ALBANY, Ga. -- Today marks the second day that a crowd of business representatives and agencies was expected to be at the Albany Civic Center for the Marine Corps Logistics Command's second Small Business Trade Show.
The event was conducted from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday and will open at 8 a.m. today before wrapping up at noon. The idea is to give business leaders an opportunity to learn how to work with LOGCOM, which is one of the region's major economic engines.
"It brings small businesses from the area and the federal government together to allow them to showcase their abilities," said Maj. Gen. Chuck Hudson, commanding general of LOGCOM. "It allows us the opportunity to interact with small businesses as we work through these partnerships."
It also has the effect of improving relations with the community as well as corporations outside the Albany area through an effort to broaden and diversify opportunities to better serve Marines.
"We've seen an expressed interest from corporations outside the Albany area," Hudson said. "Many corporations, large and small, like to do business with the federal government.
"The best thing for LOGCOM to do is (interact) with the community. (The trade show) allows us to get out of the wires and into the community."
The first day of the expo featured exhibits from more than 100 small and large businesses and local, state and government agencies.
One of the exhibitors was BAE Systems, a global defense and security company that delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and support services.
"There has been a lot of interaction with folks," said Frank Pugh, one of the representatives manning the company's booth Thursday afternoon. "There is a lot of creativity out there, and we've made a lot of local and national contacts.
"(The trade show) has been helpful in gathering information."
BAE Systems opened an office a year ago in northwest Albany.
Today, there will be multiple breakout sessions providing training and information on various federal acquisition programs and processes. Attendees have included representatives from the Marine Corps, private sector businesses, civilian managers and subject matter experts.
It is being held in partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.
Last year's event had more than 300 attendees and 92 separate exhibits. Before that, a trade show of this kind had not been hosted in more than a decade by LOGCOM.