November 13, 2018 • 8:30AM-3:00PM • Rochester, NY

Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center • 123 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604

Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR) was awarded funding from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment for an initiative to increase New York State companies’ competitiveness by assisting defense focused organizations with diversification efforts aimed at making them more resilient to Department of Defense spending fluctuations. NYSTAR funds over 70+ centers which can provide vital tools to organizations that otherwise would not be able to access such resources to accomplish the advancements needed for growth and diversification.

As part of this program NYSTAR will be holding a match-maker style event, where defense focused manufacturing organizations meet directly with hand-picked business and technology experts in one-on-one consultations. Attendees will be given the opportunity to meet with and learn about the expertise offered by such resources and see how this could fit into their diversification ideas and plans. Companies are encouraged to collaborate with these resources on diversification projects and talk about the potential support for the completion of such projects.

The Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) has been awarded a DoD Cybersecurity Assistance Grant from Empire State Development to assist small and medium manufacturers throughout New York State with Department of Defense contracts in meeting their DFARS cybersecurity requirements based off of the NIST 800-171 Special Publication. This assistance includes cybersecurity risk assessments, project implementation for IT infrastructure, policy development, and employee training, and follow-up assessments with compliance letters that can be used to show contractors that the requirements are being met. These requirements will be crucial in renewing existing contracts with the Department of Defense, as well as for attracting new customers both inside and outside of the DoD sector. Assistance includes funding towards these assessments and implementations. AIM will presenting on the cyber initiative and then hosting a cybersecurity breakout after lunch where attendees can have deeper discussions and sign up for assistance.

Attendee Registration
Resource Registration

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 8:00am:     Registration 

8:30am:      Welcome &
                    Cybersecurity Presentation

10:00am:    Matching Discussions


12:30pm:     Lunch &
                     Tech Transfer Presentation

2:00pm:      Cybersecurity Breakout Session
                    Matching Discussion Continued

3:00pm:     Event Concludes 

Who Should Attend

  • Small manufacturers (less than 500 employees) that generate
    30% or more revenue from the Department of Defense
  • Small manufacturers (less than 500 employees) that have received an
    SBIR/STTR award


The hotel chosen for this event is the Hyatt Regency in Rochester. Though the room block is closed you may click this link to reserve your own room


If you have any questions, please contact Deanine Lena at: