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AMP SoCal Monthly Newsletter
May 2020

Don't miss our Update on SBA Loans Webinar - May 1st
  • May 1st Webinar - Update on SBA Loans & Other Financing Options for A&D Suppliers
  • AMP SoCal Summit - Virtual B2B Matchmaking Appointments with OEMs
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Navy SBIR funding opportunity
  • GOBiz California Export Training Network
  • San Diego small business survey
  • Call for volunteers for online STEM outreach to K-12 Students
Resource Spotlight
  • COVID-19 Resource Webinars & Virtual Forum
  • ToolingU SME Free Webinars
  • Aerospace & Defense Forum - Upcoming Meetings & Events
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) - Upcoming Meetings & Events
  • Aviation Week SpeedNews Webinar Series
  • The Aerospace Corporation - Upcoming Meetings & Events
Webinar - Access to Capital:
SBA Loans Update and other Financing Options for A&D Suppliers
May 1st @ 10 AM

Join us for a webinar on May 1st from 10am to 11am PST. Terri Billups, Assistant District Director of Economic Development and U.S. SBA Los Angeles District Office, will join us once again to provide an update on the second round of SBA disaster loans funds and how to apply for them.

We will also have panelists representing alternative funding options from community banks and local Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI). 

AMP SoCal Summit - Virtual B2B Matchmaking Appointments with OEMs
Registration is Now Open!

At AMP SoCal, the health and safety of our partners is our top priority, so we have restructured our Annual Summit as an online B2B Strategic Matchmaking event. We will schedule virtual matchmaking appointments using Zoom teleconferencing with participating OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers each day from May 25 through May 29, 2020.

To ensure this is as productive as possible, we will pre-screen suppliers and only schedule appointments with matching OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers that are seeking specific types of products or services that suppliers provide.

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.

Navy Announces $30M for Accelerated Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Following the announcement of the 20.4 SBIR Phase I Technology Acceleration Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), the Department of the Navy is now accepting proposals through May 28 th  from innovative small businesses for development and commercialization of dual-use technologies.
The announcement details $30 million in available funding for small businesses. Businesses can apply starting Monday.

GO-Biz California
Export Training Network
In 2019, California businesses exported $173 billion in goods to 229 countries. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of California jobs are supported by exports. In order to support the continuation of this export economy, the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has launched the California Export Training Network. This multi-organizational partnership is focused on expanding the state’s exports and export training efforts by promoting, supporting, and increasing the number of California exporters. 

Training will include:
  • market assessments 
  • transportation logistics
  • financing and methods of payment
  • identifying new buyers

For a full list of participating Export Training Network Members and Supporting Partners, visit the  GO-Biz California Export Training Network webpage
San Diego Small Business Survey

The  San Diego Regional EDC  surveyed small business employers in the San Diego area to assess immediate economic impacts and understand the evolving business sentiment during the COVID-19 pandemic. This survey remains open to track ongoing responses, but has already concluded the following trends:  
  • Impacts are industry-specific.
  • Impacts are immediate and imminent.
  • Impacts affect small businesses disproportionately. 
  • Few firms surveyed have closed, but temporary shutdowns are increasing.
  • Majority of employers reported a need for capital support.
View the comprehensive survey results page  here .
Learn about San Diego Regional EDC resources  here
Call for volunteers for online STEM
outreach to K-12 Students
What is your aerospace story? Did you work on a moon rover program, know a lot about rocket propulsion, or have insight into the next generation solar sail program? 

YOU could help inspire the next generation of aerospace professionals! K-12 STEM chair for  AIAA Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section , Casey Moninghoff, is calling for speakers to talk to students about career paths in the STEM and aerospace industries. 

If you are interested in giving a virtual presentation, email Casey Moninghoff at
COVID-19 Webinars and Virtual Forums

Throughout Southern California daily and weekly webinars are offered to assist business owners and answer questions about federal emergency relief loans and other business financing options and resources.

ToolingU SME Free Webinars

ToolingU SME has developed a series of webinars to address specific aspects of onboarding and training that are applicable whether your business is surge hiring to address critical shortages or gearing up to restart production. These FREE, one-hour sessions will help you prepare your workforce for the challenges ahead.

  • May 6 at 10am PST: Cross-Training: Creating a Flexible Workforce for When It Is Needed Most
  • May 7 at 10am PST: Design for "X" and Design for Manufacturing/Assembly
  • May 13 at 10am PST:Benchmarking: Assessing Workforce Capability for Current and Future Needs
  • May 14 at 10am PST:Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing Application in support of DFM/DFA
  • May 21 at 10am PST: Lean in the Age of Covid-19

Starburst USA Virtual
Round-Table Discussion
Leaders from the Air Force, Space Force, Navy and more will discuss how startups can do business with government, and their willingness to move fast regardless of the global pandemic.

This event will feature VIP Keynote speaker, Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Afterwards, Dr. Roper will be joined by a group of experts across the DoD to discuss government's increasing role in working with startups and non-traditional partners. 

Aerospace & Defense Forum - Upcoming Virtual 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.

  • May 6: “Emerging Labor & Employment Issues Aerospace & Defense Companies Need to Consider”, presenter Sheppard Mullin
  • May 20: “Successfully Emerging from Distress”
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.

  • May 2 - e-Town Hall Meeting - Mars 2020: Perseverance and the Search for Life on Mars, by Michael Staab (NASA-JPL)
  • May 9 - e-Town Hall Meeting - Pushing Your Envelope: How Technical Experts and Leaders Defeat Impostor Syndrome and Live with Bold Confidence
  • May 16 - Webinar - The first ever AIAA LA-LV talent show
Aviation Week and SpeedNews Free Webinars
May 1 at 7am PST: Airlines have been increasing their average aircraft size for years, but will small aircrafts be better positioned when the industry begins to emerge from the COVID-19 groundings? John Slattery, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, joins Aviation Week editors to discuss how the crisis could bolster demand for regional jets and smaller narrowbodies at the expense of larger aircraft. Register here!

May 12 at 8am PST: SpeedNews created this webinar to connect with the community and help others navigate through this unprecedented global downturn from COVID-19. Speakers include Chris R. Celtruda, Chief Executive Officer, Kellstrom Defense and Kevin Michaels, Managing Director, AeroDynamic Advisory. Register here!
The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy:
The Space Policy Show (virtual)
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.

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