Local Businesses To Explore Aerospace, Defense Sector Opportunities At ‘Beyond B2B: Connecting For Growth’

NEW ORLEANS – Explore the opportunities for collaboration in the aerospace and defense sectors, even if your business has never done so before, at The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) “Beyond B2B: Connecting For Growth” one-day conference, Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Hotel, 700 Tchoupitoulas St.

         As large firms seek out the innovation happening among small businesses and entrepreneurs, AIAA aims to connect the two sides. The conference will inform small businesses what the aerospace industry needs and what small businesses and entrepreneurs have to offer industrial leaders.

         This program has been developed in conjunction with GE Aviation and Jacobs. GE asked AIAA to create a forum that would give them the opportunity to find and interact with small businesses and entrepreneurs who have new and innovative ideas, and with whom they might form collaborative R&D or advanced technology development partnerships. Jacobs has successfully organized many of NASA’s Industry Days and has been instrumental in shaping the agenda and event activities, reps said.

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         Why large businesses should attend:

• Meet small businesses and entrepreneurs: Who are they? What do they offer? How can they partner with you?

• Find what you are missing: Your new subcontractors, vendors, collaborators, innovative technology, and/ or acquisitions may be here waiting for you.

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• Avoid all the hassle: This event is a “one-stop-shop” and the work of identifying, researching and organizing a meeting with these small businesses and entrepreneurs has been done for you.

• Great ROI: A single day event could lead to incredible potential upside.


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         Why small businesses/entrepreneurs should attend:

• Meet the large businesses: Who are they? What do they need? How to do business with them?

• Get an audience with the big firms: They are waiting to hear about you.

• Learn how to work with the government: Meet the government agencies, use their patents, join their mentor/ protégé program. learn how to do business with the government.

• Find connections with a new group of potential partners and find ways to help each other succeed.

• Learn how to protect your intellectual property.


         The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving a diverse range of more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries, and 95 corporate members, reps said.

         AIAA serves aerospace professionals around the world—who are shaping the future of aerospace—by providing the tools, insights and collaborative exchanges to advance the state of the art in engineering and science for aviation, space, and defense.

         Attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited.

         Tickets cost $25.00 per person.

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