Huntsville Center’s Small Business Forum set for Oct. 18

Published Sept. 7, 2017
Small business representatives speak with subject matter experts at the Small Business Forum in 2016.

Ronald Schumann, ILSI Engineering vice president of engineering and technical services, speaks with members of Huntsville Center's Automated Systems Branch during the Center's 17th Annual Small Business Forum Oct. 12. The event provides an opportunity for small business representatives to discuss their capabilities with Huntsville Center contracting officials and program managers to learn about upcoming Huntsville Center acquisitions.

Registration is open for the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville’s Annual Small Business Forum.  The registration is available online at:

Check in and networking start at 8 a.m. Oct. 18 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Davidson Center for Space Exploration in Huntsville, Alabama.

“Huntsville Center’s Annual Small Business Forum is a fast-paced event that is well received by industry because time and money are saved,” said Rebecca Goodsell, Huntsville Center’s chief of Small Business Programs. “It’s fast because the Center is a cost reimbursable organization, just like private industry.  We forego potential earned income to attend this event in the hopes of a valuable return on this mutual investment in future.  And since our time out of the office is money spent too, we get right to the point, and this is why firms love our event.”

The conference features a general overview of doing business with the Huntsville Center and covers major regulatory changes and upcoming acquisitions, followed by an opportunity for attendees to interact directly with program managers and contracting officials for the Center’s more than 40 programs.

“This year we also welcome our new Deputy Commander, Lt. Col. H.W. Hugh Darville, to the Center,” Goodsell said. “He comes to us from his latest assignment as director of both the Directorate of Training and Leader Development and the Directorate of Instruction at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. As an experienced Army Corps of Engineers’ leader with a wealth of knowledge, his credentials are extensive and most impressive.  We are very fortunate to have him join us.”

Other than small business companies, large businesses also attend the Small Business Forum looking for potential subcontractors, protégés or teaming partners.  Take advantage of this free event and register early before capacity is reached.

Registration closes Oct. 10.  Delays could mean non-availability of the subject matter experts you may want to meet. If you have questions or comments, email

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is located at 1 Tranquility Base, Davidson Center, Huntsville, Alabama 38505.