The following events should be of particular interest to the OFRN Community.

Aerospace Opportunities for Manufacturers: What the future holds for aerospace, defense and beyond @ Lost Nation Airport and Lost Nation Sports Park Willoughby, OH
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Learn what you need to know to be successful in the aerospace and defense supply chain now and in the future. Even if you are not currently supplying products to the aerospace industry, there could be opportunities for you to do so. With new technology and the need to increase suppliers in both aerospace and defense, new opportunities exist for manufacturers all the time.  Learn how to take advantage of this growing sector.


We are honored to have Greg Harbaugh,  former astronaut and graduate of South High School in Lake County, as keynote luncheon speaker for this seminar.  Harbaugh made four shuttle missions during his career with NASA Glenn. He will share his experiences as a shuttle astronaut and provide a snapshot of current and future space developments—who’s doing what and why, and his predictions. He will also talk about InnerSpace consultants and leadership development. Harbaugh will be on hand for the evening networking reception.


  • Hear from a major aerospace manufacturer on how to increase sales or become part of their supply chain
  • Hear a brief overview on the latest standards impacting the Aerospace and Defense Sector, including AS9100D, as well as NIST standard for Cyber Security, presented by MAGNET
  • An update on funding and research opportunities for manufacturers partnering with university and federal organizations, presented by the Ohio Federal Research Network
  • The Aerospace Sector Team Leader from the U.S. Department of Commerce will cover best global opportunities and sector opportunities for success
  • NASA Glenn will provide insight into the next space missions and the types of technology and products needed for success
  • Hear from Former Wright Patterson AFB Employees who facilitated foreign military sales; learn how to successfully become part of their supply chain

RECEPTION — A networking reception featuring guest speaker Astronaut Greg Harbaugh will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the rooftop garden at Lakeland Community College’s new Health Technologies Building. Details to follow.

Organizer Kent State University – College of Aeronautics and Engineering, NEOTEC AND Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)

Sponsors and supporting organizations include: Lake County Port Authority, The City of Willoughby, First Energy, The Lakeland Foundation, Mohawk Global Logistics, City of Mentor, Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) and US Commercial Service.


OAI SBIR Workshop – Life Science and Health Care Technologies @ Ohio Aerospace Institute
Apr 18 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

This day-long workshop is for small businesses seeking to understand the nuances and best strategies for successfully competing for the Nation’s largest seed fund: between the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DOD) and other agencies, approximately half of the $2.5 – billion SBIR/STTR funding is directed at health care and life science innovations. Learn from former NIH SBIR/STTR manager what reviewers are looking for and understand how to properly construct a competitive application. The focus will be on life science and health care technologies with attention to the similarities and differences between the NIH and NSF SBIR programs.

Featured Speaker will be Lenka Fedorkova, Ph.D., CEO and Founder, bioPrime, LLC, a former executive manager of the SBIR/STTR programs across the NIH, FDA and CDC.

You will also hear from Vedang Kothari, CEO and President of MuReva Phototherapy.  He will share his experience and insights from the recent company launch of MuReva and their experience with SBIR and other funding in a successful start-up.

The program will also include Deborah Riley of MSM Group, Inc. who will give a basic tutorial on DCAA compliant accounting system requirements for small businesses.