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AMP SoCal Monthly Newsletter
April 2020
Don't miss our Applying for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Webinar
COVID-19 Resources
  • AMP SoCal COVID-19 Resources webpage
  • AMP SoCal Webinar: Applying for SBA Economic Injury Disaster & PPP Loans
  • AMP SoCal COVID-19 Business Survey
  • AMP SoCal Annual Summit - Postponed
  • A&D Manufacturing: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
  • New AMP SoCal Resources webpage for A&D Suppliers
  • AMP SoCal Innovation Forum: Webinar - HUB Zone Certification Application
  • The Aerospace & Defense Forum Events & Newsletter
  • SBA: Tax Considerations for Small Businesses
  • Verisurf Advanced Manufacturing Metrology Software Training
  • Space Tech Expo - Postponed until August 10-12
  • The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy: The Space Policy Show
  • SecureTheVillage Webinar: Preparing for CMMC Certification
  • AIAA Upcoming Meetings & Events
COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Resources
These unique times present new challenges for A&D businesses, but we are here to help. A new COVID-19 Resources page on our website provides links & resources to help A&D suppliers navigate these turbulent times. 

On this page, you will find business resources, worker resources, useful links, articles concerning employers and COVID-19, and webinars & podcasts.

Resources for include:
  • Financing & loan options
  • Tax extension information
  • Utility services
  • Employee benefit programs
  • Health & safety guidelines and more!

Check back frequently as we will continue to update this page as reliable information becomes available.

Applying for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans ~ Webinar
Friday, April 3rd l 10 am - 11 am

Join us for a webinar on April 3 rd  from 10am to 11am PST. Terri Billups, Assistant District Director of Economic Development and U.S. SBA Los Angeles District Office, will be joining us to discuss SBA loan options and how to apply for them. In this webinar we will discuss scenarios unique to A&D suppliers in addition to eligibility and the application process for two types of financial relief programs: 

  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
  • SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan

Business Survey
We would like to learn more about how we can assist A&D suppliers in Southern California during this difficult time. Tell us about the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on your A&D business by completing the survey.

This information will help us to tailor our Department of Defense funded technical assistance, webinars, and training programs to better assist industry needs.

Postponed: AMP SoCal Annual Summit
April 29th at USC
These unprecedented times call for extreme measures, and our top priority is to protect the health and safety of our partners and community. In accordance with local, state and federal guidelines, we postponed the AMP SoCal Annual Summit scheduled for April 29. We thank all of our speakers and sponsors for their understanding.

In lieu of the Summit in-person B2B matchmaking appointments with OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers, we are working to schedule these appointments virtually using Zoom tele-conferencing. The proposed plan is to host two OEM appointments per day over several days to ensure each match is given adequate time and attention. We will maintain the process of pre-screening supplier appointments and matching them only with OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers that are seeking their specific types of products or services. 

Let’s all stay healthy and hopeful; we look forward to gathering together as soon as we can!

A&D Manufacturing: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
Last Friday, on March 20 th , Ellen Lord issued a memorandum to the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) identifying which industry entities are considered Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown orders. Aerospace and defense manufacturing is considered critical by this memorandum. 
View the full list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforces  here .

Resources for A&D Suppliers
AMP SoCal now has a resources webpage, which will serve as a resource guide for A&D companies! We provide a number of resources to A&D manufacturers, including panels, presentations, trainings and webinars. Along with key industry experts, we address industry problems in workforce development, new technology, and business assistance so that A&D manufacturers have the tools they need to be successful.

April 16: AMP SoCal Innovation Forum: Webinar - HUB Zone Certification Application
Join our webinar from 10am to 11am PST to learn about the benefits of being HUBZone certified! The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program was established by the SBA to award 3% of all federal contracting dollars to small businesses in both urban and rural communities. The benefits to these companies include:
  • Competitive and sole source contracting
  • 10% price evaluation preference in contract competitions 
  • Exclusive contract opportunities posted only to HUBZone entities

Aerospace & Defense Forum - Upcoming Meetings & Events

The Aerospace & Defense Forum is a global aerospace and defense leadership community that provides opportunities for sharing of information and analysis, mutual support and encouragement, partnering, innovation, and performance breakthroughs. Visit  for descriptions and links to RSVP to any of the meetings. Wait lists are maintained for all meetings and tours.

