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This nationally televised concert raises awareness of the mental health issues, including brain health faced by those who have served our country, and raises funds for the non-profit organizations that support them.

The Veterans and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA), one of the fastest growing non-profit trade associations serving veteran military entrepreneurs (VMEs) is once again proud to announce sponsorship of the America Salutes You concert series, “Guitar Legends for Heroes II.”

On Sunday December 2nd , some of the world’s best guitarists will hit the stage at the Novo Theater in Los Angeles to thank our military, veterans and their loved ones for their sacrifices, while raising funds for the high impact charities that support them.

In addition to performing, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons will take on hosting duties The all-star event will feature special performances by Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Sammy Hagar, Orianthi, Joe Bonamassa, and many more.

The concert will be recorded and nationally televised for later broadcast.

Charity recipients benefiting from this music-filled evening include the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, HeadStrong, GIFT and the Independence Fund.

“We, as a nation, must recognize both the sacrifices made and the challenges faced by those who have served in our country’s military,” said Debbie Gregory, founder and CEO of VAMBOA. “If we are sincere in our gratitude for their service, we must ensure that we care for all servicemembers, past and present, and their families. We do this by providing the resources they need to live full, productive and happy lives.”

“I can’t wait until December 2nd in Los Angeles when America Salutes You presents Guitar Legends 2, starring amazing guitarists who are donating their time to raise awareness about and funds for brain and mental wellness charities, particularly for veterans and first responders,” said Bob Okun, Executive Producer.

The concert is made possible by the generous financial support of Walgreens, AT&T, KLOVE, AXS TV, Tribune Media, United Airlines and Production Glue.

About America Salutes You
America Salutes You is a 501c3 organization created to express our national gratitude to our service members, veterans and their families through an annual nationally broadcasted benefit concert that raises funds for a range of highly rated charities. One hundred percent of all money raised are granted to nonprofit organizations with programs that provide services to our troops, veterans and their families.

You’re invited to listen to Debbie Gregory’s interview on Lt. Col. (Ret.) Denny Gillem’s radio show on Frontlines of Freedom Military Talk Radio at:

Frontlines of Freedom is designed to address and discuss the most pressing issues facing our armed forces, veterans and their families.

During the interview, Debbie touched on her family’s rich history of  service and her reasons for founding VAMBOA. Debbie also referenced her previous role as the CEO of, and the great number of non-profits we have been privileged to work with.

Debbie shared that she felt one of the  biggest take-aways from the Power Your Business Conference that VAMBOA produced in conjunction with Amgen was the information our members  received from the corporations present as to how to do business with them.

This year, one of Debbie’s goals is starting a veteran incubator to help veteran start-ups get their businesses off the ground, and take them to the next level. The great thing about an incubator is the collaborative environment that exists when people share ideas.

If you’re not already a member, you are invited to join the 7,200+ members nationwide. There is no fee to join.

Guests on Frontlines of Freedom include Cabinet members, generals, admirals, officers of all ranks, enlisted members, politicians, and of course, our very own Debbie Gregory.

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Conference, with America’s Money Answers Man Jordan Goodman
Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen and Speakers from: SBA, VA, DOL, & Top Corporations took place on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at Amgen’s Corporate Conference Center in Thousand Oaks.

The conference focused on Certification/Verification, Financing, and Winning Government and Private Sector Business.

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VAMBOA & DiversityComm Join Forces to Provide Resources

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VAMBOA & DiversityComm Join Forces to Provide Resources to Military and Veteran Business Owners.

The Veterans and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is proud to announce that it has once again joined forces with DiversityComm to offer beneficial resources to the readers of U.S. Veterans Magazine and secure free subscriptions for VAMBOA members.

VAMBOA is a non-profit 501(c)6 trade association with more than 7,200 members nationwide. Known as the “go-to” association for Veteran and Military Business Owners, VAMBOA assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners with development, growth and prosperity. VAMBOA is supported through corporate sponsorships. There are no dues or membership fees for Veteran and Military Business members.

VAMBOA’s 7,200 members are in all business sectors from sole proprietors to large corporations. VAMBOA helps to spread the word about the excellent diversity programs of its sponsors, and from time to time, profiles key members with press releases, articles, blog posts, and on their social media network approaching a quarter of a million combined fans and followers.

Additionally, VAMBOA assists corporations in connecting sourcing professionals with qualified Veteran and Military Enterprises (VMEs) through face-to-face meetings and distributing their RFI/RFPs, thus increasing diversity spend. VAMBOA also provides the opportunity to network with corporate members and share their best practices in Supplier Diversity.

“By renewing our Memorandum of Understanding, we are pleased to be able to offer a valuable subscription to DiversityComm’s U.S. Veterans Magazine to our membership without any cost to them,” said VAMBOA CEO Debbie Gregory. “At the same time, we will be supplying editorial content to the magazine that will be of interest to the magazine’s readership. At VAMBOA, we value working with the DiversityComm team.”

