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Space Tech Expo in Pasadena, CA May 20-22, 2019

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JPL’s SBPO Small Business Team attended the Space Tech Expo & Conference in Pasadena California. The Space Tech Conference provides two insight-packed days to help commercial, military, government and academic organizations navigate the opportunities and challenges of doing business in an increasingly complex landscape. The Space Tech Expo and Conference is America's engineering meeting place for space technology. The event is the leading showcase of space-related technologies and innovations from systems and sub-systems, components, testing and manufacturing technologies for civil, military and commercial space applications.

Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) in San Antonio, TX May 29-31, 2019

Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium

JPL's SBPO Small Business Administrators Mary Helen Ruiz and Matthew Christian attended the Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium in San Antonio, Texas. VETS 19 brought together Federal agencies, Prime contractors, and Veterans to discuss how to take full advantage of the Federally mandated contracting opportunities set aside specifically for Veteran-owned small businesses.

Do you run a Veteran-owned or service-disabled Veteran-owned small business (VOSB/SDVOSB) and want to work with the government? Or do you want to team with a Veteran-owned company but aren’t sure how? Are you ready to take your business to the next level?

The National Veteran Small Business Coalitions has created VETS to help you accomplish your small business goals. The conference provides you with the information you need to navigate the Federal acquisition process – from the government perspective as well as from successful veteran small business owners.

VETS connects thriving Veteran business owners with emerging Veteran entrepreneurs to expose the knowledge needed to acquire government contracts and teaming opportunities. The VETS also promotes networking with government agencies, large companies, and potential clients and customers. Veterans who have attained success are one of the best resources to help other Veterans follow suit.

2019 JPL Small Business Industry Awards

JPL awarded the following individuals and companies Small Business Industry Awards:

Thomas H. May Legacy of Excellence Award: Safari Micro Government Solutions

Thomas H. May Legacy of Excellence Award: Safari Micro Government Solutions
Jordan Evans with Steve Kemper

Jordan Evans with Steve Kemper

Small Business Subcontractor of the Year: Far West Contractors Corporation

Small Business Subcontractor of the Year: Far West Contractors Corporation
Jordan Evans with Steve Aguilar

Jordan Evans with Steve Aguilar

Small Business Advocate – Non-Acquisition Category: Scott Premo

Small Business Advocate – Non-Acquisition Category: Scott Premo

Jordan Evans (Deputy Director of Engineering Science Directorate) and Scott Premo.

Small Business Advocate – Acquisition Category: Anne Yamamoto

STAR Award Recipients

Cheryl Wysocki - Acquisition
Maria Sanchez- Acquisition
Minh (Lindsey) Tran – Graphic Communication

Jordan Evans and Cheryl Wysocki

Jordan Evans and Cheryl Wysocki

Jordan Evans and Cheryl Wysocki

Minh (Lindsey) Tran

US Small Business Administration awards JPL the 2019 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award – R&D Category

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The JPL Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) received the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2019 Dwight D Eisenhower Award for Excellence under the Research and Development category for large business. Created in 1991 and named for the president under whom the SBA was founded, the Eisenhower Award for Excellence honors large federal government prime contractors with effective small business subcontracting programs that create opportunities for use of small businesses partnerships. This is the fourth time JPL has won this prestigious national award. The award ceremony will take place in Washington, D.C. on May 6, 2019, as part of SBA’s National Small Business Week celebration.

The SBA Administrator Linda McMahon noted in the award letter to SBPO, “Your hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to your employees and community have helped you build an outstanding business that has strengthened your state’s economy. The SBA is pleased to celebrate your achievements and your personal role in driving our nation’s economic growth.”

The SBPO team is dedicated to working with the small business community to help JPL with its projects and missions. Whether the organization is Small, Veteran-Owned, Women-Owned, HubZone, or Historically Black College or University/Minority Institution, the SBPO initiatives and program work towards building small-business capacity and capability enrichment. We want to support small business growth and build lasting relationships here at JPL. This award is a validation of our continued commitment to small businesses and their importance in helping deliver value to our projects and missions.

JPL Spotlight: ANRE Technologies, Inc.

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Roubina Keshish and Eugean Hacopians in front of Space Shuttle Endeavour

Roubina Keshish and Eugean Hacopians in front of Space Shuttle Endeavour

Roubina Keshish-Moses the President/Chief Executive Officer and Eugean Hacopians the Chief Technology Officer have years of experience working with Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technologies (Caltech), and Raytheon.

ANRE Technologies is an engineering company specializing in:

  • System Engineering/Integration
  • Project Management
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
  • FPGA Design and Verification
  • Software Development and Testing

ANRE Technologies delivers cutting edge tailored solution with a proven track record in helping clients’ organization to define, implement, and optimize engineering and software solutions through the use of proven system engineering practices by adhering to industries best practices and standards. Staff members are very familiar with critical government operations and specifically familiar with JPL’s and Caltech’s real-time operations environment and culture.

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.

  • March & April 2019 – Publish Date May 15, 2019
  • May & June 2019 – Publish Date June 14, 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

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