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Many great events coming up. Next Wednesday's "MAKE IT" talk about partnering with contract manufacturers has clearly hit a nerve! We're almost full. Register ASAP if you want to attend. Discount code below. 

Other big events include L.A. Fashion Week, the LA Drone Summit, and a wealth of aerospace activities. Don't miss the deadlines for various incentives and programs offered up for local businesses this month as well.

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. 

From Prototype to Scale: How to Partner with Contract Manufacturers

You have a prototype, now what? Whether it's a garment or an electronic device, keep your production nimble, costs down, and innovation local by working with the right partners. Durolabs founder Michael Corr provides practical advice for getting your product off the ground. Register here. Discount code: MAKEITCMX.

LA Drone Summit

We're pleased to partner with the LA Tech Council and Starburst Accelerator to bring you a drone summit at Cross Campus in DTLA on Monday. Special guest Tyler MacCready of APIUM Swarm Robotics will kick off the evening aimed at conencting an aerospace and defense audience. Register here and use discount code DRTCOSC.

CA Tax Credits

Are you aiming to stay and grow in California? Consider applying for the CA Competes tax credit program. At least $68.3M is still up for grabs, with 25% reserved for small businesses. The final application deadline is March 27. Visit the GO-Biz website for more information and to apply.

Trade Accelerator

The International Business Accelerator (IBA) at Long Beach City College is offering a 12-week program for select companies to go global. They will work with you through one-on-one mentoring and curriculum-based training. The application deadline is March 24th. For more information and to apply, visit the IBA website.

Trade Connect

Speaking of trade, the City of Los Angeles is hosting a free, three hour introductory program on basic export essentials on April 18 from 1:00-5:30pm in Canoga Park. Learn how to identify overseas markets, plan logistics and documentation, and arrange trade finance and insurance. Register here.

Season Premiere: Kellie Johnson

The Art of Manufacturing podcast gives a behind-the-scenes look at entrepreneurs trying to “make it.” The season premiere features the president of ACE Clearwater. Learn how she overcame intimidation and stereotypes to turn her third-generation business into a high-tech aerospace powerhouse, and continues to stay at the cutting edge. Listen on iTunes or on the show notes.

Micha Thomas - The MiA Project

For our latest community profile, we check in with Micha Thomas, founder of The MiA (Made in America) Project. She is focusing her experience coaching changemakers and her passion for sustainability on supporting entrepreneurs and the manufacturing community. Read more here.

DIY Social Media

At last month's MAKE IT talk, Rick Kanter of barrio.la provided some practical DIY tips for emerging brands to drive demand for their products. Read a recap here. You don't need a big digital budget if you follow these guidelines.  From website and SEO to Instagram and LinkedIn, harness the power of your online presence.


Ellen Bennett, founder of local apron manufacturer Hedley & Bennett, hosted one of her renowned #BennettBrunches to celebrate local manufacturing on March 11. Entrepreneurs came together to make food and break bread together. Check out the sumptuous feast the gang made! 

Upcoming Regional Events...

  • Mar 16-19 - L.A. Fashion Week (DTLA)
  • Mar 18 - Women in Space (DTLA)
  • Mar 20 - LA Drone Summit (DTLA)
  • Mar 22 - MAKE IT: How to Partner with Contract Manufacturers (DTLA)
  • Mar 24 - International Trade Accelerator (DEADLINE)
  • Mar 24-25 - HardwareCon 2017 (Bay Area)
  • Mar 27 - CA Competes Tax Credit (DEADLINE)
  • Mar 29 - California  Aerospace & Aviation Day (Sacramento)
  • Mar 28-31 - The Biggest Startup Pitch Event in the US (Westside)
  • Apr 1 - EcoSessions: Fashion for Good (DTLA)
  • Apr 1-2 - Artisanal L.A. (DTLA)
  • Apr 6 - The Genius of Making w/UCLA (DTLA)
  • Apr 11 - ToolBox LA: Social Justice & Tech (Westside)
  • Apr 12 - MIXTURE meetup (Long Beach)
  • Apr 13 - UCLA Sugar Speaker Series: Ben Horowitz (Westside)
  • Apr 18 - Trade Connect (San Fernando Valley)
  • Apr 30-May 5 - Manufactured Housing Institute Annual Mtg (Las Vegas)
  • May 3 - SwitchPitch Space (Long Beach)
  • May 3 - ToolBox LA - HealthTech (Pasadena)
  • May 3-4 - Indoor Ag-Con (Las Vegas)
  • May 11-13 - National Hardware Show (Las Vegas)
  • May 13 - AMTELL School Maker Faire (South Bay)
  • May 13-14 - Unique LA Spring Market (DTLA)
  • May 14 - MILA Accelerator application (DEADLINE) 
  • May 18-21 - Unique CAMP (Big Bear)
  • May 23-25 - Space Tech Expo (Pasadena)
  • June 14-16 - Select LA Investment Summit (DTLA)
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
to connect and celebrate the nation’s largest community of makers.
For more information, visit www.makeitinla.org.

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