REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Local small business owners got the opportunity to learn more about doing business with the Army through the Expedited Professional and Engineering Support Services system during a workshop here.

The Army Contracting Command's Office of Small Business Programs hosted the two-hour workshop Oct. 26. The training provided the opportunity to learn more about doing business with ACC and the Army, specifically through EXPRESS. Approximately 30 people attended and ACC tweeted seminar highlights.

After an introduction and command overview from ACC Small Business staff, EXPRESS Program Coordinator Marcia Tully, ACC-Redstone, provided specific information regarding the widely-used local program.

The EXPRESS program is a group of 31 blanket purchase agreements established against General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedules. The program provides advisory and assistance services in support of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command and its customers. The support is provided in one of four domains: business and analytical, logistics, programmatic and technical.

Tully discussed the history of the program, blanket purchase agreements, the four domains of the system, direct awards and standard task order evaluations.

According to Tully, there is a strong focus on small business participation in the program. In fiscal year 2011, 67 percent of awarded task orders and 42 percent of the obligated dollars went to small businesses.

Kathy Murray, district field representative for U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, also attended to gain some insight into the world of Army contracting.

This was ACC's fifth small business workshop since ACC's relocation to
Redstone Arsenal. More workshops will be scheduled in 2012. Registration for upcoming workshops will be available online at

The ACC Office of Small Business Programs provides outreach support to the small business community through a variety of methods. For more information about the ACC Office of Small Business Programs, email or visit