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Symposium Gives Overview of N.C. Defense Resources


The N.C. Defense Business Association held its annual expo and symposium April 3-4 in Pinehurst.

During the symposium, Foreign Operations Director Derek Chen of the N.C. Department of Commerce's International Trade Division participated in a panel discussion regarding N.C. defense industry resources. Chen briefed the audience on the recent motorsports-military initiative and U.S. Army Special Operations Command Memorandum of Agreement.

Chen also gave an overview of the International Trade Division and its services, with an emphasis on how the division can assist North Carolina defense companies with their exports.

Finally, Chen discussed the U.S. Small Business Administration's STEP program and how defense companies could participate.