Small Business Events

Upcoming AFCEA Small Business Events

AFCEA International 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.

When Everyone Sounds the Same: Differentiating to Win in the Federal Market
02/20/2020 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET
Online, Web

Thousands of contractors crowd the federal marketplace promising to alleviate technical and programmatic problems at agencies around the country. What should you avoid to not be just another voice? Market Connections will leverage data gathered over the past ten years to help you better understand the how and where you should get your message out, discuss the latest trends in the way contractors talk about their services, and how you can make sure that your message doesn t fade into the woodwork.

WEST Conference and Exhibition
03/02/2020 - 03/03/2020
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

Learn and network while exploring and experiencing the latest platforms, leading-edge technologies and state-of-the-art networking capabilities that support the Sea Services' operations. The Western Conference and Exposition (WEST) presents government, military, industry and academia senior leaders who gather to discuss emerging systems, platforms and technologies that will impact all areas of operations. WEST is co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, both nonprofit, nonlobbying membership associations. Registration is free for military and government personnel.

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC): Your Questions Answered.
03/19/2020 2:00 pm ET

Please join the AFCEA Small Business Committee in the first of our 'Ask the Expert' Webinar Series exclusively for members. Become part of the conversation! Submit your CMMC questions for a chance to have our panelists provide their unique perspectives in response to your inquiry.

Army Signal Conference
03/24/2020 - 03/27/2020
Waterford at Springfield, Springfield, VA

Signal leadership from the Army gather for three days of presentations, program updates and meetings. Substantial time on March 25 and 26 will be dedicated to industry interaction. The annual Signal Ball takes place on March 27.

Corporate Member Briefing
04/01/2020 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
AFCEA HQ and Online, Web

Whether you're new to AFCEA or a longtime member, attend from your desktop or in person to learn how to increase your footprint in the federal space; use AFCEA's brand to enhance your visibility; leverage AFCEA's network of global security and defense professionals across DOD and civilian agencies; participate via your local chapter or on national-level committees; and receive discounts on advertising, event registration, sponsorships and exhibits.

Small Business Procurement Series networking event
04/22/2020 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Tysons Corner, VA

This series brings you business intelligence and networking opportunities, specifically organized for small businesses.

AFCEA CMMC Symposium
04/23/2020 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Waterford, Springfield, VA

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) rolls out later this year, which will affect both homeland security and the defense industrial base. The certification schema challenges industry with many issues, both known and unknown. This symposium unpacks the model to aid industry in understanding how their contracting strategies will change. Presenters include agency leaders developing the CMMC as well as industry representatives who have implemented NIST SP 800-171 and related cybersecurity control standards. Don't miss this chance to prepare for the CMMC!

TechNet Cyber
06/02/2020 - 06/04/2020
Baltimore, MD

Adversaries have taken to cyberspace to wage continuous campaigns against political, economic and security interests. Protecting cyber assets that connect people to information requires more than a single entity. At TechNet Cyber, multiple partners will network, collaborate and create a formidable united front more powerful than individual efforts can achieve alone.

Corporate Member Briefing
07/01/2020 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
AFCEA HQ and Online, Web

Whether you're new to AFCEA or a longtime member, attend from your desktop or in person to learn how to increase your footprint in the federal space; use AFCEA's brand to enhance your visibility; leverage AFCEA's network of global security and defense professionals across DOD and civilian agencies; participate via yourlocal chapter or on national-level committees; and receive discounts on advertising, event registration, sponsorship, and exhibits.

TechNet Cyber
06/08/2021 - 06/10/2021
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD

The cyberspace battlefield has changed. No longer an arena where adversaries launch a single distributed denial of service attack, lob a virus or infiltrate a network, it is now a state of persistent barrages and simultaneous campaigns. Attacks against high-value targets still occur, but they are accompanied by a torrent of continuous assaults on political, economic and security interests.Reflecting this altered, enlarged, and pan-organizational battle-space, the Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium has been re-named AFCEA TechNet Cyber, forming one of the pillars of the TechNet brand and encompassing both DoD as well as civilian agencies across a broad spectrum of mission sets.

Additional AFCEA Events Interesting to Small Business

New Horizons 2020
03/10/2020 - 03/11/2020
Newton Marriott, Newton, MA

New Business Opportunities

Small Business Breakfast
03/10/2020 - 03/10/2020
Oracle Auditorium, 1910 Oracle Way, VA

Speaker & topic TBD

Technology Over Bagels with Sonatype
03/10/2020 - 03/10/2020
Praxis Engineering, Annapolis Junction, MD

About Technology Over Bagels:
TOB is a free monthly technical presentation that takes place on the second Tuesday of every month (excluding July and August). Bagels and coffee are available starting at 7:30, and the presentation runs from 8:00-9:00. Typical audience size is 40+. Speakers and attendees range from highly niche technical on-site engineers, consultants, company owners, and business development. TOB is run by Central Maryland's Young AFCEANs, and AFCEA membership is NOT necessary in order to attend.

Small Business Lunch & Learn
03/11/2020 - 03/11/2020
CACI, Annapolis Junction, MD

Please join AFCEA CMD Small Business for our Lunch and Learn! The Multi-Agency Panel (NSA, DISA, and USCC) discussion will address the following topics:
- Small Business Contracting Goals
- Agency Wide SB Contracting Vehicles
- Grievance Handling for Contracts/Acquisitions
- Common Mistakes made by SB
- Pet Peeves with Industry
- Pre-RFP communication with Industry
Following the panel discussion questions will be taken from the audience.

Small Business Networking and Teaming Event
03/11/2020 - 03/11/2020
Sandler Center, Virginia Beach, VA

This event is designed to foster both small and large business networking and future partnering on government contracting opportunities. Each company will be given 30 seconds to provide a brief summary; however, attendees can buy more time in trade for donating a door prize to be given any at the event.

AFCEA Bethesda Small Business Forum
03/13/2020 - 03/13/2020
Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, McLean, VA

AFCEA Bethesda's Small Business Forum will bring together government and industry representatives to discuss how small businesses can best leverage their expertise and cutting-edge technology in the current transforming market. The Forum will create an environment where small business executives can meet with program and contract executives, as well as those in mid-tier and large businesses, in order to market their niche capabilities.

Hill AFB Tech Expo
03/24/2020 - 03/24/2020
The Landing, Hill AFB, Layton, UT

The 2020 Hill AFB Technology Expo hosted by the AFCEA Wasatch Chapter is an excellent opportunity to interact with key personnel from this important air force base. Over 250 personnel attended the 2019 event and exhibitor participation was at an all-time high. Hill Air Force Base is an Air Force Materiel Command base located in northern Utah. Hill is home to many operational and support missions, with the Ogden Air Logistics Center (OO-ALC) serving as the main organization and the 75th Air Base Wing providing the support. The center provides worldwide engineering and logistics management for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. The 75th ABW provides base operating support for the Ogden Air Logistics Center, the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, 84th Combat Sustainment Wing, 309th Maintenance Wing, 508th Aerospace Sustainment Wing and 25 associate units. Promotional efforts for Hill will be far reaching but the focus will be on the Air Logistics Centers Directorates and the 75th ABWs tenant commands and units. Technology Vendors who participate in this program highly regard this event as the most effective way to reach key personnel at Hill AFB and it always fills to capacity so make plans early. Speaking opportunities are also available for exhibitors in the Hill Event.

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