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SBIR Related Events Calendar

The SBIR Related Events Calendar is a list of conferences, exhibitions, and other events that provide information concerning Federal, regional and State SBIR/STTR programs. Click on an event name to get detailed information about that event.

Listings in this directory are provided to you by event sponsors and do not imply an endorsement by the National SBIR Conference Center or its sponsor, The National Science Foundation (NSF), or If you are hosting a meeting with SBIR participation, you can submit it to for inclusion in our calendar.

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Thursday, July 10, 2003   SBIR Outreach: SBIR Phase II...and Beyond Albuquerque, NM

Description:Phase II gives your technology the highest value with awards up to $750,000.

Mark Henry of PBC, Inc. in Denver, CO earned his national reputation in the SBIR Program by participating in over 900 proposals in the past 23 years.

He has been involved in more than 100 winning Phase II proposal efforts, with an overall win rate of 50%.

Mark Henry assisted a company spin off five new companies and obtain $800 million in follow-on private sector funding for SBIR supported technologies.

Reservatio ns:
Please send your $50 check to: TVC -- SBIR Outreach
(see address above)
Deadline is Monday, July 7, 2003

Who Should Attend: Small businesses located in the region.
Contact: Leann Azar - Phone:
Thursday, August 21, 2003   SBIR/STTR Help with Early Stage Funding Allentown, PA

Description:SBIR and STTR grants can be important sources of early stage technology company funding. Phase I awards are for periods of up to six months in amounts up to $100,000, and Phase II awards are for periods of up to two years in amounts up to $750,000.

This workshop will be taught by Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc. Greenwood Consulting has made firms aware of the SBIR/STTR and associated opportunities and have taught how to write competitive technical and cost proposals for SBIR/STTR funding. Greenwood Consulting has presented workshops in 41 States to thousands of persons. An evaluation of the effectiveness of their training showed that over 90% of the respondents indicated the workshops had improved their ability to compete for SBIR and STTR.

Information concerning a new program that may be able to help pay for some costs related to preparing the SBIR/STTR Phase I proposal will also be presented. This program is being offered through the Innovation Partnership, a collaboration of economic dvelopment to increase both the quantity and quality of the statewide SBIR/STTR proposals through marketing, proposal preparation, and proposal assistance.

This workshop is hosted by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Small Business Development Center at Lehigh University, and is sponsored by the Innovation Partnership.

You must register no later than Thursday, August 14th.

Who Should Attend: Small businesses, entrepreneurs, faculty, and small business incubators.
Contact: Bob Thomson - Phone:
Wednesday, July 09, 2003   SBIR Informational Session Arlington, VA

Description:The Arlington Small Business Development Center (Arlington SBDC), Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology(CIT) and the Washington Emerging Technologies Center (WETC) present a special Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Informational Session. The session provides an overview of the SBIR program and information on what steps small high technology firms need to undertake in order to gain a contract or grant. A winning SBIR sample proposal will be distributed to all participants.

Who Should Attend: Researchers, Scientists, Technologists, Technology Entrepreneurs, Small High Business Owners.
Contact: Darrell Williams - Phone:
Wednesday, August 13, 2003   SBIR Informational Session Arlington, VA

Description:The Arlington Small Business Development Center (Arlington SBDC), Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology(CIT) and the Washington Emerging Technologies Center (WETC) present a special Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Informational Session. The session provides an overview of the SBIR program and information on what steps small high technology firms need to undertake in order to gain a contract or grant. A winning SBIR sample proposal will be distributed to all participants.

Who Should Attend: Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Marketing Professionals, Researchers and Scientists
Contact: Darrell Williams - Phone:
Thursday, October 02, 2003   Competing in the SBIR/STTR Programs (Phase I) Blacksburg, VA

Description:A workshop that helps Virginia's small businesses learn about and increase their chances of winning federal SBIR and STTR funding.

Topics to be covered include:

An introduction to the SBIR/STTR programs
Deciding if the SBIR program is right for you;
How to prepare a competitive Phase I proposal;
and, Understanding the SBIR process.

Contact: Robert  Brooke - Phone:
Friday, October 03, 2003   Competing in the SBIR/STTR Programs (Phase II) Blacksburg, VA

Description:A workshop that provides a comprehensive understanding of the components necessary for a competitive Phase II SBIR/STTR proposal - including skillful management of Phase I effort. Phase II writing samples will be actively critiqued by the presenter.

Topics to be covered include:

Phase II basics - what Phase II is and is not;
Deciding if the SBIR program is right for you;
How to prepare a competitive Phase I proposal;
and, Understanding the SBIR process.

