HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The National Defense Industrial Association's Materiel Enterprise Small Business Conference featuring the U.S. Army Materiel Command took place at the Westin here, November 16 - 17.

Small Business professionals from several federal agencies gathered to provide small and large business owners with the opportunity to obtain first-hand knowledge on how to successfully do business with the Army.

"This conference is timely with AMC's headquarters completing its transition to Huntsville," said Tony F. Hodge, program manager for AMC's Office of Small Business Programs. "It brings together industry leaders, government as well as the small business community to discuss timely topics that include recent changes that affect small businesses."

Gen. Ann Dunwoody, AMC's commanding general, briefed the audience on AMC's current condition and way ahead.

AMC supported two wars along with relief efforts in Haiti, Chile, and Japan while conducting a move that affected roughly one out of six of the more than 70,000 employees that work for the command.

"It has been a tough decade but we have a lot to be proud of," Dunwoody said. "People, our customers, don't worry about what we do because they know we are going to deliver."

Dunwoody presented slides on what the Tennessee Valley community could collectively do to assist AMC in overcoming future challenges.

"We are going to be expected to fight and win our nations wars. We are not going to say, 'sorry I had a budget cut, we can't go do that,'" Dunwoody said. "We can't just do less of what we've been doing. We have to fundamentally change what we've been doing, so we can get after the costs associated with the way we do business. That's where we need your ideas, your innovation, and your good inventions," Dunwoody continued.

The conference also offered panels highlighting large businesses, small business success stories, networking opportunities and updates from senior leaders in contracting, procurement, acquisition.

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