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Space Foundation Holds Space Commerce Workshop in Orlando

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

Today, the Space Foundation hosted a one-day Space Commerce Training Program in Orlando, Fla., funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. Registration for the workshop was free to Minority-Owned, Women-Owned and Veteran-Owned businesses.

In the workshop, industry experts shared information about emerging business opportunities within the space community. Some of the topics discussed included:

  • Positioning Your Company or Product
  • Scaling and Strategy
  • Creating Your Value Proposition
  • Partnering for Investment

The program was held at National Entrepreneur Center, Orlando, and opened with comments by Janeiro R. Coulter (pictured below), City of Orlando Minority Business Manager. The day also included a luncheon with featured speaker Matt Chesnut, Director of Business and Economic Development at Space Florida.

Other featured guests and presenters included:

  • Joni Richards, Customer Technology Manager, NASA Kennedy Space Center
  • Steve South, Program Manager, Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
  • Scott Ritchie, Director of Investor Relations, StarterStudio
  • Phil Zeman, Commercial Banker/SVP, CenterState Bank Central
  • G. Michael Lester, Technology Transfer Partnership Manager, KSC Technology Transfer Officer, Kennedy Space Center
  • Michael Vinje, KSC Small Business Technology Manager, NASA Kennedy Space Center
  • Shelli Brunswick, COO, Space Foundation
  • Diane Dimeff,  Chief Advisor, Space Foundation
  • Kelli Kedis Ogborn, Strategic Programs Advisor, Space Foundation


Reception and networking featured guests:

  • Judge Belvin Perry JR., Former Chief Judge in Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit
  • Jerry Ross, CEO, National Entrepreneur Center
  • Kevin Carr, CEO, FloridaMakes
  • Steve Lloyd, Chief Development Officer, All Points Logistics

The Space Foundation has been holding a series of training workshops around the country to help companies address the most common challenges faced in entering the space industry.

Those who missed the workshops, or those who want to follow up on their learning, may take advantage of the free Space Commerce Webinar and Speaker Series here.