Contact: Robert Brooke - Phone:
Tuesday, August 05, 2003 -
Wednesday, August 06, 2003
SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Workshop Cedar Falls, IA

Description:Would you like someone to pay you to develop your great new idea into a profitable product? The Small Business Administration's SBIR - Small Business Innovation Research - program can do just that: this year it's offering $1.6 billion through 10 federal agencies to help small companies bring new products, technologies, and services to the marketplace. SBIR grants are awarded in two stages, and they can total up to $1 million over 3 to 4 years.

How much would you be willing to pay someone who could teach you how to get that kind of research and development support? (Hint: To access real experts, competitive companies will pay up to $400 to $500 per hour.) However, the University of Northern Iowa and the Iowa Federal and State Partnership are covering those cost and hosting an SBIR workshop on August 5 and 6 at the University of Northern Iowa's Commons Ballroom in Cedar Falls, Iowa

UNI and IFSP have secured the Greenwood Consulting Group to facilitate the workshop. The Greenwood Consulting Group is one of those top-level consulting firms. They've been coaching small businesses to SBIR success for more than 20 years. Their staff knows the programs, knows the politics, and knows the right people to talk to. The company's founders, Jim and Gail Greenwood, will lead you through all the basics and key points, with plenty of time for questions and answers, plus a lot of hands-on resources to show you what winning SBIR applications look like, and how to create them.

Who Should Attend: The SBIR program provides qualified businesses (those with 500 or fewer employees) with opportunities to propose innovative research and development projects that meet specific federal needs. This workshop is designed for small businesses interested in conducting innovative research and development.

Why should you attend now?Anew round of grant opportunities is coming this fall, andthe Greenwoods probably won't be coming back to Iowa for a long time. Congress has zeroed-out the SBA funding for SBIR education and training for next year, even as it increased the appropriation for the grants themselves.

Your registration fee of $35 before July 23 covers the cost of materials only. Space is limited to 60 people.
Contact: Katherine  Cota-Uyar - Phone:
Monday, October 27, 2003 -
Thursday, October 30, 2003
National Fall SBIR/STTR Conference Cleveland, OH

Description:For complete conference details, please visit the conference website at:

The National Science Foundation, in association with the Department of Defense and the Small Business Administration, and all 10 SBIR agencies is sponsoring this 2003 National Fall SBIR/STTR Conference. Program Managers and representatives from all participating agencies will provide insight into how to work with their respective agencies and answer your own special questions during the one-on- one opportunities.

Who Should Attend: Sales and Marketing Professionals, Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, University Researchers with a business/entrepreneurial streak, Scientist seeking commercialization strategies, all small businesses in need of securing federal funding resources.
Contact: Sharon DelaBarre - Phone:
Sunday, July 20, 2003 -
Thursday, July 24, 2003
Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate SBIR Workshop Dayton, OH

Description:During this workshop, small businesses will be able to talk one on one with AFRL/ML technical experts concerning the Draft FY04 SBIR Topics.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide technical information relating to the upcoming FY04 SBIR topics that are currently proposed to be included in the FY04.1 SBIR solicitation opening in early October. During the first two days of the Roadmap Review, posters of the topics are on display, draft topics are available, and sign-up sheets to talk with the topic authors at the workshop are posted. Sign ups are also available the day of the workshop. In addition to the topic authors, the ML SBIR Program Manager, Marvin Gale, will be present. Also invited are other AFRL technical directorate SBIR Program Managers, the AFRL Dual Use Science & Technology (DUST) Program, the AFRL Small Business Office, the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Dayton Office, the AF SBIR/STTR Program Managers, the AF Technology Transfer Program, and the Wright Technology Network. These organizations will be available to answer questions concurrently with the one on one sessions.

This event is free of charge. Attendees are encourages to attend the entire Roadmap Review to get a broader perspective of the core technology areas within the Materials & Manufacturing Directorate.

Contact: Will Williams - Phone:
Thursday, September 25, 2003   SBIR/Commercialization Workshop Durham, NC

Description:The Small Business Research (SBIR) Program offers over $1.6 Billion a year in grant and contract funding to research-based small businesses.

Learn how to tap into this important resource.

There is no charge for attendance, but pre- registered is suggested as seating is limited -- Register at: ndex.html

Who Should Attend: Small businesses and technology firms in North Carolina.
Contact: John  Ujvari - Phone: No information available.
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 -
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
SBIR Phase I Workshop Enid, OK

Description:The first day of the workshop provides a basic understanding of the SBIR and STTR program as well as a strategy for participating in these programs. The second day of the workshop provides intermediate level knowledge including instruction on government cost accounting and a logical process for developing a competitive proposal. These workshops are presented by Vicke Adams from the Meridian Technology Center for Business Development.

