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Opportunities
 

Let the Bid Targeting System (BTS) find the right federal contract opportunities for your business. Grant funding is available to help you write a winning proposal.

The Bid Targeting System (BTS) **hotlink “Bid Targeting System (BTS)” with www.bidtarget.org** is an online tool developed by the Michigan Defense Center and Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) that is designed to make your pursuit of federal contracts more effective. There are even grant dollars available to your company through the Michigan Defense Center’s Proposal Writing Services grant program, which can help fund the development of a winning federal contract proposal! Features and benefits of the BTS include:

Features:

·       Prioritize bid opportunities with custom search filters and criteria weights
·       Automatically match your firm with top bidding opportunities
·       Receive daily email notifications of new bid opportunities
·       Save and manage your favorite bid opportunities with total user control
·       Custom and standard reports, including company specific “Firm Report”
·       Multiple search features: NAICS, Region, SBA Program, Bid Due Date
·       Extracts & integrates business intelligence from various sources
·       Grant funding available to hire professional bid writers

Benefits:
·       Personally manage your bid opportunity search profile
·       Save time and money pursuing federal bids
·       Develop a practical roadmap to becoming a successful federal contractor by leveraging information from multiple sources
·       Understand your firm’s strengths and weaknesses, the same that federal buyers are seeing
·       Customize strategies to improve score and grow your business faster
·       More informed business decision-making on pursuing federal bids

The Michigan Defense Center hosts free 60-minute online demonstrations and Q&A sessions on BTS for Michigan companies. We cover topics like how to efficiently navigate the site and find federal contract opportunities, explore various features, as well as answer your questions. If you are interested in an online demo, check the Michigan Defense Center calendar below for scheduled sessions, and RSVP by emailing the Developer Team at Bid Targeting System frigy@michigandefensecenter.org 

International Landing Zone

If you are a foreign company looking to land lucrative Defense and Homeland Security contracts, consider applying for the International Landing Zone (ILZ) program.

Situated at the Michigan Defense Center and within Michigan’s defense corridor, the ILZ provides space for international companies interested in exploring the feasibility of opening or expanding operations in the United States.

The ILZ can help your company:

  • Meet potential customers
  • Gain access to mentors and industry experts
  • Expand and extend contractor relationships
  • Explore adjacent industrial sectors
Internal-Landing-Zone-a Enjoy physical space benefits, including:

  • Co-located with the Michigan Defense Center
  • Well-appointed office with full suite of amenities and support, including phone and mailbox
  • Dedicated meeting and training rooms
  • Access to local training and workshops
  • Large printers
  • Videoconferencing technology

Application Process:

Click here to access the online application.

Companies that submit successful applications will be invited to conduct an interview with the Michigan Defense Center team and key partners.

Step 1 Submit a completed application to determine eligibility at the Michigan Defense Center’s International Landing Zone.

Step 2 The Michigan Defense Center directors and key partners will invite successful applicants to participate in an interview.

Step 3 Applicants who have successfully completed both the application and the interview will be notified of admission to the ILZ within five business days. Companies selected to locate to the International Landing Zone will be invited to move in to their designated space for a six-month period.

Michigan Cyber Range: Test. Teach. Train.


Michigan is where the worlds of commercial auto, military vehicles, robotics and aerospace align. Here, R&D, talent and testing come together in a symbiotic relationship and cyber is the link between these vehicles of the future.

Vehicles are no longer just steel and rubber but platforms for complicated and interconnected communications and computers. Commercial vehicles currently have up to 200 million lines of code that must be tested and protected. Autonomy is no longer a futuristic dream. Their reality requires protecting these systems; that’s where the Michigan Cyber Range (MCR) comes into play.

An unclassified, private cloud operated by Merit, the MCR delivers cybersecurity classes and exercises and enables product development and testing to clients and Merit members across the nation and throughout the world.

Michigan has more unclassified cyber hubs than any other state in the nation, making us the “go to” place for students, workforce professionals, academia and government to test their skills through various hacking exercises. Via these cyber hubs, these entities are able to gain educational experience, and validate the security of software technologies and perform penetration testing on their networks.

