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AFCEA hosts a variety of events designed specifically for our Small Business members. Matchmaking with government primes, networking receptions, and symposia are just a few examples of our events that take place at AFCEA Headquarters or in conjunction with other AFCEA International events.

Upcoming Events


Bronze Sponsor:


Navigating the Federal Contracting Process

"Investing in the Right Opportunities" led by Barry Levy

Thursday, July 30, 2015

3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

This is the first in a series of courses about "Navigating the Federal Contracting Process." This session will focus on winning contracts with federal agencies. Topics will include:

•Prioritizing opportunities

•Developing capture strategies

•Engaging with contract decision makers

A panel comprising government and industry contracting experts will share their experience, lead the discussion and answer your questions.


Scitor Auditorium (an SAIC Company)

12010 Sunset Hills

Reston, Virginia

Confirmed Panelists:

Christopher E. Harris, strategic sourcing branch chief, CFCM CPCM, Washington Headquarters Services, Acquisition Directorate, Arlington, Virginia.

Mark Hogan, chief operating officer, Government Sales Specialists, Bethesda, Maryland

Jaclyn Smyth, director (acting), Strategic Sourcing Program Office, Department of Homeland Security, District of Columbia

Questions? Contact Katie Helwig

(703) 631-6170

Gold and Silver Sponsorships are Still Available



AFCEA International's Continuing Education (CE) program is designed to support certifications related to U.S. Federal Government requirements. This class may support National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Project Management Institute (PMI), GAGAS, and Defense Acquisition Workforce continuing education and/or certification maintenance requirements. Please check with the appropriate organizations for specific certification maintenance requirements.

Small Business Workshop and Networking Lunch

 Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 Lamar A

Please join us for informal roundtable discussions on topics of special interest to small companies:

    • The challenges in growing a business and lessons learned
    • Marketing strategies to promote a niche skillset
    • Getting your foot in the door of government representatives
    • Crafting and delivering your company’s elevator speech

Join us for lunch and take advantage of this opportunity to interact with other small businesses and government representatives to grow your contact list. (Lunch Ticket Required.)


For AFCEA Corporate Members Only: Match-Making Workshop

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

 2nd Floor Lobby


    • Speak one-on-one with business development representatives from industry and government agencies
    • Develop partnering strategies

    Email Katie for the forms to complete for the Prime and for the Small Business.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday July 31, 2015


Space is Limited, so register for one, or both today! The cost is included for full conference attendees.  

Questions? Contact Katie Helwig, small business programs manager, AFCEA, at 703-631-6170;

or email:

Link to register for TechNet Augusta and Small Business Events:


Past Events

Silver Sponsor

This 4-hour session provided information on how Congress operates and gave participants the opportunity to engage Capitol Hill decision makers. Small businesess learned about the people, processes, tools and outcomes associated with legislative processes and equipped them with the skills they need to engage elected officials and their staffs.

SIGNAL Magazine coverage of the event and more articles about doing business with the government are available online.


As part of the overall Homeland Security Conference, AFCEA held a Matchmaking Symposium on Tuesday, March 10 for small businesses to have one-on-one discussions based on capabilities and requirements with large and mid-sized primes and Department of Homeland Security agency representatives. 




Join AFCEA International and The Chertoff Group

for a Luncheon Discussion on Emerging M&A Trends

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Featured Speakers:

Jason Kaufman, Principal and Head of Investment Banking, Chertoff Capital

 David Wodlinger, Principal, Arlington Capital Partners and Board Director, Novetta Solutions

Bryan Ware, CTO, Haystax Technology Corporation and Co-Founder, Digital Sandbox


AFCEA Presents:

Insider Threat to Small and Medium Businesses

Thursday afternoon, June 5, 2014

AFCEA's recent Insider Threat conference was timely and truly relevant. The impact of the malicious insider to our national security is now known to all - but this conference helped illuminate what we as leaders can do about it.    ... Michael Madon, Red Owl



Cyber Threats & Vulnerabilities to Small & Mid-Sized Companies (Wright)

What to Know about the Insider Threat and How to Mitigate it (Theis)

Best Practices:  Holistic Approach to Insider Threats (Roberts) and

Counterintelligence and Supply Chain (Thomas)


Cyber Threats & Vulnerabilities to Small & Mid-Sized Companies

One of the biggest myths is that "I'm too small for cyber attackers to care about me."  This common misperception leads to tremendous vulnerabilities as companies do not understand implications for their intellectual property and/or their link to others as part of the larger supply chain.  Mr. Bill Wright will brief on Symantec's recently released 2014 report on cyber attacks, including the devastating facts on attacks on small- and medium-sized businesses.


What to Know about the Insider Threat and How to Mitigate it

Mr. Michael Theis, from the CERT Insider Threat Center at Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss the Center's current research aimed at establishing best practices to mitigate insider threats, including techniques for identifying insider threats and strategies for building a robust insider threat program.


Best Practices on Insider Threats & Supply Chain Security

Given the facts on these threats, this panel will discuss best practices from the perspective of both a medium-sized company, and from a large corporation that depends on small- and medium-sized companies in its supply chain.  Ms. Terry Roberts, Vice President for Cyber Engineering and Analysis from TASC, will talk about how they, as a medium-sized company, developed their insider threat program.  Mr. Doug Thomas, Head of Corporate Counterintelligence from Lockheed Martin, will talk about their award winning program and the need for companies to undertake appropriate insider threat policies to protect their entire supply chain.


Resources to Help Get Started

Several organizations have developed resources and materials to help small and medium businesses address these threats.  The final session will focus on some of the free resources available to secure your firm.

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