In 2017, NASA spent over $2.7 billion with small businesses – 16.5 percent of its total contracting budget. NASA is looking to expand its small business contracting even further by seeking new partnerships with a wide range of goods and services providers at a two-day conference where simpleQuE President, Jim Lee, is attending.
Hosted by Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, “Reaching High – Aerospace Business Matchmaker,” takes place July 17-18 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and is a partnership between NASA and Procurement Technical Assistance Centers in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
Jim is learning directly from NASA officials about the goods and services the agency needs and how businesses can qualify as vendors. Aerojet Rocketdyne, SAIC, and STG are all prime contractors, these and other NASA suppliers have indicated they want their suppliers ISO 9001 and/or AS9100 certified.
On the second day of the conference, Jim and other businesses will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from NASA, as well as other agencies from all levels of government and NASA prime contractors, to learn of the contracting opportunities in aerospace industry services.
These opportunities will be available to businesses in a large variety of industries, providing good and services including:
- Mechanical and electrical engineering
- IT infrastructure services
- Building maintenance
- Medical services
- Office supplies and equipment
- Office administrative services
- Testing laboratories
- Security and much more
For a complete list of buying opportunities, visit http://AerospaceMatchmaker.com.
Twenty years ago small businesses focused on one thing: how to make profits. Today, environmental impact is turning out to be just as important as meeting the bottom line. Here’s how to manage it for growth:
- Incorporate planning – the very first place to start with addressing environmental impact and risks is to include them in strategic planning at every level. Because ISO 14001 is the cornerstone of environmental standards for a business, planning is essential. If the matter isn’t addressed to begin with from the top down, one of two things occur: 1) no one internally treats the matter as a priority, and 2) responses that do occur end up being ad hoc and disparate, which often incurs more costs than expected.
- Anticipate that not everyone will be happy at first – getting environmentally focused is still a politically-charged approach. Education is probably the best response, even though it may require a bit more effort. At the end of the day, however, socially-conscious businesses sometimes have to stake out a claim. Choose wisely and then stay the course.
- Embrace leadership – businesses that really break out and become the major players using ISO 14001 as their environmental management system are not necessarily the biggest in their industry. Smart businesses are out ahead looking for these leadership opportunities to craft their own path and market niche before anyone else.
- Use size to an advantage – Being a small business comes with a lot of advantages in terms of flexibility and speed for adjusting to changes. Rather than a big bureaucracy involved in shutting down an assembly line, small business can test the waters far more rapidly and frequently with new ideas in environmental impact and that’s a huge competitive advantage when used effectively.
- Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water – Every new change should have a thorough cost-benefit analysis. There are plenty of existing quality management procedures that align with ISO 14001, including ISO 9001 and IATF 16949.
SimpleQuE offers customized consulting solutions for all sizes of Aerospace, Automotive, Laboratory, Manufacturing and Service organizations. When it comes to environmental impact and responsibility, ISO 14001 certification makes good business sense for businesses small and large, across all industries.