AMP SoCal will distribute a regular newsletter to our partners and industry representatives to keep you up to date on our activities and encourage your participation in future events and meetings.
SBIR/STTR Proposal Workshop
On March 18th AMP SoCal is hosting a free workshop on how to apply for SBIR/STTR funding from the federal government. Each year the federal government awards research grants to companies to conduct research and develop innovations for the government. You can then convert the funded research project into new commercial products and technologies without giving up any equity or having to pay interest on a business loan. Learn how to write a winning proposal to access up to $150,000 to conduct a Phase I feasibility study. You can then move into Phase II prototyping and testing for two years at levels up to $1 million.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.
California Aerospace Days in Sacramento - Feb 29th & March 1st
AMP SoCal is participating in AIAA's 5th Annual California Aerospace Days at the State Capitol. Monday, February 29 includes a Joint Hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace and the Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace. Tuesday, March 1 there will be public viewings of aerospace industry exhibits and display booths on the West Steps where AMP SoCal and our partners Verisurf, Cal Poly Pomona and USC will be represented. LAEDC will also release their newest
Aerospace in Southern California report and have copies available at the AMP SoCal booth.
AMP SoCal participates in Aerospace Conferences in the Southland
AMP SoCal will have a booth at the Space Tech Expo being held May 24 - 26 in Pasadena. Space Tech
brings together industry leaders to meet manufacturers and the supply chain for civil and commercial space.
On February 9th and 10th AMP SoCal hosted a booth at AeroDef, a national aerospace and defense manufacturing-targeted conference. The booth was staffed by AMP SoCal team members along with our partners from CMTC, SBDC and the LAEDC. Over 2,000 participants were introduced to AMP SoCal during the two days. APM SoCal was also represented by
the chair of our Operational Improvement & Capital Access Pillar Committee, David Blanco, on a panel entitled,
The Future of Aerospace Manufacturing: The Southern California Perspective.
CMTC Wants to Meet You
The California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) is one of our AMP SoCal partners and services the state of California and is funded in part by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). CMTC offers tailored business solutions for manufacturers. Their mission is to help strengthen manufacturers throughout the state in order to create and retain manufacturing jobs. If you would like more information on CMTC you can use the below link.
There are six Pillar Committees that are organized to strengthen the Southern California aerospace and defense cluster. The Pillar Committees are divided into the following categories.
Workforce & Training
Research & Innovation
Infrastructure & Site Development
Trade & International Investment
Operational Improvement & Capital Access
The committees are led by a member of the Executive Council. They generally meet monthly via conference call to help guide the direction of AMP SoCal by forming goals and lending expertise in their respective area of focus. If you are interested in learning more about a Pillar Committee or joining one of the committees, please contact Dion Jackson at
DOE Small Business Voucher Workshop Video Available Online
This past December, during the 2015 International Drone Expo, AMP SoCal hosted a free workshop on how to apply for the Dept. of Energy's $2.3 million Small Business Voucher Pilot Program. The program pairs up technologists within DOE national labs and larger industry partners to build the foundation for long-term collaborations in advanced manufacturing. The following are links to a video of the full workshop and another with highlights only.
Tell us about future events to share with AMP SoCal Partners
We would like to share information about upcoming events, workshops or meetings that you believe AMP SoCal members or industry representatives would benefit from attending. Please send them to AMPSoCal@usc.edu to be included in future newsletters.
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Do you want to have your organization highlighted in our next newsletter? Drop us a line at AMPSoCal@usc.edu so we can shine a spotlight on your work towards strengthening the aerospace and defense industry in Southern California.