Participants attending these workshops will be able to:

  • Describe the eligibility requirements to obtain SBIR/STTR funding
  • Describe the SBIR/STTR program objectives, phases, and limitations
  • Identify the agencies that participant in the SBIR/STTR program
  • Obtain registration numbers needed to apply for funding
  • Locate agency solicitations and find specific topics
  • Find and apply for OCAST programs that support SBIR/STTR
  • Carry out proposal planning
  • Develop objectives and a work plan
  • Prepare a proposal budget
  • Write a competitive proposal
  • Write a comprehensive abstract
  • Develop an indirect rate structure
  • Identify and understand the mission of government agencies that regulate contractors
  • Understand government accounting requirement and necessary internal controls

To enroll for these, or other OCAST sponsored workshops, an OCAST Member ID and Password are required.

Space is limited -- so make your reservation online TODAY!

Who Should Attend: Oklahoma small businesses new to the SBIR/STTR program or with an intermediate knowledge of the program.
Contact: Dan Luton - Phone:
Friday, July 25, 2003   SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop Gainesville, FL

Description:GAIN (Gainesville Area Innovation Network) and the University of Florida EDA University Center have teamed up to bring the Greenwood Consulting Group to Gainesville for a SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop. If you are seeking money for technology research and development, and would like help in writing successful proposals to the SBIR and STTR federal funding programs, then mark your calendars!

Contact: Stephanie Warrington - Phone:
Tuesday, July 22, 2003   SBIR -- An Investment in Your Company's Future Helena, MT

Description:Sponsored By: Montana Department of Commerce SBIR Program and Gateway Development Corporation.

Cost: $45

After this workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Decide if the SBIR program will help you reach your company's goals.
  • Communitcate with the SBIR investor
  • Scrutinize product innovation for project potential
  • Learn to manage your project within the SBIR porgram
  • Continue to build on your SBIR successes

Who Should Attend: This workshop is for individuals and small businesses from Montana that want to fund their innovative ideas and grow their company using federal Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) awards. If you already have SBIR experience, this will help you to sharpen your skills before, during and after proposal submission.

Limited to 15 Participants
Contact: Linda  Brander - Phone:
Thursday, July 17, 2003   SBIR Competitive Checklist Workshop (half-day) Herndon, VA

Description:Before you submit your SBIR or STTR application to NIH, DoD, or NASA make sure you've addressed the COMPETITIVE ISSUES, not just the compliance issues. Mr. John Davis of the SBIR Resource Center, an active member of the Assocation of Proposal Management Professionals with over 33 years of successful Government proposal experience and 10 years of commercial service to the SBIR/STTR community, will review the following:

  • Have you adequately defined the problem/opportunity?
  • Have you appropriately related the issues to the agencies' needs?
  • Have you properly stated the project's objectives?
  • Has the Project/Research Plan been written to meet the reviewer's needs and designed to take advantage of reviewer habits?
  • Will your document convince the reviewer of intent and ability to commercialize?
  • Have you provided a sufficiently deep technical discussion?
  • Have you showcased your resources (personnel, subcontractors, facilities) to best advantage?
  • Also to be covered: general principles and advice on winning SBIR proposals.

A handout including a competitive checklist will be provided to take with you.

Event Agenda:
8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration with coffee and danish
8:30 - 11:30 AM Formal presentation
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Open Discussion/Q&A

Cost: $50 for Virginia companies.

Who Should Attend: Small businesses located in Virginia.
Contact: Robert  Brooke - Phone:
Monday, August 18, 2003 -
Thursday, August 21, 2003
TechEnterprise 2003 Honolulu, HI

Description:Once again the FLC Far West and Mid-Continent Regions have partnered to present an exciting program for the 2003 annual regional meeting. This year we have partnered with the Office of Naval Research - Pearl Harbor (ONR), Pacific International Center for High Technology Research, and the State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, to create TechEnterprise 2003 event.

This unique collaboration offers the opportunity to explore Hawaii's technology programs and companies, as well as to become familiar with ONR's vast Fields of expertise and resources.

In addtion to the FLC Far West and Mid-Continent regional meeting, TechEnterprise 2003 will showcase many of Hawaii's technology successes in the federal arena and connect Hawaii with current upcoming national and regional federal opportunities.