Learn more about Michigan’s Cyber Hubs

Calendar

  • 02
    02.March.Monday

    7:00 am-5:00 pm
    2020-03-02-2020-03-04

    Detroit Arsenal’s Leadership in Tactical Wheeled Vehicles will be the highlight of this NDIA national conference.

  • 05
    05.March.Thursday

    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    2020-03-05

    The Michigan Defense Center hosts free 60-minute online demonstrations and Q&A sessions on BTS for Michigan companies. We cover topics like how to efficiently navigate the site and find federal contract opportunities, explore various features, as well as answer your questions. If you are interested in an online demo, check the Michigan Defense Center calendar below for scheduled sessions, and RSVP by emailing the Developer Team at Bid Targeting System frigy@michigandefensecenter.org.

  • 12
    12.March.Thursday

    8:30 am-2:00 pm
    2020-03-12
    Metro Beach, Lake St. Clair Metro Park
    31300 Metro Pkwy., Harrison Twp., MI 48045

    WID & NDIA Michigan chapters STEM programing is gearing up for our annual high-school STEM event to be held on Pi Day, March 12, 2020! Our 2019 event was a great hit and 2020 promises to be even bigger and better!

    SPONSORSHIPS:

    Would your company like to be involved? Please contact us for different sponsorship and event volunteering opportunities.

    CONTACT:

    Julie Fathbruckner, WID STEM Director     Email: stem@wid-mi.org    Tel. 586.741.1680

    We are well underway in the planning of an exciting U.S. Defense STEM trailer day at Metro Beach in Macomb County where each branch of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) will bring their STEAM or education trailer. It is certain to be a memorable and engaging day for all students that attend as they will have a chance to interact with each branch of the Dept of Defense in this manner.
    The idea is to expose our youth to all the exciting and innovative STEM-related career opportunities within the DoD. Most high school, college, and university students admit that they don’t know what they want to do or how to pursue their career path. For this reason, WID-Mi and NDIA-MI would like to help change this by offering the full life cycle of career education by presenting ideas to these students, demonstrating skills needed for jobs, and offering the opportunity to talk to schools which offer curriculums needed for their career – all in the hopes of inspiring them! During this groundbreaking STEM event, students will have the opportunity to speak to inspiring men and women with careers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard.
    Students will also have the chance to meet with industry partners who design, engineer, and manufacture the materials that keep our soldiers safe and provide equipment needed for routine tasks.
    Through your participation, we would like to encourage high-school students to think outside of strictly civilian career paths and tangibly grasp what the US Defense industry has to offer in terms of service, leadership, and adventures that they never dreamed of.

  • 17
    17.March.Tuesday

    8:00 am-3:00 pm
    2020-03-17
    Macomb Community College Center Campus
    44575 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, MI 48038, USA

    Join Macomb County Regional PTAC and the University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute Defense Cybersecurity Assurance Program for a seminar to learn about the newly developed Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).  The CMMC will require 100% of all DoD contractors/suppliers to achieve some level of 3rd party certification related to what is specified in their contracts. Once the CMMC goes into effect, self attestations will no longer be sufficient to bid on DoD contracts and it will affect all companies doing business in the defense supply chain regardless of the type of business.

    Agenda Highlights:
    1. What is changing with the DoD’s cybersecurity requirements?
    a. Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)
    i. What are the requirements?
    ii. What does that mean for my company?
    iii. How do I get certified?
    2. Resources for Defense Suppliers to help with cybersecurity resiliency

    Who Should Attend:
    Companies currently doing business or companies looking to do business in the defense supply chain.

    Presenter:
    Katie Arrington
    Chief Security Information Officer for Acquisition

  • 19
    19.March.Thursday

    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    2020-03-19

    The Michigan Defense Center hosts free 60-minute online demonstrations and Q&A sessions on BTS for Michigan companies. We cover topics like how to efficiently navigate the site and find federal contract opportunities, explore various features, as well as answer your questions. If you are interested in an online demo, check the Michigan Defense Center calendar below for scheduled sessions, and RSVP by emailing the Developer Team at Bid Targeting System frigy@michigandefensecenter.org.