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AMP SoCal Monthly Newsletter
March 2020
Save the Date ~ AMP SoCal Summit April 29, 2020 @ USC
  • AMP SoCal Annual Summit
  • New Webinars and Workshops on AMP SoCal Website
  • Company & Resource Spotlight
  • HUB Zone Application Workshop
  • Webinar Intro to Cal Competes Tax Credit Program
  • California Competes Tax Credit Workshops & Webinar
  • CESMII Annual Meeting
  • SpeedNews Aerospace Raw Materials & Manufacturers Supply Chain Conference
  • SoCal Aerospace Council Meeting with Aerojet Rocketdyne 
  • JPL Small Business Opportunity Fair
  • 32nd Aerospace Testing Seminar
  • Cybersecurity Bootcamp for Aerospace & Defense Suppliers
  • The A&D Forum Upcoming Meetings & Events
  • AIAA LA-LV Upcoming Meetings & Events 
  • CMTC Upcoming Events
AMP SoCal Annual Summit
April 29th at USC
The theme for the upcoming AMP SoCal Summit is Resiliency in a Changing Economy: Tools for A&D Suc cess . J oin Southern California’s top A&D industry experts in learning about aerospace innovation, industry advancement, and best practices for the promotion of job expansion and business development. At this event, aerospace and defense suppliers will gain valuable insight about resources that can promote business growth. In the morning, enjoy breakfast, a keynote speaker and panel discussions on exporting to Mexico and the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) process. In the afternoon, we will feature pre-screened B2B matchmaking appointments between suppliers & OEMs. Don't miss this opportunity to network with leaders and expand your business!

Webinars and Workshops
Workshops & Trainings
The following workshops are now available on our website:
  • Asset Financing and Leasing Options for A&D Suppliers
  • Small Loan & Financing through CDC Small Business Finance
  • Exporting to Mexico for A&D Suppliers
  • Social Media for A&D Businesses
Innovation Forum:
SBIR Workshop
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants are awarded each year by the federal government to companies to conduct research and develop innovations for the government. The funded research can then be converted into new commercial products and technologies. This workshop covers the program basics. 
Recent advances in human-safe industrial robots present an opportunity for creating hybrid work cells, where humans and robots can collaborate in proximity. This workshop focuses on recent developments in the area of collaborative robotics and their applications in manufacturing.
Company Spotlight: J&J Machining, LLC.
J&J Machining, LLC is a manufacturing milling and turning operation specializing in mechanical component product manufacturing for the Aerospace, Medical, Defense, Automotive, Energy and commercial industries. Robert Reynolds, President and Co-founder of J&J, met representatives from AMP SoCal at Aerodef in 2018 and is working with AMP SoCal’s Strengthening Competitiveness Program to create a development plan for his growing manufacturing business. This program is available to small and medium manufacturing businesses in the defense supply chain who have been negatively affected by defense cuts in the past three years.    J&J already upholds high standards of innovation, quality and cybersecurity compliance. AMP SoCal is contributing 3 rd party resources to help this business identify growth opportunities and expand on existing strengths.

“AMP SoCal has great resources for us. There was always something new that we could learn from you guys. I just know that 3 rd party resources are the best way to create momentum.”  
-Robert Reynolds
Resource Spotlight: Exporting for A&D Suppliers
Today, Baja California drives Mexico's aerospace output with over 80 companies and exports of around $1.8 billion. These companies, however, require inputs and 95% of all supplies are still imported into Baja. This represents a strong sales opportunity for the aerospace industry in Southern California. 

There are plentiful options to expand your business through exporting specifically to Mexico. Small and medium-sized suppliers in Southern California can experience sales growth by connecting with nearby manufacturers in the Mexicali region. The Baja Mexico Aerospace Industrial Sector represents access to $11B of supplier opportunities. Our partner, Elizabeth Glynn, is an Export Specialist who works with manufacturing companies to accelerate export growth in the global marketplace. 

HUB Zone Application Workshop
AMP SoCal Innovation Forum
March 30 at El Camino College
The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program was established by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help small businesses in both urban and rural communities. Businesses in this program get preferential treatment from contracting officers including 10% price evaluation preference in contract competition. If you match the criteria , then a HUBZone certification could be the best business investment you will ever make. Join this workshop with Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin at El Camino College to learn from an SBA speaker more about the qualifications and receive guidance in the application process.

