For Immediate Release
November 13, 2002

Media Advisory

Defense Procurement Assistance Center at NJIT Signs Contract and Celebrates Another Year Helping New Jersey Small Businesses Grow Stronger

WHAT:Staying in business today is not easy for small businesses. However, a program at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) sponsored with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) eases the pain for women and minorities who want to procure lucrative contracts. The Defense Procurement Technical Assistance Center (DPTAC) at NJIT (with offices in Newark, Trenton, Mount Holly and Atlantic City) offers small businesses free help from professionals. Since 1986, DPTAC has created $556.3 million in contract awards, $1.67 billion in economic activity and 17,000 jobs across the state.
Join us for the annual contract renewal with DOD to learn more.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m.- noon, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002. Light breakfast will be served.

WHERE: Guttenberg Information Technologies Center (GITC) building, Room 3730, Lock Street and Central Avenue, Newark.

WHY: Business people who bid on government and private contracts often face a troublesome red tape maze. However, after attending either free DPTAC monthly workshops or free personal consultations, small business owners learn how to circumvent the problems, obtain contracts and bolster their businesses.

WHO: Interview 11/14 (or at a later date) DPTAC Attorney and Executive Director Dolcey Chaplin, Colonel Grotke of Picatinny Arsenal, and NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch. DPTAC clients attending include: Aron Weinbach and Carmen Garcia, Rabin Gloves, Newark; Odilo and Lizette Vazquez, Form Fit and Function, Dover; Jeffery Jacobs, Jacob Textiles, Irvington; Roberta and Herman Yecies, Yecies Inc. West Orange; Pei Sicari and Tai-Chi, Scotch, Inc. Jersey City; Judy Martino, GSP Solutions, Inc, Morris Plains; Roy Cohen, Asbury Window factory, Asbury Park. Available for interviews only at another time are: Betty Manetta, Argent Associates, Edison (owner of a warehousing operation for fiber optic cables) and architect Susan Sullivan, Sparta.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.