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8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Seminar Highlights: Small businesses receive more than $2 billion in federal grants and contracts each year through the SBIR and STTR programs. This interactive, hands-on, Phase I Proposal Writing Workshop being offered by Arkansas Small Business an Technology Development Center will help you plan and then complete each section of a Phase I SBIR STTR proposal. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program provides federal funding for business and product strategies that meet federal research and development needs. Covering all 11 agencies that participate in SBIR and STTR (a sister program), this eight-hour workshop event will be held on the U of A campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas in the Reynolds Center. Instructor Sharon Ballard of EnableVentures, Inc. will focus on two areas key to winning funding: the work plan and the commercialization plan. Ballard will explain how to integrate knowledge of the state-of-the-art with the work plan, and how to master requirements unique to different federal agencies. Participants will receive guidance in researching government organizations, topics and financial and administrative requirements and will explore some specific steps to attract commercialization partners, even at the Phase I stage of the SBIR Program. In addition, the workshop will offer tips for approaching and structuring working arrangements with large corporations on government contracts. In contrast to informational seminars, this is an interactive, hands-on workshop, with in-class exercises using tools and techniques that help in writing more successful proposals. Proposal outlines from various agencies will be used, and each major proposal section will be considered in detail, with methods and techniques for covering each section. You will walk away with the essential elements of your Phase I proposal outlined.
Regular cost is $150. Register by August 14, 2013 and receive the early bird fee of $100. Free parking in Harmon Avenue parking garage, breakfast from Rick's Bakery and lunch from Powerhouse Seafood and Grill is included in the registration fee.
Speaker: Sharon C. Ballard, President/CEO of EnableVentures Inc.