HUB Zone
AMP SoCal Webinar Intro to
Cal Competes Tax Credit Program
March 10th ~ 10-10:30 AM
Join our 30-minute webinar to learn about the qualifications and advantages of the Cal Competes Tax Credit Program. Since it's inception in 2014, this program has awarded tax credits to 28 aerospace firms. Scott Dosick, Assistant Deputy Director for the California Competes Tax Credit Program within the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), will be presenting.

California Competes Tax Credit
Workshops & Webinars
The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development is providing free two-hour workshops to explain how the California Competes Tax Credit program can help your business. This program is available to businesses of any industry, size, or location that want to stay and grow in California. Over $1 billion has helped 1,043 California businesses since the start of this program in 2014 and least $71.8 million in tax credits will be offered this application period.

Workshops are offered in-person on March 17 in Upland and on March 18 in Culver City and Irvine. Click here for more information and to view a schedule of online webinars that will also be available throughout the month of March.
SpeedNews 10th Annual Aerospace Raw Materials & Manufacturers
Supply Chain Conference
March 9-11 in Beverly Hills, CA
The 10th Annual Aerospace Raw Materials & Manufacturers Supply Chain Conference is designed to serve a full range of materials and parts manufacturers in the dynamic global commercial and defense markets. The agenda includes topics of interest for equipment OEMs, sub-tier manufacturers, supply chain executives, market analysts, investment bankers, and material and parts suppliers. 

SoCal Aerospace Council Meeting with
Aerojet Rocketdyne
March 11 in El Segundo
With plans to go back to the moon and the recent establishment of the new Space Force, there is a renewed focus and energy on space exploration – with an equal measure of focus on the companies that will continue the country’s leadership in this area. Attend this SoCal Aerospace Council to hear from Aerojet Rocketdyne, a leader in research and manufacturing
of propulsion technology.

JPL Small Business Opportunity Fair
March 24 in Pasadena
The JPL Small Business Opportunity Fair focuses on helping the small businesses throughout the country highlight their products and/or services to the large business and government communities. This event is presented in partnership with JPL, the City of Pasadena, and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

32nd Aerospace Testing Seminar
March 31- Apr 2 in Los Angeles
The Aerospace Testing Seminar (ATS) was created for engineers, managers, and leaders to share their experiences, discover new methods and procedures, and learn how others are coping with designing and implementing cost effective and affordable test programs. Popular topics addressed in the seminar will include: Strategies and Methodologies, Modeling, Analysis and Simulation, Innovations in Test Facilities and Equipment and more.

BIS Export Control Policy Forum
April 1 & 2 in Los Angeles
This forum will discuss current export control issues, recent developments and significant changes in the export control field, and offer a “look ahead” for developments you can expect in the future, including the latest developments on rules for Emerging Technologies. The Forum will feature numerous
regulatory, policy, licensing and enforcement officials from the principal U.S.export control agencies, including Cordell Hull, Acting Under Secretary for Industry and
Security as keynote speaker.

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.

Los Angeles Chapter
  • March 20, 2020: "Frequent & Reliable Small Launch is Here", Shane Fleming, VP Global Commercial Launch Services, Rocket Lab

Orange County Chapter
  • March 5: “Thrive by Adaptation - PMA Panel (Series 2 of 3)”, Brian Zaumeyer (Principal, Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC), Christopher R. Celtruda (Chief Executive Officer, Merex Group), Jeff Johnston (President & CEO, Desser Holdings, LLC)

San Fernando Valley Chapter
  • March 17: 'Preparing for CMMC Certification' Stan Stahl, Founder and President of SecureTheVillage, Chris Rose, Founder and Managing Partner of Arientos

Santa Clarita Valley Chapter
  • March 19, 2020: “Trends-Moving from Awareness to Preparedness”, Larry O’Toole, Founder, Yosemite Associates
  • April 16, 2020: “The Smart Factory”, Carlos Chavez

South Bay Chapter
  • March 25, 2020: Tour of Raymond Handling Solutions: South Bay Chapter Meeting
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.

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) -
Upcoming Meetings & Events

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