Hello friends,
I'm really excited about this month's "MAKE IT Monthly" talk next Wednesday, February 22. It's going to be super practical and fun. Are you eager to drive more demand for your products through social media and your website?You'll leave with a ton of DIY tips, a resource guide, and new connections. Last chance to register! Discount code below.

Lots of events coming up--see our list of some notable ones below. We also highlight some local community leaders, including the director of the new USC Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which is launching next week.

Enjoy!
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. 

DIY Social Media Tips for Brands & Manufacturers

New digital platforms let new products gain awareness quickly and drive sales. Learn how to plan and execute your digital strategy at our next #MAKEITtalk Wednesday, February 22. Leave with DIY skills, a resource guide, confidence, and connections. Register here. Discount code: MAKEITsocial.

Center for Advanced Manufacturing

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is launching their new Center for Advanced Manufacturing on February 24, 2017. In advance, we checked in with Dr. Satyandra Kumar “SK” Gupta, the center’s Director, to learn a little more about what they're cooking up.

Direct-to-Consumer Packaging: A Recap

Today online brands need to take the full customer experience of receiving and opening packages more seriously than ever. Did you miss our January event? Check out our recap from Jesse Genet's highly acclaimed, practical talk about ecommerce and packaging trends.

Startup Stories

Local entrepreneur Colleen Monroe of Untucked Workwear just launched her 100 Days To Go campaign. Every day for the next hundred days, she'll be sharing an Instagram Story to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a conscious, women-owned clothing startup in LA. What a fun idea! (New to Instagram Stories? Check out her quick guide.)

Profile: Rick Kanter of barrio.la

We're a big fan of barrio.la, a local lifestyle and e-commerce site that aims to help local businesses grow. We spoke with Rick Kanter--who will be giving February's #MAKEITtalk--to learn more about what he and his sister Jen Kanter are up to with the company. Read more here.

Podcast Season Two

Season Two of The Art of Manufacturing will be dropping in March. Stay tuned for more grit, more business insights, more technology, and plenty of crazy entrepreneurial stories from founders and innovators. Don't miss an episode: subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music, or your favorite podcast player. Learn more here.

Upcoming Regional Events...

  • Feb 18 - Symposium on Motivated Smart Objects at UCLA (Westside)
  • Feb 19 - Pier 9 Residency Program applications due
  • Feb 19 - Electronics II - Intro to Arduino at Hexlab (SF Valley)
  • Feb 20-23 - MAGIC Fashion Spring Shows 2017 (Vegas)
  • Feb 22 - MAKE IT: Social Media for Brands and Manufacturers (DTLA)
  • Feb 23 - Workshopspace Gathering by Localism! (Long Beach)
  • Feb 24 - Opening of USC Center For Advanced Manufacturing
  • Feb 27 - B2B E-Commerce for Advanced Manufacturers (DTLA)
  • Feb 27-29 - Los Angeles International Textile Show (DTLA)
  • Mar 1 - Pacific Trade Alliance Forum (DTLA)
  • Mar 1 - Toolbox: Agriculture Meets Startups (DTLA)
  • Mar 8-10 - SoCal Aerospace Expo - B2B Matchmaking (DTLA)
  • Mar 9 - AMP SoCal Bi-Annual Meeting (DTLA)
  • Mar 13-15 - 31st Annual Commercial Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference (Westside)
  • Mar 22 - MAKE IT: How to work with contract manufacturers to scale your product (DTLA)
  • Mar 29 - California  Aerospace & Aviation Day (Sacramento)
  • Mar 30 - SwitchPitch Aerospace event (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
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