|NETWORKING AREAS: ONE-ON-ONES
|In addition to conference sessions, workshops, and the Small Business Tech Expo including agency exhibits, attendees will have the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with SBIR Program Managers, procurement specialists, and organization and company representatives. The National SBIR/STTR Website & Resources booth will also be available on-site.
A limited number of One-on-One Tables are available for conference attendees in the conference SBIR Networking Area. If you are interested in participating in the Networking Room, please MARK the Networking Area Interest Box on the Conference Registration Form and you will be contacted. In addition to the basic conference registration fee, a nominal $50 per One-on-One Table fee will be charged to cover direct costs. These fees are in addition to the conference registration fee. Only conference participants can participate in the SBIR Conference Networking Area. Ten-foot booth spaces in the SBTE will also be offered at a discounted rate to SBIR/STTR Conference attendees. With full conference registration, the $500 booth space rental will be discounted to $400. These requests must be made through the SBIR Conference Center. Space may be reserved in advance but will be confirmed upon payment of conference and exhibit fees. All space in either the conference Networking Area or the SBTE is provided on a first-come basis.
In addition, exhibitors in the SBTE will have access to Presentation Area slots during the expanded Networking Breaks. These 15-minute presentation times will be scheduled in advance, and all conference and SBTE attendees will be provided with a schedule. These Presentation Area time slots will provide an opportunity to inform other attendees of your capabilities, services, or technologies. Presentation Area time slots are limited and will be honored on a first-come basis for paid exhibitors.
Remember, the key time for attendees to interact in the Networking Areas is during the Expanded Networking Breaks and social times scheduled during the conference. As an attendee, you are not expected to have someone at your table or booth at all times.
Networking is the KEY to Success!
Expanded Networking Breaks are built into the program to provide you with time to meet with agency, and organization and company representatives.
Monday, October 27, you are invited to start your conference experience at the SBIR Conference Welcome Reception at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Arrive early enough to meet and greet fellow attendees, speakers, SBIR Program representatives in a relaxed environment while enjoying hors d'oeuvres. No host bar.
A special Networking Reception is planned after the last sessions wrap up on Tuesday, at 6:00pm. Enjoy refreshments and take time to visit with the various exhibitors, speakers, and Agency Representatives in our "signature" Networking Area. This area is your "home base" for the conference. Starting with the Networking Lunch on Wednesday, all breaks will take place in this area to allow you to maximize your contact time with the agencies and others offering assistance to small businesses. The Small Business Technology Expo, co-located with the Conference, opens as a part of this Networking Event. This is your first chance to visit participating exhibitors and see what and who is available to assist you as you move through the phases of the SBIR/STTR Program!
This Fall National SBIR/STTR Conference offers you so much to help you get a good start along the way to success! With the co-located Small Business Tech Expo, potential contacts, partners, and markets are expanded!! Make sure you take advantage of all this special event has to offer…Register now for the Conference!
Special programming aimed at educating students, teachers, faculty and administrators about entrepreneurship and the SBIR/STTR Program will be included with the conference. If you are interested in learning more about the special options being offered in Cleveland, contact the SBIR Conference Center for details, .
The Accessing Technology Forum at SBTE will be a part of this National Fall Conference. Kent State University in partnership with ASME International will be presenting special programming Wednesday, October 29 in conjunction with the conference. If you live and do business in the Ohio area, and are looking forward to partnering opportunities, this special half day forum, built into the Fall Conference, may be a perfect fit for you! This forum will include sessions on the basics of how to connect with technological expertise and potential providers and strategic partners to provide a stronger technical team for your SBIR/STTR work. They can strengthen your team’s efforts beyond the technical work in Phase I and Phase II through their alliances with major industrial firms and groups that will benefit your commercialization efforts and help you become a success in Phase III.
For more details on this session or participation as an exhibitor, contact the SBIR Conference Center, .