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The Federal and Defense Textile and Tactical Equipment (FEDTEX) Summit is hosted by the Office of US Senator Thom Tillis, Office of Senator Ted Budd, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) and the North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH).
The Summit connects the US Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal agency clothing and individual equipment buyers with US textile manufacturers, textile supply chain suppliers, cut and sew contractors, research and development (R&D) facilities, testing labs, entrepreneurs and inventors, and academic resources.
The event provides a platform to learn what you need to know to start doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) and find out about emerging technological developments in advanced textiles, wearables and biotechnology. Learn about innovative technologies and product development that strengthen the lethality of the warfighter health and performance and that can help expand the capabilities of the defense manufacturing industrial database.

Session Highlights

Selling to the Federal Government. From accepting small credit card purchases to winning multi-year and multi-million-dollar contracts, this session explores the steps and secrets to selling to the Federal Government. 
Successful Proposal Writing Techniques for Small Business. Join us for an interactive and energy-filled session where we will share crucial techniques to enhance your proposal preparation skills, elevating your chances of winning contracts and thriving in the competitive landscape.
Tools for Success in the Federal Marketplace. There are many effective tools available for FREE to help businesses analyze, understand and successfully engage in federal contracting and subcontracting.
How to Become a Successful and Profitable Teaming Partner. Join this interactive session to explore proven strategies and insights that will elevate your teaming success as a government contractor.
Mini Briefs: Textile Technology Innovations – Technology Scouting Showcase. Four select businesses will present their cutting-edge textile technologies in a “Shark Tank” format to a panel of government representatives who will offer feedback and potential collaborations.
The Future of Textile Innovation Panel. The Future of Textile Innovation panel brings together leading experts exploring the evolving frontier of textile innovation, mainly focusing on dynamic and adaptable fabrics, clothing, sensors and equipment that will enhance the complex requirements of modern warfighters.
Domestic Textile Production: Made in America, Berry Amendment and Defense Production Act.  In this session you will understand the role of the Made in America Office and lobbying efforts from national textile organizations to protect and expand the Berry Amendment. 
Defense Logistics Agency Procurement Overview. In this session you will learn from and interact with senior Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) executives and will provide an overview of current textile requirements, fulfillment challenges, future product forecasts and upcoming rebid opportunities.
Operational and Individual Procurement – Leveraging DLA’s TLS Contract. This session will focus on how companies can leverage DLA’s Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) contracts. 
Selling to the Military Exchanges. This session will help participants understand how products could be sold in over 12,000 Exchange facilities worldwide, in catalogs, and online. 
Government Procurement of Textile Innovation: Industry Perspective. Learn what the government looks for in textile innovations and how they are driven by established requirements.
Military Service Dialogue with Industry. These sessions will discuss (by branch of service or agency) current and programmed future requirements, the acquisition processes, current and future acquisitions, and will dialogue with industry about production capacities and challenges for products within their various commodity categories.

Federal and Defense Textile and Tactical Equipment Summit (FEDTEX)

May 14-15, 2024

NC State University McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606