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HBCU/MI Outreach Initiative

The Small Business Programs Office hosted its Inaugural Historically Black Colleges and Universities/ Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Outreach Event on August 3 and 4, 2016. 

This event was designed to educate the HBCU/MI community on the different contract vehicles available to potentially sponsor them on research projects in support of JPL’s programs and projects. 

This two-day event also provided an opportunity for JPL employees from the Engineering and Science directorate to meet one-on-one with the HBCU/MI community to gain an understanding of their research areas of interest and their capabilities.

JPL welcomed representatives from nine participating schools: California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Los Angeles; Fayetteville State University; Howard University; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; North Carolina Central University; Tuskegee University; University of California, Riverside; and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

We encouraged the 23 representatives from these schools to share as much information as they could during the one-on-one sessions with representatives from the Engineering and Science Directorate and Large Business Representatives from Boeing Company, ManTech International Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Corporation to determine if any matches could be made. 

The inaugural event helped expose the JPL science and engineering community to additional options for research/university partnerships with the HBCU/MI community and provided them direct access to current and future JPL programs and projects.

JPL employees Steve Simpson and Mary Helen Ruiz

ChallengeHER for WOSB in Federal Contracting

The Small Business Programs Office attended the ChallengeHER: Opportunities for WOSB in Federal Contracting event held at the Long Beach Community College in Long Beach, CA on July 19. Workshops were offered to assist women-owned small businesses (WOSB) leverage federal awards, learn the procurement process, and market to federal buyers. Total attendance was 253 participants representing small businesses, resource partners, agencies, and large primes. Over 30 people stopped by the JPL booth for this half-day event.

Rick Ellerbe and Bob Jones, NASA Management Office (NMO)

NASA HUBZone Industry Day

The NASA Management Office and JPL Small Business Programs Office supported the 2016 HUBZone Industry Day, hosted by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD, on August 9, 2016. 

The event featured networking with small business specialists from NASA, JPL, and representatives from large prime contractors.  Attendees were also able to participate in matchmaking sessions with representatives from various directorates within NASA GSFC. 

Opening remarks were provided by Chris Scolese, Center Director (NASA GSFC); Glenn Delgado, Associate Administrator of the Office of Small Business Programs (NASA Headquarters); Mark Crowley, Executive Director of the HUBZone Contractors National Council; and, Anne Haase, Small Business Specialist at NASA GSFC. 

There were approximately 300 attendees, with 75 representing HUBZone firms.

Jasmine Colbert, JPL Small Business Programs Office

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