  • Introduce Hawaii Companies to Resources that Foster Economic Growth
  • Promote Technology Development, Transfer and Commercialization in Hawaii
  • Encourage Collaboration for Public-Private Partnerships

Featured presentations and speakers from various local government, Federal and DoD agencies will spotlight key topics such as:
  • Creative Partnerships between Federal Labs and Industry
  • Alternate Energy/Fuel Cells Technology Opportunities
  • Environmental Technology
  • Homeland Security
  • Small Business Innovation Research Partnerships
  • Hawaii's Hydrogen Technology Roadmap

Who Should Attend: Businesses located in Hawaii, especially those interested in techonology development and SBIR/STTRs.
Contact: Linda  Downer - Phone:
Tuesday, August 19, 2003   SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop Johnstown, PA

Description:The SBIR grant program can be an important source of early-stage technology company funding. Learn to prepare competitive Phase I proposals by attending our SBIR Phase I Proposal Preparation workshop August 19th at the JARI Center for Business Development in Johnstown. The cost is only $25 per person, including refreshment breaks and lunch.

This workshop will be taught by Gail and Jim Greenwood, who have been active with the SBIR program since SBIR's inception, making firms aware of SBIR and its opportunities, and teaching how to write competitive technical and cost proposals for SBIR funding. The Greenwoods have presented SBIR workshops in 41 States to thousands of persons. An evaluation of the effectiveness of their training showed that over 90% of the respondents indicated that the workshops had improved their ability to compete for SBIR.

You will also hear about a new program that may be able to help you pay for some costs related to preparing your SBIR Phase I proposal. This program is being offered through the Innovation Partnership, a collaboration of economic development agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which has been developed to increase both the quantity and the quality of the statewide SBIR proposal through marketing, proposal preparation and proposal assistance.

Who Should Attend: Southern Alleghenies companies.
Contact: John Johnston - Phone:
Tuesday, September 09, 2003   SBIR Bidder's Course & Workshop(SM) Kent (near Cleveland), OH

Description:This is the highly- acclaimed "business development" workshop that trains attendees "how to win funding" not just "how to write a proposal". Learn how to conduct pre-application marketing activities, choose a winnable topic, plan a bid strategy, research needed bid information and package it into winning technical and cost proposals for all 10 SBIR/STTR agencies. Instructor & workbooks are provided by the SBIR Resource CenterTM, the nation's leading supplier of commercial SBIR/STTR resources since 1994.

Seating is limited to 25 persons -- pre registration is required. Details and an e-commerce registration facility can be found at

Who Should Attend: Entrepreneurs, marketing managers and senior technical staff who want to learn how to take maximum advantage of, and win funding under, SBIR & STTR -- the most important source of venture financing in the USA for inventors and early stage, tech- based enterprises.

PLEASE NOTE: this is NOT a "how to write a proposal" class; this is a "how to win funding" workshop.
Contact: John Davis - Phone:
Thursday, October 02, 2003   3rd Annual North Central Indiana Entrepreneurship and Technology Conference Kokomo, IN

Description:This one-day conference is designed to address the new possibilities for technology and entrepreneurship in the twenty-first century. It ill be held at Indiana University Kokomo in the Kelley Student Center. For additional information, contact Indiana University Kokomo at the number below.

Who Should Attend: This conference is geared toward businesses in the North Central Indiana region.
Contact: Fred  Hakes - Phone:
Wednesday, July 30, 2003   SBIR Phase I Workshop Norfolk, VA

Description:Attendees will learn how to prepare a competitive Phase I SBIR and STTR grant proposal. An overview to SBIRs and STTRs, recent changes in the program, in-depth proposal strategy development, tips for proposal preparation, group critique of an SBIR proposal, and an overview of CIT's program designed to assist Virginia companies in their efforts to win and commercialize SBIR and STTR grants.

These Phase I grants can provide up to $100,000 to support your high risk, innovative R&D Funding. Learn how you can gain your share of business, help solve the Federal Governments technology problems, and develop a commercially viable product.

Program is presented by The Greenwood Consulting Group, an experienced and highly successful SBIR/STTR consulting firm. Advocates of SBIR and STTR since their origination, they have taught and counseled interested parties about SBIR since 1983.

Contact: Robert Brooke - Phone:
Tuesday, July 15, 2003   Commercializing High-Tech Devices Richland, WA

Description:Al Stephen, President and CEO of Stratos Product Development Group will be speaking on commercialization strategies for high-tech devices as it pertains to small businesses.

