(PHOTO: Craig Williams, Vice President of Engineering for DME Electronics, is holding a custom display of wired electronic aerospace electrical connectors. In the center is George Williams NCAIED AIPTAC Program Manager and left is Lynn Williams, President and owner of DME Electronics.)
I am still amazed at the meetings we had at the Buy Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo during National RES 2015. My company, DME Electronics, is a Native American and woman-owned business that provides electronic components to defense and aerospace industries, and we benefitted greatly from the invaluable advice and insight from our potential customers. I am now working hard to improve the marketability of my business based on these high-value meetings.
Even in the short time since RES, I have already secured bids from two companies to train us to achieve needed AS9100 certification – the quality management criteria designed specifically for the aerospace industry. Achieving this certification was suggested by the large aerospace companies with whom we met at RES.
But most importantly, we have already received orders from two of these large primes we met with at RES. WOW!
We could not have done this without all the assistance from the NCAIED American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the U.S. SBA, and My Business Matches.
The National RES 2015 opening reception event was awesome with a professional touch! Along with enjoying the Native American culture of various nations, there were delicious snacks and pleasant background music.
However, the best was yet to come. The opening day But Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo was filled with excitement and a spirit of building business relationships. My company – Wells Technology – is a precision metal machining company based in Minnesota. At the expo we held brief meetings with potential major corporations, which proved fruitful with several national businesses interested in our products and services.
With a little follow-up work after the Expo, we now have three new customers who are setting up our small business as a potential supplier. A BIG thanks the National Center and the American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Center staff who made this event successful.