Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses

Washington, DC – April 21,at Earth Day Texas 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 38 small businesses that will collaborate with national lab researchers through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV facilitates access to the DOE national labs for American small businesses, enabling them to tap into the intellectual and technical resources they need to overcome critical technology challenges for their advanced energy products and gain a global competitive advantage. Eight DOE national laboratories will receive funding to partner with 38 competitively selected small businesses across the country.

“Small businesses are the engine of our economy, and those working on advanced energy technologies play an important role in ensuring our nation’s energy security and independence,” said Energy Secretary Rick Perry during his remarks at Earth Day Texas. “The Small Business Vouchers program is a great example of how DOE’s innovative public-private collaborations are ensuring our investments in DOE national labs are maintaining and strengthening U.S. competitiveness long-term.”

In the first two rounds of the program, 12 DOE national labs received funding to partner with 76 small businesses. With today’s announcement, SBV will have forged partnerships between 114 American small businesses and the national labs. A full list of SBV projects and participating DOE national labs is available at

The eight DOE national laboratories participating in the new round of collaborations are home to some of the most advanced, cutting edge facilities in the world, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, Argonne National Laboratory’s Prototype Cell Fabrication Facility, and Sandia National Laboratories’ Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility.

Small businesses developing advanced technologies often need unique facilities and experts to test, develop, and validate their innovative products. DOE national labs house these capabilities, but accessing the labs is a challenge most small businesses can’t overcome. SBV facilitates access to the DOE national labs for qualified small businesses by making the contracting process simple, lab practices transparent, and the labs’ unique facilities available.

DOE labs participating in the new round of collaboration include: Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Savannah River National Laboratory.  

Free Webinar on the Education Landscapes in Nigeria and Ghana


Register for Free Webinar on the Education Landscapes in Nigeria and Ghana

Tuesday, May 9th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Is your school interested in recruiting more students from Sub-Sahara Africa? If you seek to diversify your student body, increase enrollment and want more information about how to connect with students from West Africa, this webinar is for you.

Webinar Information
Learn from the US Commercial Service and EducationUSA specialists about higher education systems, current market trends and typical student profiles from Nigeria and Ghana.

Find out what opportunities are available for U.S higher education institutions, including the upcoming Education Recruitment Tours to Nigeria and Ghana in September 2017.

Why Nigeria?
This market is the largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, both in terms of the economy and the population. One-fifth of Nigeria’s population is between the ages of 15 and 24, creating significant demand for higher education opportunities. As the demand cannot be met domestically, students are searching for international opportunities. Education fairs will be held in both Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria.

Why Ghana?
Ghana has experienced a decade of sustained economic growth, and its education expenditure relative to income is double the average for the African continent. These factors, coupled with the fact that English is the primary language of instruction, sets Ghana as the second largest sender of students to the United States. U.S. schools will participate in an education fair in Accra, in addition briefings, meetings, and networking events.

USCIS to issue redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

The new redesigned Green Cards and EADs

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will be introducing a redesign to the Permanent Resident Cards commonly known as a Green Cards and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project.

Te new cards will be issued beginning May 1, 2017.

The new designs will include enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features making the cards highly secure and more tamper-resistant than the ones currently in use.

The USCIS said that the new card designs demonstrate USCIS’ commitment to continue taking a proactive approach against the threat of document tampering and fraud. They are also part of an ongoing effort between USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enhance document security and deter counterfeiting and fraud.

The new Green Cards and EADs will:
Display the individual’s photos on both sides;

Show a unique graphic image and color palette:

Green Cards will have an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominately green palette;

EAD cards will have an image of a bald eagle and a predominately red palette;

Have embedded holographic images; and

No longer display the individual’s signature.

Also, Green Cards will no longer have an optical stripe on the back.

Some individuals might still receive the older version of the Green Cards and EADs even after May 1, 2017 as USCIS uses up existing card stock until current supplies are depleted.

Both the existing and the new Green Cards and EADs will remain valid until the expiration date shown on the card.

According to the USCIS, both versions are acceptable for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, E-Verify, and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE).

Some older Green Cards do not have an expiration date. These older Green Cards without an expiration date remain valid. Individuals who have Green Cards without an expiration date may want to consider applying for a replacement card bearing an expiration date.

Obtaining the replacement card will reduce the likelihood of fraud or tampering if the card is ever lost or stolen.

Buy American, Hire American

On Tuesday, April 18th, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order aimed at strengthening and enforcing his “Buy American, Hire American” agenda.

President Trump visited Snap-on Tools in Kenosha, WI to tour the facility and deliver remarks highlighting his Administration’s commitment to helping American workers. The President told those in attendance, “I am proud to announce that we are about to take bold new steps to follow through on my pledge to buy American and hire American.”

