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PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA will host the inaugural Small Business Symposium and Awards Ceremony Nov. 17-18 in Washington at the Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW. Participation in this symposium is open to industry, academia and domestic small businesses. The deadline to register for the symposium is Nov. 3.

The Business Opportunities Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and NASA's Office of Small Business Programs at NASA Headquarters in Washington are hosting the event.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with NASA and its prime contractors and learn how to do business with the agency. NASA representatives will discuss plans for future Earth and space missions as well as other agency programs, initiatives, and business opportunities. NASA will provide information about the skills, resources and technologies needed to achieve NASA's missions, programs and research.

Topics at this two-day event include information about NASA's Mentor-Protege Program, how NASA's Small Business Program works, how to reach NASA's prime contractors for subcontracting opportunities, and how small businesses can build a high-tech industrial base.

NASA's Small Business Industry and Advocate awards will be presented on the symposium's second day. The awards recognize outstanding contributions made by NASA employees and industry representatives to support the agency's small business program.

To register for the symposium, visit http://acquisition.jpl.nasa.gov/boo/2008sbsym/index.asp . For more information about the NASA-JPL Small Business Symposium, contact Andrea Acosta at andrea.e.acosta@jpl.nasa.gov or 818-354-7531.

More information about NASA's Office of Small Business Programs is at: http://www.osbp.nasa.gov . More information about JPL's Business Opportunities Office is at: http://acquisition.jpl.nasa.gov/boo .

JPL is managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Media Contact

Media contacts: Rhea Borja/Mark Petrovich 818-354-0850/818-393-4359
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Rhea.R.Borja@jpl.nasa.gov/Mark.Petrovich@jpl.nasa.gov

Sonja Alexander 202-358-1761
NASA Headquarters, Washington
sonja.r.alexander@nasa.gov

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