Update on SBIR/STTR Proposed Regulations

July 24, 2012

NSBA and SBTC recently gathered more than 500 signatures from small-business owners and organizations urging changes to the proposed SBIR/STTR regulations that would open the program to large and foreign corporations.


NSBA Call to Action: Support SBIR Program

July 11, 2012

NSBA and its high-tech arm, the Small Business Technology Council, is urging small businesses to support the Small Business Innovation and Research program by joining us in opposing regulations proposed by SBA which would create massive loopholes opening the program to foreign and large corporations.


Start-ups Converge on Washington, D.C.

June 20, 2012

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, representatives from 18 start-up companies will converge on Washington, D.C. to discuss a variety of issues important to the start-up community, including, but not limited to, the NSBA-supported Startup Act 2.0 (#StartupAct). Startup Act 2.0 is a bill introduced by Sens. Jerry Moran...


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...