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2018 JPL Annual Supplier Fair


The Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) from NASA/JPL hosted the 22nd Annual Small Business Supplier Fair on October 2, 2018 on-Lab in Pasadena, CA.

This event provided a forum for small businesses to showcase their services and capabilities to potentially match the needs of current and future NASA/JPL missions, research and development programs, institutional support, and operational efforts. There were 50 small businesses, 4 Government agencies, and an additional 20 suppliers (large and small) from JPL’s Subcontractor Business Council to exhibit at the fair. Over 500 JPL attendees attended the event to meet the exhibitors and enjoy the kettle corn and music.


Replicant AD visits JPL






Replicant AD, Inc., a small business founded in Berkeley California, met with the Small Business Programs Office at JPL on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Replicant AD, Inc. is a provider of systems engineering, modeling, simulation, research and development for government and commercial programs and specializes in concept development, and constructing synthetic immersive interactive environments and experiences for augmented and virtual reality.

For more information, visit Replicant AD.

To be considered to for a product demonstration at JPL, visit the JPL Small Business Programs page for the SBPO Products and Services.


3rd Annual Outreach Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions






The Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) from NASA/JPL hosted the 3rd annual Outreach Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Institutions (MI).

This two-day outreach event took place on August 1-2, 2018 at JPL in Pasadena. It was an opportunity for the HBCU/MI’s to present their capabilities to the JPL research community.

Day 1 consisted of presentations from NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), Minority University Research and Education Programs (MUREP) and NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR). In addition, JPL’s Human Resources and Education Office shared their presentations. The HBCU/MI’s presented their capabilities and previous collaborations with JPL and NASA centers.

Day 2 consisted of HBCU/MI’s exhibiting on the mall at JPL for the rest of the research community to enable the opportunity to meet one-on-one.

To be considered for next year’s event, please email smallbusiness.programsoffice@jpl.nasa.gov for more information.


SLM Contract Furniture meets with JPL SBPO



SLM Contract Furniture met with the Small Business Programs Office at JPL on Thursday, July 19, 2018. They have held a national GSA and BPA contracts for many years, and is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

SLM specialized in providing turnkey furniture solutions for federal clients and large prime contractors for over 15 years. They represent Swiftspace, a truly unique manufacturer of patented mobile workstations that arrive fully assembled (right out of the box) and can be relocated without special labor or new parts! A single workstation can be locked into place and ready to go in a matter of minutes. Multiple workstations can be configured into office space, a conference room, or collaboration space to fit the customer’s needs.

For more information, visit SLM Contract Furniture.


Suit X visits JPL

JPL's Small Business Office and the Facilities and Logistics Division hosted a demonstration on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Suit X demonstrated the four models of exoskeletons, which support legs, back, shoulders, or all three. This revolutionary tool is designed to assist people who perform repetitive motion tasks, as well as provide more efficiency, while enabling the individual the freedom to easily remove the suit or wear the suit while maneuvering equipment, such as forklifts and golf carts.

For more information, visit Suit X


Small Business Opportunity Fair 2018

Picture of patrons attending the Small Business Opportunity Fair held in Pasadena, California.
Picture of patrons attending the Small Business Opportunity Fair held in Pasadena, California.
Picture of patrons attending the Small Business Opportunity Fair held in Pasadena, California.

The Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) from NASA/JPL along with the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce hosted a small business outreach event on May 22, 2018. The event highlighted exhibitors from Government Agencies and Large Businesses to allow small businesses to network with these organizations. Throughout the event, there was a presentation from the Small Business Administration (SBA) Mentor Protégé and Joint Venture programs as well as a presentation on “Social Media for Your Business”. In addition, a representative from the JPL Small Business Council hosted a panel discussion on “How to Do Business” and the panel participants include NASA Armstrong, JPL and the City of Pasadena. The event also included a successful matchmaking where small businesses were able to meet one on one with representatives from the Government Agencies and Large Business. There were over 400 attendees at this very successful outreach event.


New Subcontracting Module added to the NASA Vendor Database (NVDB)

The subcontracting module is now available as a separate option for registrants. By joining the subcontracting module, prime contractors can find subcontracting partners. For firms looking for subcontracting opportunities, this module will provide a potential list of NASA partners. As with the regular NVDB, the subcontracting module is open to both large and small companies. Both current and new registrants must opt in to join the module.

After registering in the NVDB, log into your account, open “Manage My Vendor Record”, click on the new second tab, “Subcontractor Details”, and select “Yes” in the drop down menu to join. Fill in the capabilities text box.

NASA Vendor Database https://osbp.nasa.gov/vendor_database.html


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 2018:

  • Jan. & Feb. 2018 – Publish Date March 15, 2018
  • March & April 2018 – Publish Date May 15, 2018
  • May & June 2018 – Publish Date July 13, 2018
  • July & Aug. 2018 – Publish Date Sept. 13, 2018
  • Sept. & Oct. 2018 – Publish Date Nov. 15, 2018
  • Nov. & Dec. 2018 – Publish Date Jan. 15, 2019

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