Sept. 5 workshop connects manufacturers with U.S. Department of Defense opportunities

August 12, 2013  

INDIANAPOLIS - Small- and mid-sized manufacturers could strengthen their ability to bid on U.S. Department of Defense requests for proposals during a workshop from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 5 at the Purdue Technology Center of Indianapolis, 5225 Exploration Drive.

Imaginestics LLC, a Purdue Research Park-based company, will host "Indy Def 2013 - DOD Source Approval Request (SAR) Workshop" in conjunction with CEO-NET, Conexus Indiana, the Indiana Defense Technology Council and Purdue Research Park to educate manufacturers on participating in the DOD's Connecting American Manufacturing program. The program helps U.S. manufacturers match their capabilities with DOD opportunities.

Rob Hill, business analyst at Imaginestics, said small- and mid-sized manufacturers face challenges in bidding on DOD requests for proposals.

"These manufacturers struggle for new business while government requests for proposals often go unfulfilled. The results include parts shortages, manufacturing delays and cost overruns," he said. "The workshop is being organized to help government meet these challenges as they affect the economy and national security."

Workshop speakers will include government officials from Defense Supply Center Columbus and Air Force Research Laboratory who will talk about the process used by government buyers and the Connecting American Manufacturing program.

"Attendees will understand what the Department of Defense looks for when soliciting requests for proposals from manufacturing firms," Hill said. "They will learn the process to becoming an approved vendor and be invited to work with Imaginestics personnel on America's VOICe, our social networking-based, visual search-powered online marketplace that connects DOD opportunities to U.S. manufacturers."

Cost to participate is $25. To register for the "Indy Def 2013 - DOD Source Approval Request (SAR) Workshop," visit A box lunch will be provided during the networking session.

About Imaginestics LLC

Imaginestics is a leader in supply chain software solution. It leverages its unique patented visual search technology to design, develop and deploy solutions to streamline buyer select connectivity. With our blend of innovative technologies and industry expertise, we have developed advanced software solutions that provide more responsive buyer-seller connections when compared with traditional approaches. Imaginestics LLC is a privately held company headquartered at the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Ind. More information on Imaginestics and its products is available at

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park, with four locations across Indiana, has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The parks are home to about 200 companies that employ about 4,000 people and are located in West Lafayette, Merrillville, Indianapolis and New Albany.

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