The President’s Executive Order sends a clear message to the world, that his presidency will always defend American workers, American jobs, and American interests. Speaking to the many Wisconsin residents and Snap-on Tools employees, President Trump declared that “the policy of our government is to promote the use of American-made goods and to help ensure that American labor is hired to do the job.”

The President was joined by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Senator Ron Johnson, and his Chief of Staff and Kenosha native Reince Priebus. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Education Secretary DeVos also joined the President at Snap-on Tools.

President Trump is committed to fighting for American workers all across the country, and this Executive Order is one more step toward fulfilling that commitment. “We believe American projects should be made with American goods.”

7th Annual SBA Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference

April 12, 2017 | 8:00 am PDT – 3:30 pm PDT
Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA,92614
SBA Santa Ana District Office

The SBA’s Santa Ana District Office and Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC are proud to present the 7th Annual Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference. The 2017 Conference will be held at the Hotel Irvine on April 12, 2017.

The purpose of this Conference is to provide a forum to educate, guide, and assist small business, in working with federal, local, and state governments. This event will provide an opportunity to meet buyers and contracting officers from large companies and government agencies to discuss business opportunities in a one-on-one setting.

The SBA’s Santa Ana District Office is engaging subject matter experts to deliver informative presentations on topics of importance to government and commercial sector prime and subcontractors through numerous workshops. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking.

Keep in mind: THIS IS A TOOL IN THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS. DO NOT EXPECT TO WIN A CONTRACT ON-SITE. Ask pertinent questions and find out what companies and agencies are looking for and what you need to do to qualify.

This will be our largest conference to date. You can’t afford to miss this event.

$80 fee, Pre-registration Required by 04/11, 7th Annual SBA Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference: Southern California’s Largest Small Business Matchmaking Event! The purpose of this Conference is to provide a forum to educate, guide, and assist small businesses in working with federal, local, and state governments. This event will provide an opportunity to meet buyers and contracting officers from large companies and government agencies to discuss business opportunities in a one-on-one setting. The SBA’s Santa Ana District Office is engaging subject matter experts to deliver informative presentations on topics of importance to government and commercial sector prime and subcontractors through numerous workshops. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking!

U.S. Wastewater Treatment Business Development Mission to China

ITA Logo Two Column Event Flyer (US Letter)

Join the U.S. Wastewater Treatment Business Development Mission to China
June 11 – 17, 2017

The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), is organizing an Executive-led Wastewater Treatment Business Development Mission to Beijing, Nanjing, and Guangzhou China.

This mission is a follow-up to an April 2015 Smart Cities – Smart Growth Business Development Mission to China led by Secretary Pritzker. This mission will promote U.S. exports to China by supporting U.S. companies in launching or increasing their business in the marketplace products and services relating to wastewater treatment, including industrial wastewater treatment. Key elements will include business-to-government and business-to-business meetings, market briefings, and networking events.

Commercial Setting

China’s dire environmental situation has galvanized the government to initiate political objectives to invest in new technology to combat water, air, and soil contamination. Under the 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020), investment in environmental protection is estimated to reach US$ 1.37 trillion. Of that amount, about US$ 291 billion will be dedicated to water pollution control.

Investments are to focus mostly on monitoring of pollution, as well as control action plans to decrease contamination amounts. Since the environmental market has been identified by the government as a strategic industry, it is expected to continue its growth over the next few years, and likely even beyond given the scope of the work to be done. From 2011 to 2015, the industry grew at an average annual growth rate of over 15 percent. It is expected to maintain its growth at an annual average rate of 30 percent. In the next ten years China’s environmental technologies market is expected to grow exponentially, eclipsing the $275 billion U.S. market and becoming the largest global consumer of environmental technologies by 2025. As a global leader in producing and implementing environmental technologies, the United States’ environmental technologies industry is poised to grow dramatically if the U.S. can successfully position itself as China’s primary provider of these technologies and associated services.

U.S. companies are well positioned to take advantage of immediate opportunities in air pollution monitoring and control; water and wastewater treatment and protection; and waste management.

Mission Goals:
This mission will demonstrate the United States’ commitment to sustained economic partnerships in China. The mission’s purpose is to support the business development goals of U.S. firms as they construct a firm foundation for future business in China and specifically aims to:

• Assist in identifying potential partners and strategies for U.S. companies in the target sectors.
• Confirm U.S. Government support for the activities of U.S. businesses in China and to provide access to senior decision makers in the Chinese government.
• Listen to the needs, suggestions and experience of individual participants to help shape appropriate U.S. Government positions regarding U.S. business interests in the region.
• Organize private and focused events with local business and association leaders capable of becoming partners and clients of U.S. firms as they develop their business in each country.
• Assist development of competitive strategies and market access with high level information gathering from private and public-sector leaders.

