• Northeast Indiana’s Cybersecurity Town Hall

    Northeast Indiana is a place where invention fuels innovation. A perfect 10 isn’t enough, and we’re turning it up to 11 when it comes to cybersecurity.

    Indiana is leading the way in with advancements in cybersecurity, and you can benefit from the state’s $1 billion investment over the next 10 years.

    If you’re ready to learn how Indiana’s progress in cybersecurity can save you time and money, save the date for our Cybersecurity Town Hall.

    • Learn from cybersecurity experts from the State of Indiana
    • Connect with economic development, government and business leaders
    • Collaborate with our industry-focused higher education institutions

    Wednesday, March 22
    10:30 a.m. — Welcome and Registration
    11 a.m. — IEDC Cybersecurity Briefing
    1 p.m. — Break
    1:15—3:45 p.m. — Panel Discussions with Northest Indiana Cybersecurity Experts
    4 p.m. — Conclusion

    Fort Wayne Museum of Art
    311 E. Main St.,
    Fort Wayne, IN

    Please contact Liz Boren at liz@neindiana.com or 260-469-3469 to RSVP or with any questions.

  • NIDIA Membership Meeting at Pro Seal & Plastics Fort Wayne This Friday!

    Twice annually, NIDIA hosts membership meetings at offsite locations. Mike Morton, Government Sales Manager and the Leadership Team at Pro Seal & Plastics have offered to host our first 2017 meeting at their location close to the Fort Wayne International Airport. The agenda for this meeting is our standard NIDIA membership discussion followed by a presentation by the Pro Seal Team. Please join us as we engage with Pro Seal Fort Wayne! And as always, potential NIDIA members can be registered as guests for free!

    NOTICE: Only 30 seats are available – please sign up for this event soonest via Eventbrite at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nidia-membership-meeting-at-pro-seal-plastics-tickets-31153950304


    Joe Peters
    Chairman, Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association

  • NIDIA Announces Chairman Transition and 2017 Board of Directors

    The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association, NIDIA, is excited to announce the transition of its Chairman, David Augustine, the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Stryke Industries to its newly elected Chairman, Joe Peters, the President of Ultra Electronics USSI in Columbia City. Augustine stated “I’ve truly enjoyed the past two years as the Chairman of NIDIA. With the great support of our membership, board, universities and local sponsors, NIDIA has had the time to re-establish its game and create a plan to start growing defense related business once again. It’s been an honor to serve this great organization – I’m excited for Joe as our new leader!”.

    As we continue to maneuver NIDIA into the future Joe Peters, the new Chairman stated “over the past few years, we’ve automated the NIDIA processes and created a path for growth called the ‘Why Northeast Indiana for Defense Plan’. Our job now is to execute the plan and grow defense jobs as part of our regional development. NIDIA takes great pride in giving the warfighter only the best tools possible by a highly competent and committed workforce of defense professionals.” The region continues to improve its communities and capacity to improve Indiana’s defense ranking in not only the ‘State that works but the State that works in Defense!’

    The NIDIA Board of Directors for 2017

    Name, Industry Role
    Joe Peters, USSI *Chairman
    Open *Vice Chairman
    David Augustine, Stryke Industries *Past Chairman
    Scott Maddox, Riverside Mfg. *Treasurer
    Susan Divers, Ivy Tech *Secretary
    Bill Andrews *Executive Board Member, Independent
    Rick Howard, Raytheon *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Eric Webster, Harris Corporation *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Scott Swymeler, BAE *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Chris Straw, Team Quality Services *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Joe Predina, Logistikos *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Bill Busch, XcelHR *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Stacey Smith, Prairie Quest *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Gil Perry, Indiana PTAC *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Pat McCammon, SkySight Technologies *Executive Board Member, Small Business
  • U.S. Special Operations Command Event for Innovators // SUSPENSE: 7 Dec 2016

    NIDIA Membership,

    The Atterbury-Muscatatuck Center for Complex Operations is the host Army National Guard site for the U.S. Special Operations Command Technical Experimentation 17-2. The event will be held at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center March 27-31, 2017, and the theme will be Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE), Military Information Support Operations (MISO), and Human Performance.

    The attached RFI is to solicit technology experimentation candidates from Research and Development (R&D) organizations, private industry, and academia for inclusion in future experimentation events coordinated by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The deadline for submission is December 7, 2016, and complete information can be found at:


    The application flow is as follows:

    1. Company reviews the event RFI on FedBizOpps.gov using the link above.
    2. Company submits a Nomination Form NLT 1200 (noon) on 07 December.
    3. Participants will be notified of their invitation to attend approximately 3-5 weeks prior to the event.
    4. Once notified, the company must register for the event.
    5. The TE final schedule will be released 2-4 weeks prior to the event.

    Unfortunately, there is only about a week and a half before nomination forms are due – so short suspense.

    If you have any questions, please call Joanna below:

    Joanna Bryant Caplette
    Director of Economic Development
    Atterbury Muscatatuck Center for Complex Operations
    Office: 812-526-1571
    Cell: 317-519-4596
    EMail: joanna.m.bryantcaplette.nfg@mail.mil

  • SBIR/STTR News and Webinar Today at 2PM

    Hello NIDIA Friends,

    Happy Wednesday!

    I wanted to share with you that we are hosting a webinar today: The SBA and the State of IN SBIR/STTR Programs 101, at 2PM today. This is a very high-level overview of 1) what is new in the SBIR/STTR Program – both at the state of IN and federal level and then 2) an introduction to the program for anyone brand new to SBIR/STTR funding. I look forward to talking to you later today, if you are able to attend!

    The information and link to attend is:

    The SBA and the State of IN SBIR/STTR Programs 101
    Wed, Nov 16, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States +1 (408) 650-3123

    Access Code: 951-129-285

    First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: http://help.citrix.com/getready

    Other SBIR/STTR News
    I wanted to share with you that NSF and NIH have upcoming deadlines on 12.6.16 and 1.5.16, respectively! If you are planning to submit to either and need a Letter of Support for matching funding from the State of IN, or other aid, reach out today!

    NSF has some great webinars to help you prepare – listed here: https://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/sbir/Webinar/PhaseI.jsp.
    Note there is one today at 2PM as well with Jesus Soriano!!

    NASA SBIR Solicitation is due out Tomorrow! NASA has updated their SBIR website greatly, so check it out!

    Lisa Hoverman, PhD
    SBIR/STTR Program Specialist, Indiana PTAC
    Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, The Foundry
    1201 West State Street
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057
    M: 765.427.8980