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Orange County Defense Supply Chain and Business Resource Fair Helps Defense Companies and Small Businesses Increase Resilience, Pursue Contracts


[A room full of participants take in information from the San Diego ECEDC. Nearly 200 from across the OC and nearby regions registered to learn about how to access and be eligible for participation in the large defense supply chain, a significant portion of the economy in SoCal.]

-Dr. A. Cathleen Greiner, PhD, DSN, Business and Entrepreneurship, Orange County

The Orange County CASCADE (California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis & Diversification Effort) Defense Supply Chain and Business Resource Fair was held on January 16, 2019 at Coastline Community College, Garden Grove Campus. The event attracted over 100 invited participants.

The purpose of the event was to give defense companies valuable resources to help them become more resilient in the areas of supply chain and cybersecurity, as well as teach them about opportunities to diversify into non-defense government contracting and commercial markets.

The event also gave small businesses interested in doing defense work practical insights of how to pursue defense contracts.

The CASCADE Grant is led by the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and is comprised of 15 funded projects, including 10 multi-partner resource fairs throughout the state of California.

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), through Doing What Matters (DWM) for Jobs and the Economy and the Business and Entrepreneurship Sector, hosted the event in support of Defense companies, small business owners, community college faculty and employer/education collaborations.

The day-long event featured presentations from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Northrop Grumman (Global Supply Chain Process Management), CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz), the San Diego East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) and the California Community Colleges. 

Coastline President Dr. Loretta P. Adrian welcomed the group and highlighted Coastline’s Cybersecurity Program which has a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) designation by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Also, an emphasis on partnering with the many regional community colleges to access skilled workforce was noted throughout the session.


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