Registration is free, but advance registration is required. To pre-register, send an e-mail to Gracie Downard. Include the number of people attending, plus their names and affiliations. Or call Gracie at .

For more information contact:
Andrea McMakin

Who Should Attend: 
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Technology product developers
  • Tech business leaders
  • Advisors of tech companies
  • Commercialization professionals
Contact: Gracie Downard - Phone:
Thursday, July 31, 2003   Commercialization Workshop Richmond, VA

Description:This Commercialization Workshop is organized for the purpose of equipping small high tech firms in our state with the business concepts and methods essential to sound planning for new high tech products and for company growth. Dr. Marsha R. Torr, Vice President for Research, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is the gracious host for this workshop, and members of VCU's Business School faculty will provide astute instruction in hey dimensions of the business planning process. Though not intended for academic credit, the content offered is, in effect, a short course in small high tech enterprises. To assure contact with the real world of SBIR competition, founding CEOs of three leading Virginia companies are featured to share their SBIR experience as high tech growth companies.

A special feature of the workshop is a luncheon address by Dr. Charles Wessner, Director of the Program on technology and Innovation, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. Dr. Wessner currently leads a Congressionally mandated study of the 21-year old SBIR program in its five largest agencies and will brief us on this milestone effort to evaluate its performance and, in particular, its economic effects.

Who Should Attend: Small businesses and firms
Contact: K.C. Das, Ph.D., P.E. - Phone:
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 -
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
SSTI's 7th Annual Conference Building Tech-based Economies: From Policy to Practice Seattle, WA

Description:SSTI's seventh annual conference offer the best opportunity for practitioners and policymakers in techonolgy-based economic development to asses where we've been, where we want to be, and the best strategies to get there.

The event includes a blend of more that 25 sessions, exploring best practices in TBED, policy sessions to chart new courses for the field, and roundtable discussions among peers who are tackling similar challenges.

It's simple. The communities, universities, regions and states leading the next economic boom will be there.

Who Should Attend: If you're interested in:
building a vibrant tech-based economy,
capitalizing on universities' impacts on local and regional development,
supporting entrepreneurship and start-up companies
finding new sources of funding
encouraging strong partnerships between universities and companies, or
extending economic growth to all regions and population groups,

...then Building Tech-based Economies: From Policy to Practice is for you.
Contact: State Science  & Technology Institute - Phone:
Wednesday, August 20, 2003   Phase I SBIR Proposal Workshop State College, PA

Description:The goal of this workshop is to teach small businesses and entrepreneurs how to develop a competitive SBIR proposal.

Topics to be convered include:

  • Changes in the SBIR Programs;
  • An overview of the STTR Program;
  • Proposal strategies and tips for preparation;
  • A critique of actual proposal concepts;
  • SBIR/STTR Cost Proposals
  • Innovative Partnership program of proposal assistance for Pennsylvania companies.

Who Should Attend: Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and service providers.
Contact: Mary Noel Stenberg - Phone:
Monday, August 04, 2003 -
Wednesday, August 06, 2003
Naval-Industry R&D Partnership Conference 2003 Washington, DC

Description:This conference will provide the latest and most useful information to small businesses on innovative technology and cutting edge research in Naval defense. Attendees will benefit from information on innovative products and tips on transitioning new technology into products.

Conference includes Pre-Conference Workshops, Plenary Sessions, Breakout Panels, Exhibits including Naval Technology Needs, Technology Showcase, military/industry exhibits, and a G2B/B2B Marketplace.

Opportunity for conference participants to meet one-on-one with representatives of government, industry, and the venture capital community. Forum for one-on-one sessions for industry to present their internal R&D plans to a restricted government audience.

Pre- Registration (ends 14 July): $500
Regular Registration: $550
Government Attendee: $500

Who Should Attend: Small businesses interested in developing new technologies for the Department of Defense.
Contact: Kim Fields - Phone:
Monday, September 15, 2003 -
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Virginia's 9th Annual Small Business Innovation Research and Development Workshop Williamsburg, VA

Description:A conference designed to help Virginia's small businesses to increase their chances of winning SBIR award funding to develop and commercialize their technologies in collaboration with universities, federal research and development centers and non profit institutions.
Hear what's new in the SBIR program, learn the fundamentals of applying for SBIR and STTR awards and talk face-to-face with SBIR Program Managers who will provide insight into working with their respective agencies.
Preceding the educational program is a networking reception at the hotel, on September 15.

Who Should Attend: Small businesses interested in developing and commercializing their innovative technologies through the SBIR/STTR programs.
Contact: Julie Light - Phone: