Episode 10 – How to Talk to Your Banker (When You Need $$)

November 8, 2018

Tomás Durán, Administrator, Special Projects & Strengthening Competitive Programs, AMP SoCal

A business loan interview can be an intimidating but necessary step to growing your business. Learn how to tell your business’ story in a way that will inspire confidence and put your best foot forward when meeting with financial representatives. Our webinar will include an engaging discussion about loan interview questions, business plan development, slide deck presentation, and strategic preparation for potential red flag issues that may hinder your path forward.

Episode 9 – How Desktop 3D Printers Save Time and Money in Manufacturing

June 8, 2018

Mara Hitner, Director, Business Development, MatterHackers

Desktop 3D printers have become powerful, reliable machines essential to any manufacturing workflow. Dual extrusion with dissolvable support, durable materials like carbon fiber and polycarbonate, and price tags fit for the desk of every engineer make these sub-$6000 tools useful for custom jigs, fixtures, molds, prototypes, and low-volume manufacturing. During this webinar we discuss case studies, and how current desktop 3D printers can be the right tool for the right job.

Episode 8 – Advanced Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at WSU

April 6, 2018

Debra Franklin, M.B.A. Director of Strategic University Initiatives, Wichita State University

Wichita State University is home to one of the oldest aerospace engineering programs in the country. The WSU labs and research play an active role in reducing time to market for new product development while also supporting workforce development for new design technologies/ advanced materials. In the last few years, the University was able to secure funding and land to build the Wichita State Innovation Campus, Advanced Manufacturing Demonstration Facility/3D Experience Center at WSU Experiential Engineering Building. This state of the art facility is a shining example of industry/university collaboration and a resource for industry across the globe.

Episode 7 – Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Group (SWAG)

February 16, 2018

Tracy DiFilippis, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Goodwill SoCal
Jeffrey Forrest, Vice-President, Workforce Development, College of the Canyons
Daniel Wierman, Executive Assistant, S&H Machine

The Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Group (SWAG) drives the expansion of apprenticeship in the State of California and throughout the country by partnering with industry, education and workforce development partners, and government. We work with school districts and community colleges to provide instruction that aligns with the needs of employers and offer strategic support and guidance to the workforce development community in order to integrate apprenticeships into their workforce agenda. We use a return on investment (ROI) calculator to show the economic impact apprenticeships can generate. Ultimately, SWAG creates guided pathways to gainful employment, which can lead to long-term economic growth and prosperity for regions, the state and nation.

Episode 6 – Exploring Additive Manufacturing for Your Company

September 21, 2017

Chris Wentworth, Additive Manufacturing Technology Lead, CMTC

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a technology that has matured and evolved rapidly in recent years. Although it has commonly been referred to as 3D printing, it is now being referred to as “Additive Manufacturing” because of its real world impact on manufacturing. AM technologies are continuing to advance quickly. Mainstream equipment producers are now entering the market, leading to new additive processes being developed. These new processes have made a wide range of production grade materials available, such as titanium, tool steel and a wide range of plastics. Chris Wentworth, an AM expert, delivers a dynamic overview of the evolution of this exciting manufacturing technology during episode 6 of the AMP SoCal webinar series.

Episode 5 – The Role of B2B in E-Commerce

August 17, 2017

Leah Goold-Haws, Director, Global Trade & Logistics, Center for International Trade Development (CITD), Long Beach City College

Entering foreign markets can seem like a long and daunting process, and many businesses wonder if it’s worth the effort. But did you know that companies who export are 17% more profitable than those who don’t? Exporting opens a wide range of opportunities and helps businesses weather local economic cycles more effectively. Leah Goold-Haws discusses some of the considerations businesses should factor into their growth plan by giving an overview of the B2B E-Commerce for Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM) program offered at CITD.

Episode 4 – Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)

July 13, 2017

Jim Davis, Vice Provost Information Technology & Chief Academic Technology Officer, UCLA; Co-Founder Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition
Dale Turner, 
Director, CESMII California Regional Manufacturing Center

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) brings over $140 million in public-private investment to radically improve the precision, performance and efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing. CESMII is the 9th Institute of the Manufacturing USA, established by the White House to spur U.S. innovation, sustainability and competitiveness. CESMII is a national network of Regional Manufacturing Centers (RMCs) each focused on local relationships with opportunities for national impact in the areas of technology transfer and workforce development. The power of the network is cross-linking resources, capabilities and expertise across business, workforce and technical focus areas, leveraging each region’s unique industrial environments. The headquarters is located in Los Angeles, CA.

Episode 3 – Cybersecurity for Manufacturers: Are You Ready for the 12/31/17 Deadline?

June 8, 2017

Martha Daniel, the founder, president and CEO of Cytellix and its parent company, Information Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI)

Cyber threats are increasing in sophistication and frequency. The protection of data has become a necessity in today’s environment. In response to growing cybersecurity concerns, all commercial government, supply chain, manufacturing, aerospace, and automotive suppliers must implement the cybersecurity controls, listed in the NIST 800-171 guidelines by December 31, 2017. Failure to comply will reduce or eliminate an organization’s chances of qualification to renewing contracts and/or being awarded new contracts. Is your business ready?

Episode 2*

March 31, 2017

*The apprenticeship program discussed during this webinar is no longer active, however as of August 2017 the Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Group (SWAG) launched, which is a DOL registered apprenticeship program offering flexible employer-driven opportunities, please contact Tracy DiFilippis at tdfilippis@goodwillsocal.org for more information.

Episode 1 – Employment Training Panel (ETP)

February 24, 2017

Yvonne Jonason, Economic Development Analyst, Employment Training Panel

ETP provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good paying, long-term jobs. The ETP was created in 1982 by the California State Legislature and is funded by California employers through a special payroll tax. The ETP is a funding agency, not a training agency. Businesses determine their own training needs. ETP staff and other participating AMP SoCal partners are available to assist in accessing funds and other aspects of participation. Learn more!