Monday, April 11, 2016

HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour

A new creative initiative was proposed to me not too long ago by one of my Project Managers’, Ms. Tabisa Kalisa, on how we can better increase our partnerships and engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MSIs). The event would be hosted by the Office of Small Business Programs, the Office of Education and the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). The initiative would test out a pilot program called the NASA Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MSIs) Technology Infusion Road Tour. At the 2nd Annual HBCU/MSI Partnerships Meeting at Marshall Space Flight Center there was great interest expressed from colleges and universities that wanted to participate in the pilot program including North Carolina Central University, The University of Texas at El Paso and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University whom were among those selected to participate in FY16. This initiative is two-fold as it is designed to help assist educational institutions integrate new technology that supports the Agency’s mission and it also aids NASA in making and exceeding our 1% goal for HBCUs/MSIs. We are also the only Agency in the government with this goal to date.

Our first event for the NASA HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour was held at North Carolina Central University on March 22-24, 2016. I was able to attend the first two days of the event and I have to say I was quite impressed with all the enthusiasm and participation among the attendees. There were about 50 HBCU/MSI attendees and a good amount of NASA prime contractors including Boeing and SAIC that participated in the open forum Q&A. This was a good opportunity to ask questions about the Mentor Protégé Program, STMD’s Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technical Transfer opportunities and the Office of Education’s grant and cooperative agreement opportunities. I felt like the event was extremely productive and we took away many lessons learned to make our next event even more beneficial.

The next NASA HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour will be on April 19-21, 2016 at The University of Texas at El Paso. Based off our first event, I have no doubt that I will be just as impressed with this one if not more. Our Eventbrite link is open where you can register and find out more details on this upcoming Road Tour
I wish everyone a happy and safe spring and thank you for reading my latest post!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

FY16 Small Business Industry Days

March 1, 2016 is just around the corner. The NASA Small Business Program will be in Pasadena, California for the Service- Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Industry Day hosted by the NASA Management Office (NMO) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). You can still register for the event here:SDVOSB Industry Day. Glenn Research Center (GRC) will be hosting the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Industry Day on May 7, 2016 and Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) will be hosting the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Industry Day on August 9, 2016.

Registration for the WOSB and HUBZone Industry Days will open a couple months before the event takes place. Please keep a lookout on our Website, Twitter and Facebook for the events to open registration and for further details.

The NASA Small Business Program holds industry days to reach out to small businesses that may not have had networking opportunities with NASA. Attending one of our industry days will provide the perfect opportunity to seek further information on how you can do business with NASA. Your business could help support our various missions here on earth and into deep space. We encourage small businesses to sign up across the nation no matter what socioeconomic category you may be!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Ringing in the New Year

As we say farewell to 2015 and welcome the New Year, what do you typically reflect on as the year comes to a close? I like to reflect on what has transpired over the last 12 months and brainstorm new resolutions for the road ahead. We all like to be reminded of the highlights, success and cheerful endeavors, however, let’s also look at our setbacks and weaknesses so we can learn and grow from them moving forward.  

The NASA Office of Small Business Programs will continuously look for new innovative and creative ways to promote the development and management of NASA programs that assist all socioeconomic categories of Small Business.

As you think about your 2016 New Year’s resolutions, consider your local small businesses and think of ways to continue supporting them! We are looking forward to seeing the new ways that small businesses will help NASA achieve its mission next year and the years ahead! 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays!

The NASA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Holiday season. We hope that this holiday brings you happiness, health and peace in the winter months ahead.
If you are traveling, please travel safely and enjoy your time with friends and relatives.

As the calendar year comes to an end, I would like to thank the center’s Small Business Specialists and the OSBP team for their hard work this year and I wish each you and your families a happy holiday season!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Small Business Saturday

I want to invite NASA personnel and the country to participate in Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015. Small Business Saturday is a way for everyone to celebrate your community’s local small businesses. 

My office will be hosting a Small Business Saturday Facebook Event and photo contest to encourage everyone to participate. Join our event and post a photo showing us how you support small business by using the following hashtags: #NASA #SmallBizSat and "Like" our page, NASA Office of Small Business Programs – NASA OSBP

You can also participate on Twitter by following us and tweeting your photos @NASA_OSBP using the hashtags #NASA #SmallBizSat. The best photos that show the most small business pride on Facebook and Twitter will have a feature in our next newsletter!   

Help us share the #NASA #OSBP #SmallBizSat photo contest!


Monday, August 31, 2015

2nd Annual NASA Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)/Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Partnerships Meeting

I am pleased to announce that the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) will be holding the 2nd Annual NASA Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)/Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Partnerships Meeting.This event is hosted by NASA's Office of Small Business Programs, the Office of Education and the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Small Business Office. This event is crucial for targeting NASA's current and future prime and subcontracting opportunities for HBCUs/MSIs. One of our centerwide goals has always been to target this particular socioeconomic category by providing an event for HBCU/MSI representatives to network. NASA's prime contractors such as Aerojet Rocketdyn, Ch2M Hill, Jacobs, Lockeed Martin, United Launch Alliance, SAIC, Orbital ATK, The Boeing Company, Northrop Gruman, Teledyne Brown Engineering and Wyle will be in attendance. This special opportunity will be hosted by Marshall Space Flight Center on September 16, 2015. Please visit this link for further details and to register.

Friday, August 28, 2015

High-Tech Small Business at Ames Research Center

I had the opportunity to go to Ames Research Center (ARC) where I met with many companies to learn about their current projects coming out of the Research Park. High-Tech Small Businesses with emerging technologies are constantly providing NASA with the resources to reach our goals faster than ever before. Just to name a few, I had the opportunity to meet with a company called skyTran. They are working on transporting high-speed vehicles using magnetic levitation (Maglev) with a patented Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system. I got to see the folks over at Made In Space for the second time this year. Made In Space is the SBIR/STTR Phase II Company that invented the 3-D printer that operates in zero gravity. Rhombus Power, is known for a scaleable platform for detecting sub-atomic particles with their product known as Mercury. Scanadu Technology uses sensor technology to personalize medicine and The Peregrine Falcon Corporation helped design parabolic reflectors for the A1 antenna on the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU-A) flight instrument. It was a pleasure meeting each and every one of these companies and learning about their continued successes at NASA. 

With the folks at skyTran