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Small Business Opportunity Fair 2020 Event Indefinitely Postponed

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Based on evaluation of evolving circumstances concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and in light of recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and the City of Pasadena Department of Finance will indefinitely postpone the March 24, 2020, Small Business Opportunity Fair at the Pasadena Conference Center.

We desire to notify all participants promptly of the postponement to allow maximum time to cancel travel and other plans.

We apologize for any inconvenience but feel the postponement is the best course of action at this time in light of recent coronavirus developments. At a later date, the JPL Small Business Programs Office will contact registered participants with additional information on how to engage JPL or other organizations for business development opportunities.


Dr. Charles E. Bray, Jr.

Invoice Services page has been added to the JPL Acquisition and Supplier Page.

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The Invoice Services page has been added to JPL Acquisition and Supplier Site. The Invoice Services page provides information on how to send an invoice to JPL and what happens after it’s received. Please update the URL for any bookmark to the Invoice Service page to

Small Business Administration’s 9th Annual Southern California Small Business & Government Contracting Conference

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JPL's SBPO Small Business Administrators Mary Helen Ruiz and Anna Nersisyan Hovano attended Small Business Administration’s 19th Annual Southern California Small Business & Government Contracting Conference held at the Marriott Delta Hotels in Garden Grove, CA with over 400 participants. This conference provided a forum to educate, guide, and assist small business attendees in working with federal, local, and state governments. The conference also provided opportunities to meet buyers and contracting officers from large companies and government agencies to discuss opportunities in a one-on-one setting.

Leading experts delivered informative presentations on topics of importance to government and commercial sector primes and subcontractors through numerous workshops such as Certifications for Your Business, Access to Capital and Bonding, Doing Business with the Government, Government Contracting Strategies & Compliance, Tax Reform Basics, and Think Like A Negotiator.

Business Matchmaking Buyers represented large government and commercial prime contractors, government agencies, local and city governments, various state departments, and finance lenders. JPL counseled 20 diverse small businesses during pre-scheduled matchmaking appointments on the Laboratory’s process of doing business.

NewSpace Conference

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Counseling session at the NewSpace Conference

JPL's SBPO Small Business Administrators Mary Helen Ruiz and Anna Nersisyan Hovano attended the NewSpace 2019 conference in Seattle Washington with over 300 other participants. The conference brings the three pillars of the industry together – startups, established companies, and government agencies – with private investors and tech innovators. The Space Frontier Foundation has been a leader in commercial space industry advocacy.

The main focus of the NewSpace conference has been to grow the commercial space industry as the key enabler to space settlement. The three-day conference focused on current, near-term, and long-term issues and challenges in the commercial space industry and is attended by distinguished executives and leaders from all verticals of the space industry, making this conference a source of innovation and partnership.

The NewSpace Conference provided the opportunity for small and large businesses and government agencies to connect with JPL and NASA. Small Business Administrator, Mary-Helen Ruiz, presented during the conference providing insightful information about JPL and the Small Business Programs Office. During the NASA Speed Dating networking event, small businesses had the opportunity to connect with Mary Helen Ruiz and Anna Nersisyan Hovano and discuss their business ventures and learn about JPL and how to form relationships.

JPL HBCU/MSI Outreach Initiative

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Larry James at HBCU/MSI meet and greet

The Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) hosted Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions Outreach Initiative from July 31 and August 1, 2019 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. The SBPO works closely with the Education and Human Resources offices to grow the diversity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI). This HBCU/MSI Outreach Initiative supports JPL's core value of inclusion.

JPL is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and our aim is to create a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our employees, our partners, and our communities. Diversity, equity, and inclusion improve outcomes for our employees, our missions, and our partners. We are committed to increasing workforce representation and to creating a more inclusive culture at JPL.

The 2019 HBCU/MSI Outreach Initiative represented a partnership between the Small Business Programs Office, Human Resources, and the Education Office, with support from the Engineering and Science Directorate, to create more opportunities for underrepresented minorities at the Lab through internships and research opportunities. About 20 universities and institutions met with JPL teams and discussed potential opportunities that could benefit the students, institutions, and the Lab.

JPLers were invited to see exhibits on the JPL Mall. JPL Deputy Director Larry James was among those who came to see those exhibits and spoke with representatives of the various institutions. In addition to the Mall event, the HBCU/MSI visitors had the opportunity to attend meetings and toured JPL.

New Newsletter Publishing Schedule

The Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) will now issue the newsletter on quarterly basis. We welcome your feedback to serve our audience better.

Below is our publishing schedule for 2020.

  • January 15, 2020
  • April 15, 2020
  • July 15, 2020
  • October 15, 2020

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