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JPL Small Business Programs Office supports the 2018 NASA Kennedy Space Center Business Opportunities Expo


Robert Jones of NASA OSBP, Matthew Christian and Mary Helen Ruiz of JPL SBPO

Robert Jones of NASA OSBP, Matthew Christian and Mary Helen Ruiz of JPL SBPO

The NASA KSC Small Business Program Office hosted the 28th Annual Business Opportunities Expo with support from the KSC Prime Contractors Board, U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing, and Canaveral Port Authority. There were 2,283 registered attendees and 229 exhibitors with a focus on General Construction and Construction-related exhibitors.

Other exhibitors represented by KSC Prime Contractors, NASA, other federal agencies, small businesses, and large businesses participated in this one-day event.

All nine NASA Centers were represented by a Small Business Specialist, including JPL Small Business Administrators Matthew Christian and Mary Helen Ruiz to discuss doing business with the agency and JPL, respectively. Bob Jones of the JPL NASA Management Office provided JPL booth support.

The Expo Agenda included Opening Remarks from KSC Director Robert Cabana, local government dignitaries, and Glenn A. Delgado, NASA Associate Administrator for Office of Small Business Programs.


JPL speaks on Programs and Opportunities at the Los Angeles Economic Development Center


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Mark Davidson of Small Business Innovation Research, JPL SBPO Manager Felicia Bell, Judy Kruger of LAEDC, and Michael Quindazzi of US Digital Alliances for PwC Professional Services

Mark Davidson of Small Business Innovation Research, JPL SBPO Manager Felicia Bell, Judy Kruger of LAEDC, and Michael Quindazzi of US Digital Alliances for PwC Professional Services

The Los Angeles Economic Development Center (LAEDC) along with the Southern California Aerospace Council held their quarterly meeting on November 14, 2018. The LAEDC invited NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to speak on upcoming programs and opportunities. Felicia Bell from the JPL Small Business Programs Office spoke on JPLs goals and objectives for helping small businesses match their skills with projects and missions. Mark Davidson from the Technology Transfer group provide guidance on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program as well as the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. Mark shared that the next proposal cycle for the SBIR/STTR will begin in January 2019 and encouraged attendees to visit the website, https://sbir.jpl.nasa.gov, for further information on the topics and subtopics NASA is looking to award. There was a matchmaking session where the attendees were able to speak to Felicia and Mark about their capabilities and possible matches to JPL needs.

JPL Presents Keynote Address for the Orange County Defense Supply Chain and Business Resource Fair


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Keynote Speaker Matthew Christian, JPL Small Business Administrator

Keynote Speaker Matthew Christian, JPL Small Business Administrator


Picture of the Orange County Defense Supply Chain and Business Resource Fair Audience
On January 16, 2019, Matthew Christian and Mary Helen Ruiz of the JPL Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) supported the Orange County Defense Supply Chain and Business Resource Fair held at the Coastline College Garden Grove Campus. The objectives for small business participants were to discover procurement opportunities to diversify their business, tap into resources to help make the business more competitive, and become more resilient in the area of Cybersecurity. The SBPO presented the morning keynote presentation “Doing Business with JPL.” Over 90 people representing Small Business, Large Primes, and local government participated.

JPL Spotlight: RBT Construction


Ryan Tittsworth, President of RBT

Ryan Tittsworth, President of RBT



Picture of RBT Construction being awarded Small Business Contractor of the Year in 2016

RBT Construction awarded Small Business Contractor of the Year in 2016

Ryan Tittsworth, President of RBT, began his career as an electrician in the United States Army. In 2009, Ryan opened RBT Electric, Inc. As time progressed, Ryan decided that he wanted to meet the demands of a growing federal clientele and he realized that in order to best do that, RBT needed to provide more than just electrical services. With electrical still at the core of the business, Ryan began operating RBT Construction, a division of RBT Electric, which provides a full suite of SRM services, including HVAC, roofing, flooring, remediation, emergency response and construction management.

RBT began serving clients not only in California, but also in Colorado and Wyoming and other states throughout the Continental U.S. Currently, RBT Construction is performing an electrical replacement project at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, a fire alarm upgrade project at the Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, a mold remediation project at Buckley Air Force Base, a staff augmentation with diverse trades at the new Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, an electrical project at F. E. Warren Air Force Base as well as the replacement of a substation at Edwards Air Force Base.

RBT Construction
741 East Ball Road, Suite 101
Anaheim, CA 92805
P: 800-661-5006
F: 800-659-9196

Ryan Tittsworth, President
800-661-5006 ext. 101
ryan@rbt-construction.com


New Newsletter Publishing Schedule

The Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) will now issue the newsletter every other month beginning January, 2018. We welcome your feedback to serve our audience better.

Below is our publishing schedule for 2019.

  • January & February 2019 – Publish Date March 18, 2019
  • March & April 2019 – Publish Date May 15, 2019
  • May & June 2019 – Publish Date July 12, 2019
  • July & August 2019 – Publish Date September 12, 2019
  • September & October 2019 – Publish Date November 15, 2019
  • November & December 2019 – Publish Date January 15, 2020

If you would like to receive the newsletter, and currently do not, please email your request to smallbusiness.programsoffice@jpl.nasa.gov