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Learn how U.S. Navy contracts could help grow your business at flank speed

Oct. 3, 2017

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts

  • Workshop set for Oct. 18 to learn how to do business with the Navy
  • For more info, call 501-671-2390
  • Navy Week in Little Rock is Oct. 16-22

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LITTLE ROCK – During the 2016 fiscal year, Arkansas businesses earned $25 million in contracts from the Department of the Navy, and on Oct. 18, the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center will host a workshop to help other Arkansas businesses do the same.

The Department of the Navy Small Business workshop runs from 10 a.m. - noon and will be held at the Cooperative Extension Service auditorium, 2301 S. University Ave. in Little Rock. There is no charge to attend, but attendees must register in advance either online,  or by calling the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center, or APAC, at 501-671-2390. 

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BUSINESS -- Representatives from the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center meet with prospective clients during a contracting workshop. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo by Ricky Blair).

APAC is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and is operated through the Cooperative Extension Service as part of its Community and Economic Development outreach.

The keynote speaker is Emily Harman, director, Office of Small Business Programs for the Department of the Navy. She joined the secretary’s staff in 2015 and has more than 30 years of federal service. A certified Professional Contracts Manager through the National Contract Management Association, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Science from the United States Naval Academy, and a Master’s degree in Management/Acquisition and Contract Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

In addition to Harman, attendees will also hear from the Small Business Administration, the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas Small Business and Technical Development Center, as well as APAC Program Manager Melanie Berman.

The program will also include a Q&A session.

“This a unique event tied in with the first-ever Navy week in Little Rock,” Berman said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Arkansas small businesses to become acquainted with the Navy and how the Navy’s needs can translate into growth for your business.”

America’s Navy is coming to Little Rock Oct. 16-22, the city being one of 15 hosting Navy Week, one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs.

For more information about the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center, visit

About Navy Week
Little Rock Navy Week is scheduled for Oct.16-22, 2017, coinciding with the Arkansas State Fair, and is designed to give area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity.

About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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