ROCK ISLAND, Ill.-The Army Sustainment Command headquarters offered a very visual display with mission photographs amongst 83 vendors in support of the 2010 Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium held April 12-13 in Moline, Ill., at the i Wireless Center.

The event, now in its third year, was the first time ASC headquarters participated via its own booth. An estimated 400-plus attendees were present Monday, according to local media reports.

This year\'s theme was "Building Strong Together." On that day, Scott Welker, deputy to the ASC commanding general, participated in a five-person panel titled "AMC Materiel Enterprise Panel and Opportunities for Small Business." The panel had representatives from other Army Materiel Command's subordinate units explaining their mission to an audience eager to secure a federal contract.

On April 13, ASC's Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Blake, presented a captivating speech that compared running a successful business to the principles of professional Soldiering and leadership.

"It's about our honor; it's about our product," Blake said. "Our country can only be as good as you are." Later in his speech that was momentarily stopped by frequent applause, Blake rhetorically asked: "Do we give that honor we expect from everyone else'"

ASC's Diane Wheeler of the Small Business Office also participated in a panel discussion titled "How to do business with the Federal, State, and Local Governments" on the first day. As in previous years, ASC had its Small Business Office manning a display.

Both of ASC's booths offered abundant literature outlining its mission. And, explaining the process to meet criteria to obtain a federal contract through proposals for the customer. Additionally, the symposium provided presentations from industry experts and networking opportunities for small business contractors, subcontractors and prime contractors.

Classes included "Veteran Owned Small Business Opportunities," "Overview of Opportunities at Rock Island Arsenal," and "Small Business Success in a Large Business Environment" to name a few.

The symposium was also held in conjunction with Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) District Engineers' Commanders Briefing on the second day.

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