Each year, Congress funds the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer Programs to support the research and development of new technology-related products or innovative new services. These programs are the federal government's largest small business research and development grant programs with over $2.6 billion being awarded annually.
There are eleven different participating federal agencies that provide funding to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Over $1 million can be awarded per business to develop new technology ideas.
On June 17, the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator is hosting a seminar to inform entrepreneurs, farmers, and small business owners about the availability of these grants. The seminar will consist of two sessions and a lunch break/networking opportunity.
The morning session will provide an introduction to the SBIR and STTR Programs and is recommended for anyone who has a new technology-related idea. Morning attendees will learn the basics of the SBIR/STTR programs, including program goals and structure, eligibility, and sources of funding. The objective is to provide sufficient information to help you decide whether SBIR/STTR is a good fit for your company. In addition, techniques will be described for matching your project idea with potential funding opportunities at the participating federal agencies.
During the lunch break, attendees will have an opportunity to talk with, and have questions answered by, private-sector sponsors of the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator. The sponsors that will be on-site to talk with attendees will represent the following industry-sectors: Agriculture; Accounting; Banking; Energy Technology; Legal-Intellectual Property; and Websites/App Development.
The afternoon session will focus specifically on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) SBIR Program and is recommended for anyone who has a new technology-related business idea pertaining to agriculture. Topics will include: USDA's targeted technology areas, company registration, R&D project planning, the process of proposal preparation, submission and evaluation, and tips for increasing your chance of funding success.
The seminar will be conducted by Michael Kurek, PH.D, Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting. BBCetc manages the Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program which provides training and consulting to Michigan technology companies.
The seminar will be held in the Main Conference Room at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex located at 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460. The cost for attending either the morning or the afternoon session is $50.00. The cost for attending both sessions is $75.00. Lunch will be provided for full day registrants. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. To register, please visit http://bbctraining61715.eventbrite.comor contact the BBCetc by phone at 734-930-9741. You may also contact the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator with any other questions at 616-738-4852 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.