many more will be available to give out information and answer specific questions about doing business with their respective organizations.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more detailed information, go to the following website at

"We're encouraging everyone involved with government contracting to be a part of this extraordinary networking and information gathering opportunity. In the past eleven years, this event has gained a good reputation for providing businesses excellent opportunities," said Gloria Marsh, small business liaison with NASA's Central Industry Assistance Office.

NASA's Central Industry Assistance Office provides support to small businesses that want to do business at KSC. That office works with the NASA/KSC Small Business Council - which consists of United Space Alliance, The Boeing Co., Space Gateway Support and Dynacs Engineering Inc. - to help small businesses learn how to navigate in the world of government contracting. By co-sponsoring the Expo, the Council helps provide a one-stop environment for buyers and sellers. Both sides benefit.

Also, to kick off the Expo, NASA/KSC and the 45th Space Wing will present a Contractor Awards Ceremony. The following companies will be honored this year:

NASA/KSC Awardees FY 2002

Large Business Prime Contractor: Flad & Associates and Space Gateway Support
Small Disadvantaged Business Prime Contractor: Sierra Lobo, Inc.
Women-Owned Small Business Prime Contractor: V.A. Paving, Inc.
Small Business Prime Contractor: GeoSyntec Consultants
Small Disadvantaged Business Subcontractor: Launch Coast Services, Inc.
Women-Owned Small Business Subcontractor: Central Data Computers
Small Business Subcontractor: Nelson Engineering

45th Space Wing Nominees for U. S. Small Business Administration Small Business of the Year

SRS Technologies - FY 2001
Zel Technologies, LCC - FY 2001
Genesis VII - FY 2002
Quantum Technology Services, Inc. - FY 2002


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