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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)—the nation's largest source of early stage high-risk R&D funding for small businesses

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
7:15 AM to 8:30 AM
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Location: Richland Community Center

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The Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network presents its May meeting topic entitled "Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)-the nation's largest source of early stage high-risk R&D funding for small businesses" presented by Rick Shindell, SBIR advocate. The presentation will inform you about changes in the SBIR and Small Business Technology Research (STTR) programs, including reauthorization and modernization efforts. Additionally, you will learn how to access tools and informational websites announcing SBIR opportunities, get tips on how to resurrect a failed proposal, and hear examples of real world success.

What You'll Learn

  • A non-technical, "non-government speak" understanding of SBIR/STTR
  • The current and proposed rules about SBIR/STTR programs
  • How to quickly find SBIR topics from all 11 agencies
  • How to be successful through a real example of a company that went from phase I to winning phase III funding

Who Should Attend

  • Small businesses working in high-tech industry and/or R&D
  • Individuals looking to start a business with an R&D component
  • Academic institutions looking to partner with small businesses
  • SBIR/STTR companies wanting to learn about reauthorization and the changes most likely to come


There is no charge to attend. You must pre-register by Friday, May 16 to attend. Space is limited, so register early. A continental breakfast will be provided.

To register, please or call Alice Ettesvold at (509) 375-2068 with the following information for each attendee: name, company/organization affiliation, phone number, and e-mail.

Note: Room capacity is limited. Preference is given to technology-based businesses and economic development professionals.

For More Information

Alice Ettesvold

(509) 375-2068

About the Speaker

Rick Shindell, noted SBIR advocate, has been supporting SBIR and federal government technology programs for more than 20 years. He is the publisher of the popular SBIR Insider, an email newsletter noted for it's often controversial coverage of the inner workings of SBIR and STTR communities. His company also hosts the SBIR Gateway, the only cross-agency SBIR/STTR topic search and opportunities web site. His company also provides management support for the Federal Laboratory Consortium's (FLC) Mid-Continent and Far West regional laboratories in their mission of technology transfer. Rick also works with the SBA and has been a proposal team leader for SBA's Federal and State Technology Partnership (FAST) programs. He is often called upon by the U.S. Senate and House on SBIR/STTR issues, and works with many states in their SBIR outreach activities. Rick has been a consultant to many agencies and organizations such as EPA, NIST, National Technology Transfer Center, and the DoD TechMatch program.

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