Strengthening Competitiveness

Are you a defense supplier ready to grow after facing cuts in defense spending?

F-35 Lightning IIStrengthening Competitiveness is an AMP SoCal program which can match university expertise in business administration, accounting, engineering or law to provide solutions for your business. Program services are available to small and medium manufacturing businesses in the defense supply chain who have been negatively affected by defense cuts in the past three years. Businesses must be located in the counties of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, or San Diego.

Some examples of technical assistance types include:

  • Value of your business
  • Developing a business plan
  • Forecasting sales
  • Organizing financial statements
  • Improving production quality
  • Increasing production efficiency
  • Preparing and applying for a loan
  • Succession planning
  • Review of operating expenses
  • Contract review
  • Training on new production methods and machines
  • Improving on time delivery rates
  • Diversifying customer base

The estimated time from application to final delivery of plan or service is 4-6 months, depending on the readiness of the business to participate. Qualified participants will certify that they have been negatively affected by defense cuts in the past there years. More details about the certification can be found on the certification form, which must be completed and sent to Tomás Durán, Program Administrator for inclusion in the program.


To apply for the program, please contact Tomás Durán, Program Administrator.

Tomás E. Durán

Program Administrator

(213) 740-4283
tduran@usc.edu