Trade Mission Features:

Trade mission delegates will participate in a five-day program, including roundtables and policy meetings with officials in China. The mission will stop in Beijing, Nanjing, and Guangzhou. In Beijing, the capital of China, the schedule will primarily consist of scene setting briefings and engagements with Chinese officials. The mission will coincide with the China International Environmental Protection Exhibition and Conference (CIEPEC). CIEPEC is the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s biennial sponsored trade show and conference. CIEPEC draws officials from all regional Environmental Protection Bureaus (EPBs) and municipalities, providing access to the tendering organizations that are developing water and wastewater treatment plant projects. Participants will have an opportunity to walk this trade show floor, as well as have a series of one-on-one meetings with pre-screened potential agents, distributors, and representatives at the show. In Nanjing and Guangzhou, participants will also have one-on-one meetings with pre-screened potential partners, as well as meet end users and government officials.

Following the stops in Beijing and Nanjing, the delegation will travel to Guangzhou, where they will meet with pre-screened potential partners, end users and government officials. In each city, the participants will also attend market briefings by U.S. Embassy officials and other industry experts, as well as networking events offering further opportunities to speak with local business and industry decision-makers.

Fees and Expenses
• $5,300 for a small or medium-sized enterprise (less than 500 employees)
• $5,700 for a large firm
•$500 for each additional firm participant

Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant

To Apply
Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than May 12, 2017. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions until the maximum number of participants is reached. We will inform applicants of selection decisions as soon as possible after applications are reviewed. Applications received after May 1, 2017 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.

General Information and Applications:
The Office of Business Liaison
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 5062
Washington, DC 20230

Proposed Technological Hub Being Discussed in Compton


An artist’s rendering with an aerial perspective shows the HubCity Live project, a new technological hub proposed for the city of Compton. The proposed development could provide more than 1,000 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs for the area. (Courtesy photo)

COMPTON — With a new technological hub proposed here, the city is hoping to produce the next Snapchat or Steve Jobs.

HubCity Live is a $145 million development that will house a seven-story innovation and business center with labs, offices and flats, a three-story cultural and education center including a performing arts theatre and fitness facility, and a five-story plaza with a virtual reality video game arcade, shops and restaurants.

Ivory Chambeshi, the project’s community and economic development director, said she is most enthusiastic about the business and innovation site since it can “show urban youth that they are valuable and they can have the possibility to work with entrepreneurs and see the potential for their lives.”

The component will include an incubator, a Hackerspace (a community project area), a supercomputing lab, a Makerspace consisting of a wood shop and machine shop and a three-dimensional printer lab. Entrepreneurs can also take advantage of six living labs (apartments that integrate a group workspace), 36 co-office spaces and 25 micro-flats.

“I’m excited that the city gets to experience this for generations to come,” said Rickie Byars Beckwith, the founder of HubCity Live. “We can come together to talk about what’s wrong in the world, or more importantly, what’s right in the world and how we can keep it going.”

Though one of the project’s main goals is to create an environment for long-term innovation, its directors also aim to generate construction and retail jobs for the local population.

The HubCity Live team plans to dedicate 10 percent of the 1,070 available construction and 500 permanent jobs to locals, ex-offenders and other “hard-to-employ” populations, Chambeshi said. It has also made a commitment to increase the involvement of veterans in technology.

By integrating the community and investing in its creative development, the HubCity Live directors said the project will benefit all residents rather than pushing them out through gentrification.

“This is definitely something we’re sensitive to, as a minority and woman-run project,” Chambeshi said, adding that the city already has strong rates of home ownership.

“On the other side of the coin of gentrification is displacement, and we’re adding units of housing.”

The target site is also an unused area, though the team is still considering three other spaces, according to Chambeshi.

The project is currently undergoing preliminary discussions with Compton’s Mayor Aja Brown and the City Council to secure the property. Chambeshi said it is slated for completion in 2019.

“A lot of people will see the area from the Artesia (91) Freeway, and to have that associated with Compton would be great,” said Compton’s chief building official David Dent.

Its proximity to the MTA Blue Line and its status as a hub for traffic from the Port of Long Beach also makes Compton an ideal location for such a development, according to Chambeshi.

“Urban America is overlooked as a site for tech innovation,” she said.

The development was born out of Beckwith’s desire to expand her mobile arts education program and summer camp, Kuumba In Motion, to include Compton students.

When the 2015 movie “Straight Outta Compton” was released, it did not screen in the city because it has no movie theater, a fact that underscored the lack of a strong cultural presence in Compton, Chambeshi said.

Although plans for HubCity Live do not include a movie theater, the performing arts theater will have screening capabilities.

The potential for a creative hub has also attracted celebrity attention. Advisory board members will include actresses Rosario Dawson and Hillary Swank, as well as former professional boxer Laila Ali (daughter of Muhammad Ali), inspirational speaker Iylana Vanzant and singer Siedah Garrett.

Wave Newspapers
By: Anne Artley