NCC Attends NIH Small Business Open House

On Thursday, July 25th, NCC was pleased to participate in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Open House at the Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Our team was one of ten small business invited to exhibit on the conference center floor, where we displayed information from all three of our service divisions: Audiovisual and Technology Solutions, Conference Planning and Peer Review Management Services, and Multimedia and Production Solutions.

The open house was made available to all small businesses including 8(a) firms, HUBZone,
Women-Owned, and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small businesses. The event featured
presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and one-on-one counseling and matchmaking
between vendors, exhibitors, and NIH representatives. All attendees had the opportunity to
engage with acquisition program officials from the ten acquisition offices that support the
twenty-eight NIH Institutes and Centers.

Small businesses are one of the primary engines of growth and innovation in America, and by
hosting this event NIH reaffirmed their commitment to growing this important sector of the

In addition to our exhibit in the vendor hall, NCC President and CEO Chris Marquez was one
of three individuals invited to speak on a panel entitled “The Pros and Cons of Doing Business
with NIH.” The panel was moderated by Ms. Annette Owens-Scarboro, and in addition to Mr.
Marquez included Dr. Faye Coleman, President of Westover Consultants, Inc.; and Ms. Jean
Drummond, President of HCD International. On the panel, Mr. Marquez took questions from
the audience of small business professionals and provided helpful information on the benefits of
having a GSA schedule, how to be more cost competitive, and other topics that were specific to a
small business hoping to do business with the NIH.

NCC has proudly supported NIH since our inception in 2002, providing an array of services
including webcasting, video production, transcription; IT Help Desk support; audiovisual
and technology upgrades and installations; and conference planning and logistics services for
organizations like the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the Office of the Director. We look forward to
continued opportunities to deliver a GOOD future as we expand our work with this important
organization turning scientific discoveries into health.