The April issue of the Aerospace & Defense Forum Newlsetter, Facilitating Communication, Collaboration, and Commerce , contains a plethora of interesting articles and events that discuss how COVID-19 is impacting the A&D industry and how A&D suppliers can be resilient during this turbulent time. Read the full newsletter here . Below are a few highlights in the newsletter:

The health and safety of the public is the top priority at this time. Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 pandemic, all events for the A&D Forum have been cancelled for the month of April. Check back in future newsletters for further Aerospace & Defense Forum event updates.
SBA: Tax Considerations for
Small Businesses

This workshop will explain the key income tax changes for individuals, Corporations, S Corps, LLCs and Sole Proprietors made by the recent Tax Law. There are several types of taxes that businesses must pay during the calendar year. Understanding each one of these tax liabilities, being certain to meet the time requirements (and save penalty dollars!) and using all the appropriate information to determine the amount owed is critical to successfully managing your small business.
Verisurf Advanced Manufacturing Metrology Software Training
Stuck at home? Sharpen your skill set with free Verisurf CMM & PCMM Software Training.
This free online training is available for a limited time from Verisurf's Learning Management System. Verisurf Metrology Software is taught in high schools, colleges and university, CNC machine shops, maker spaces, and engineering labs. Verisurf is advanced manufacturing for inspection, measurement, analysis and reverse engineering.

Contact  directly for your no-cost subscription. 
Space Tech Expo Postponed until August 10 - 12

The Space Tech Expo 2020 has been rescheduled to August 10-12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This event will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center.

The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy:
The Space Policy Show
While the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping many home from work, The Aerospace Corporation wants to keep you connected to the latest in the space policy community! The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy is offering a series of online webcasts and virtual meetings as an opportunity to stay engaged with the larger space policy community. All of the following webinars are at 1pm EST.

  • April 2: What the Expiration of New START Could Mean for U.S. Space Forces with Mick Gleason 
  • April 7: Large Constellation Disposal Hazards with Bill Ailor
  • April 9: Space Grows Faster When It’s Safer: Safety and Sustainability with Josef Koller and George Nield
  • April 14: Closing the Arctic Infrastructure Gap: National Security and Commercial Considerations with Karen Jones and Lina Cashin
  • April 16: The Hypersonic Missile Spectrum: Choices and Opportunities with Sam Wilson
  •  April 21: The GEOINT Singularity with Josef Koller
  • April 23: Outpacing the Threat with An Agile Defense Space Enterprise with Malina Hills, Dave Eccles, and Karen Jones
  • April 28: High-Volume Production of Satellites with Dave Eccles 
  • April 30: Strategic Foresight Panel: An Exploratory Dialogue on the Possibilities of the Future Space Enterprise with Kara Cunzeman, Jake Sotiriadis (AFWIC), Josh Korbel (NIU)

SecureTheVillage Webinar:
Preparing for CMMC Certification
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) will be a requirement for defense contractors beginning in the Fall of 2020. Unlike NIST 800-171, ALL contractors will be required to achieve certification from an independent third party assessing organization (3PAO) in order to secure defense contracts. In this talk, they will address the following questions:
  • Status update on the CMMC roll out: what to expect and how/when it will apply to your organization
  • What is CMMC and how is it different from DFARS 7012 and NIST 800-171
  • What should you be doing now to prepare for CMMC
  • What does CMMC mean for the future of cyber compliance

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) -
Upcoming Meetings & Events

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is a professional society for the field of aerospace engineering. The AIAA is the U.S. representative on the International Astronautical Federation and the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences. Visit for more information.

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