SBA Launches Tech & Innovation Road Tour

February 17, 2015

pic-tech-computerThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in conjunction with 11 fellow federal agencies involved in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, announced plans to launch an 18-state SBIR Road Tour with the theme, “Seeding America’s Future Innovations.”

The nation’s largest source of early-stage research and development (R&D) funding, SBIR /STTR programs have provided more than 150,000 awards totaling approximately $40 billion since inception. NSBA is a longtime supporter of the SBIR and STTR programs as they harness the proven innovative power of small, technology-based businesses to meet the nation’s technology needs.

The purpose of this nationwide outreach initiative is to educate more small-business innovators on how to take advantage of these programs–targeting advanced technology communities, including women-owned and minority-owned small businesses, in states that have underutilized SBIR/STTR funding opportunities.

The first series in the SBIR Road Tour will take place the week of March 23 with stops in Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; and Columbia, South Carolina. During the week of April 27, the tour stops include Long Beach, Mississippi; Ruston, Louisiana; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Wichita, Kansas; and Columbia, Missouri. Additional stops are planned for the north central and northwest regions of the country in July and August. Each location on the tour will be hosted by a local organization committed to supporting technology-based entrepreneurship, and will provide attendees with a face-to-face opportunity to talk directly to federal agency program managers and decision makers.

Additional information about the SBIR Road Tour can be found at www.sbirroadtour.com.

To learn more about the SBIR program, please visit www.sbir.gov.