DiversityComm has more than 25 years of professional expertise in all aspects of business and employment that ensures equal opportunity and diversity and inclusion advertising. In addition to U.S. Veterans Magazine, DiversityComm publishes Black EOE Journal, HISPANIC Network Magazine, Professional WOMAN’s Magazine, Diversity in STEAM Magazine and Diverseability Magazine.

September 2018 Aerospace & Defense Forum Newsletter

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Startups Selling Services, Tech Far Beyond Satellites And Rockets  

by Irene Klotz

Aviation Week & Space Technology

August 3, 2018

RBC Signals, a Seattle-based company is bringing the shared services business model to space-to-ground communications.  RBC is part of a small but growing cadre of companies jockeying to serve the expected tsunami of smallsats, the fastest growing segment of a global satellite industry worth $269 billion in 2017, according to the Satellite Industry Association. While spacecraft manufacturers and launch companies garner most of the attention and investment dollars, ventures such as RBC and LeoLabs, which sells satellite-tracking and mapping services, are diversifying the ecosystem of the New Space economy.

“I think that investing in the space sector and the growth of the space economy now is a massive opportunity to make a lot of money,” said Joe Landon, chairman of the venture capital firm Space Angels, at the NewSpace conference in Seattle in June.

Reimagine Aerospace Product Design with Generative Design & Advanced Composites  

Free Webinar

Date: September 18

Time: 8am pacific time

As per the 2018 Global Aerospace & Defense Outlook from Deloitte, the passenger air traffic is expected to grow at an average annual growth rate of 4.7% contributing to increased aircraft production. As aircraft production continues to grow, the key challenges the industry needs to consider include – strengthening the supply chain, effective program management and use of new and advanced technologies to become more efficient.

With the aviation emission regulations getting stricter, designers and engineers are being continually challenged to lightweight aircraft components while the development cycles keep getting shorter.

In this webinar, we’ll explore how new technologies such as Generative Design and advances in Composites design and manufacturing can help Aerospace companies reimagine existing products and develop the next generation of products.

Space Symposium  

Dates: September 25th and 26th

Location: Traverse City, Michigan

Sponsor: Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association

The symposium focus is on understanding and taking advantage of defense and commercial opportunities in near-earth and low orbit space.

Thought leaders and policy makers who are envisioning and implementing the USA’s presence in space will provide context for the program. Prime contractors and program managers will brief attendees on their current and planned projects. They will be detailing the needs and opportunities available to the USA’s supplier network.

Attendees representing small and medium size enterprises in the fields of engineering and manufacturing will have the opportunity to participate in B2B meetings with the presenting prime contractors.

Whether it is the Pentagon’s new Space Force, nano/microsatellite networks, or Missile Defense Systems, near earth outer space is becoming crowded with business opportunities. Growth focused enterprises who aspire to be part of the next generation of high tech companies will benefit from attending this event.


Winnipeg A&D Company: Owner wants to exit a 30+ year old A&D enterprise possessing C$20m in revenue and C$3+m of EBITDA. The aerospace operation has top equipment and customer approvals and C$60m of capacity (affords a low-cost source of production given exchange rates). The defense operation is literally unique in North America, and provides R&O for all types and generations of military land vehicles owned by the US, Canada, Australia, etc. Owner is seeking the FMV of the assets, and the operations can be sold separately. If interested, please contact Jeff Knakal, Growth Partners at Jeff@GrowthPartners.Net or 818-713-8000.

Manufacturing Day 2018

This year, National Manufacturing Day will be on October 5. It is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is – and what it isn’t. By working together, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

A&D Forum Upcoming Chapter Meetings  

See the Meeting Notices tab on the A&D Forum website for descriptions and links to RSVP to any of the meetings. Waitlists are maintained for all meetings and tours.
Joining chapter mailing lists is free.

Recordings of over 200 chapter presentations are available for download by A&D Forum members.

Orange County Chapter:

  • September – Dark because of holiday
  • October 4 – “Finding & Financing So.Calif A&D Companies”, panel of executives from A&D companies and private equity groups

South Bay Chapter:

  • Sept 12 – Tour of Systems Technology in Hawthorne
  • October 10  – Tour of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – a joint meeting of the South Bay and San Fernando Valley chapters

Dallas – Ft. Worth Chapter: September 13 – “Developments in Additive Manufacturing”, Kelly Knake & Sam Hockaday, Impac Systems Engineering

Arizona Chapter: September 27 – “United States Space Force: What does it mean for the Market?”, Benjamin Hernandez, CoFounder of the Arizona Spaceport Alliance

Los Angeles Chapter: Septembe 20 – A&D Leaders Evening (by invitation only)

San Fernando Valley Chapter:

  • September 13 – Tour of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, Valencia
  • October 10  – Tour of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – a joint meeting of the South Bay and San Fernando Valley chapters
  • November 15 – Tour of Vanderhorst Brothers, Inc. an advanced machining facility in Simi Valley

San Diego Chapter: Manufacturing Discussion/Orientation, Panelists/Speakers: TBD, July 24