Happy New Year!
We're kicking off a year of "MAKE IT Monthly" educational events next Wednesday. Come get a tour of Lumi and hear CEO Jesse Genet talk about packaging design. Discount code below.

Some good and bad news in local manufacturing this month. Challenges at American Apparel, but a hearty congrats to SpaceX. The City of Los Angeles has been busy helping connect companies with technology and talent.

Krisztina 'Z' Holly
Chief Instigator, MAKE IT IN LA
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MAKE IT IN LA is Mayor Garcetti’s region-wide initiative
to connect and celebrate the nation’s largest community of makers. 

Direct-to-Consumer Packaging

Delight your customer in a new era of retail. On Jan 25, learn how to leave a lasting impression from the moment your product arrives. Take a tour of Lumi, hear insights from CEO Jesse Genet, and connect with other manufacturers. Register here. Discount code MAKEITboxes.

TechFair LA

On Thurs, Jan 26, connect with local talent and the L.A. tech community at this first ever job fair of its kind in LA. Attend for free, or host a booth for $100 to meet 6,000+ registered job seekers..This event at the REEF in DTLA will be the who’s who in local tech. Don’t miss an opportunity to connect with technologies and partners that could help scale your business; register here.

 

Skilled Garment Workers for Hire

The City of Los Angeles, in collaboration with local, county, and state partners, are working to support and place former American Apparel employees that have been laid off. If you are interested in hiring or supporting these efforts, contact Adrienne Lindgren in LA Mayor Garcetti's office: adrienne.lindgren@lacity.org or mobile: (213) 610-8277.

Way to go SpaceX!

Local rocket company SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully delivered 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into space before returning to a drone ship. This is their first launch since their ill-fated fueling explosion in September. They'll be busy in upcoming months fulfilling their $10 billion in launch orders. Read more here.

#MAKEITMonthly events

This year we will be rolling out a season of monthly educational events aimed at designers, emerging brands, and growth-minded manufacturers. This series features practical talks that will help your scale your business and time to network with colleagues. Save the dates so far...

  • Jan 25 - Direct-to-Consumer Packaging: Delighting Customers in a New Era of Retail
  • Feb 23 - Social Media for Emerging Brands: DIY Tips for Big Results
  • Mar 22 - From Prototype to Scale: How to Partner with Contract Manufacturers
Thanks to sponsors Califia Farms and Happily! If you are interested in sponsoring an event or series, contact Z Holly at z@makeitinla.org.
Save the date! Some other interesting upcoming regional events...
  • Jan 20 - California Business International and Domestic Trade Conference, hosted by LA Regional Export Council and Port of LA (West LA)
  • Jan 26 - TechFair LA - hosted by LA Mayor's office (DTLA)
  • Feb 1 - 6th Annual Manufacturer's Summit (Ontario)
  • Feb 2 - Trade X, hosted by Port of LA and Braid Theory with special Mayor's Office Reception (San Pedro)
  • Feb 3 - Toolbox LA (SaMo)
  • Feb 7-9 - 32nd annual Medical Design & Manufacturing West conference
  • Feb 7-9 - Smart Manufacturing Innovation Summit
  • Feb 7-9 - Pacific Design & Manufacturing Conference (Anaheim)
  • Feb 16 - World Ag Expo (Tulare, CA)
  • Feb 17 - Spaceport LA New Year Gala
If you have events to add to our regional calendar, please email calendar@makeitinla.org with URL, title, description, location, and time.
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MAKE IT IN LA is Mayor Garcetti’s new region-wide initiative
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