• Cyber Security Apprenticeships & Training Opportunities

    NIDIA members – the recent Cyber attack on Colonial Pipeline serves as a cold reminder of the need to protect our companies from cyber criminals. If you have a need to beef up your cyber defense capabilities, there are a couple of opportunities available to train up your staff. Ivy Tech and Purdue University provide cyber apprenticeships/training. I believe both can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Please see the attached files for additional information on their offerings. See the links below for additional details.

    NIDIA Brief – Ivy Tech Grant for apprenticeships

    Industry Flyer – Gaboyan Purdue University

  • Rep. Banks Selected as Ranking Member of HASC Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems

    For Immediate Release
    May 18, 2021


    Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL), the Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee, announced two new Armed Services Subcommittee Ranking Members. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) will serve as the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) will serve as the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

    “I am pleased to announce that Representatives Jim Banks (R-IN) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) will be taking on new and important roles on the House Armed Services Committee,” Ranking Member Mike Rogers said. “Rep. Banks will serve as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems and Rep. Gallagher will serve as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. I am pleased to have two combat veterans in these roles. I have the utmost confidence that Representatives Banks and Gallagher will continue to be outstanding leaders as we work to strengthen our national defense and modernize our military to combat our rising adversaries.”

    “I thank Ranking Member Mike Rogers for the opportunity to lead Republican efforts on the Subcommittee on Military Personnel and was grateful to work on ensuring those serving and their families are well taken care of,” Banks said. “I am now honored to be asked to lead the Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems and look forward to advancing U.S. efforts on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and other key technology issues to modernize the Department of Defense and equip the military for the future of warfare.”

    “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. There is nothing more important than ensuring our service members have the resources they need to keep us safe, particularly in light of the growing threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party” Gallagher said. “As I take on this new role, I will be guided by the words of Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1 Warfighting, which reminds us the military has two basic functions: ‘…waging war and preparing for war. Any military activities that do not contribute to the conduct of a present war are justifiable only if they contribute to preparedness for a possible future one.’ I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure the Department is laser-focused on performing these functions and training our service members to be warriors – not wokesters.”

  • Third Coast Federal is Growing its Consulting Capability


    Third Coast Federal has been active in South Bend for over four years as a consultancy for local, small, entrepreneurial businesses wanting to break into the federal contracting and R&D space. Until a few weeks ago, the company consisted of two people — the president, Dave Temeles, and a client success manager, Clevon Brown. The addition of these four consultants, as well as a director of client engagement, and a PR function, is a significant leap in the company’s ability to create, discover and capture opportunities for local businesses. Greg Daniels, John Falvey and Rebecca Parker hail from AM General. Kathleen Rice Mosier has a long legal career behind her and teaches at the Notre Dame law school.

    Through its consultancy capabilities and the use of its Federal Navigator tool, Third Coast Federal is helping local, small businesses with innovative and targeted technologies navigate the complicated federal government system and become visible to the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies. Third Coast federal is quickly racking up successes, taking companies with no knowledge of even where to begin the process, from “zero,” through to winning federal technology development contracts.

    We are excited to share the news of our growth and what it means for our customers and the region.


    Four experts added to help Midwestern businesses navigate federal programs

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Third Coast Federal, Inc., welcomes Greg Daniels, John Falvey, Kathleen Rice Mosier, and Rebecca Parker to the team empowering Midwestern companies to identify federal government opportunities, capture federal business, and successfully execute government programs.

    Third Coast Federal supports its clients through services specifically designed to meet their federal contracting and R&D needs, whether starting a federal contracting business, capturing innovation funding, or addressing the intricacies of the federal marketplace. “The federal contracting world can be complicated and overwhelming, particularly if you’ve never dealt with it before,” said David Temeles, president of Third Coast Federal. “Our goal is to give our clients all the tools and assistance they need to successfully navigate the government system.”

    “These four experts bring decades of experience in export control, privacy, security, business development, international sales, and contract negotiation,” said John Ross, vice president of Third Coast Federal. “Having this depth of federal contracting and business knowledge available for our regional businesses will help them effectively compete and win in the federal marketplace, accelerate innovation, and drive sales.”

    More information on each team member can be found at: www.thirdcoastfederal.com/team

    About Third Coast Federal
    Third Coast Federal, Inc., leverages its proprietary tools, deep regional relationships, and extensive government contracting expertise to connect the Department of Defense with innovative small businesses that have the technology to solve its most-pressing operational and sustainment challenges.Third Coast Federal also helps entrepreneurial businesses and regions access federal research and development funding and special government contract awards to accelerate innovation and economic development. Learn more at www.thirdcoastfederal.com and follow us on LinkedIn.


    M. Celeste Ross
    Public Relations

  • Reminder: Join us for the 2021 NIDIA Spring Social on May 26th

    time is running out NIDIA members, don’t miss out on the NIDIA 2021 Spring Social!

    The Spring Social will be held on Wed, May 26th, 2021 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Club Soda in Fort Wayne.

    This FREE event includes appetizers, dinner, and 2 drink tickets per person. This will be an informal social/networking opportunity.

    Click Here To Register

  • Export Lunch & Learn Webinar: “Working with International Distributors: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”

    The Indiana District Export Council presents: “Working with International Distributors: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”, a FREE Webinar on May 20, 2021, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

    Creating and managing a distribution relationship in another country can be intimidating.

    • How do you find and evaluate a good partner?
    • What should be included in the contract?
    • What are some common pitfalls?
    • How do you minimize your business and legal risks?
    • Don’t go it alone and learn by trial and error. This webinar will cover international distribution relationship do’s and don’ts and explain practical strategies to help you succeed in developing global partnerships.

    We will discuss topics like: whether to allow the distributor to control local product registrations, how to plan for transition after termination, what does ‘exclusivity’ mean, practical documentary and structuring tips, and determining when it makes sense to form your own in-country presence and go direct.

    Register Here for FREE


    Matt Levy: Partner, Faegre Drinker

    Matt is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice with a focus on cross-border transactions and international trade. He has experience in more than 40 countries helping both public and private companies expand and operate internationally. He advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, inbound and outbound foreign direct investment, corporate reorganizations, export controls and trade sanctions compliance (EAR, ITAR and OFAC programs), and US and foreign antitrust. He acts as a business advisor to his clients and delivers practical solutions to complex problems. Matt previously lived in China and speaks and reads Mandarin.