NSBA , SBTC Champions of Small Biz Innovation

February 9, 2012

Last week, the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC) and National Small Business Association (NSBA) honored Members of Congress, congressional staffers, small-business owners and employees and other key advocates for their work in ensuring the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was given a long-term reauthorization. The awards, the Champions of...


SBIR Reauthorization Update

December 7, 2011

Last week the U.S. Senate voted to include compromise language to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867). The full bill was approved by the Senate 93:7 and now must be...


SBIR Reauthorization Moves Ahead

November 30, 2011

Last night, the U.S. Senate approved by voice vote an amendment (S.A. 1115) to the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867) that would incorporate the Senate’s compromise language to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for eight years. Assuming the...


Extension to Budgets, SBIR for Six Weeks Likely

September 21, 2011

Both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate this week are expected to consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that would extend appropriations for the federal government for the first six weeks of the new Fiscal Year, which begins Oct. 1, 2011. At the end of the current legislative week,...


President Signs Patent Reform Bill

September 20, 2011

President Barack Obama last week announced that he was ordering all federal agencies to accelerate their payments to their small-business contractors. To implement this order, Jack Lew, the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), issued a memorandum to all executive branch departments and agencies, requiring them to...


Supreme Court Ruling Protects Small Businesses

June 10, 2011

In an important victory for innovative small businesses throughout the U.S., the Supreme Court announced last week their ruling in favor of i4i—a small high-tech company—in their patent infringement suit against Microsoft. The unanimous ruling requires Microsoft to pay i4i $290 million. The case originated in 2009 when i4i sued...


Senate Fails to Act on SBIR Bill

May 9, 2011

The U.S. Senate last week failed to act on the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 493). A motion for cloture offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) failed to garner the needed 60 votes, leaving the bill’s outlook in limbo with less than three weeks before it is...


Senate to Consider SBIR Reauth Bill TODAY

May 4, 2011

The U.S. Senate this week is considering the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 493). The legislation has been stuck since March on the floor of the Senate, as the chamber sought to deal with an avalanche of non-germane amendments to the bill. Please click here for more information on the bill. The...


Amendments Stifle SBIR Reauthorization Consideration

April 6, 2011

The U.S. Senate’s consideration of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technical Transfer Reauthorization (STTR) Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 493) stalled this week, as the legislators wrangled over a series of amendments—most unrelated to the SBIR program—to the bill. It appears the Senate is poised to vote...


Senate to Consider SBIR Reauthorization Bill

March 23, 2011

The U.S. Senate next week is slated to consider the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 493). The National Small Business Association strongly supports the legislation and urges the Senate to quickly adopt it. Please click here to read NSBA’s letter of support. The highly-successful Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which studies have demonstrated is responsible...