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National Small Business Road Tour to Visit UW

May 27, 2016

Small businesses that have new, innovative products or service concepts, but need additional research and development to bring them to market, can learn how to access the government’s $2.5 billion early-stage research funding programs. 

The “SBIR Road Tour” is a national outreach effort that will explain the concept to commercialization funding opportunities provided through the University of Wyoming’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. 

Entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers are invited to attend the Laramie SBIR Road Tour stop Monday, June 27, from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility, at 10th and Lewis streets, on the UW campus. The program will include a continental breakfast and lunch as part of the $25 registration fee. Participants can register and pay online at 

“This is a national effort to publicize the SBIR and STTR government programs that can fund the research, development and commercialization of innovative new products and services,” says Cindy Unger, business adviser of UW’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). “These programs are an amazing opportunity for Wyoming entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. The SBDC also will be sponsoring a series of pre-road tour webinars to familiarize attendees with these opportunities.”

The SBIR Road Tour is a unique opportunity to hear directly from 11 federal program managers of the various agencies that provide research funding. Participating agencies include the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security; NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency, with support from the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In addition, attendees also will have the opportunity to meet individually with agency representatives to discuss their specific innovation ideas. Scheduling information to sign up for the one-on-one sessions will be emailed to participants after they register.  

The Wyoming SBDC Network will present a series of pre-program webinars with Mark Henry, a nationally recognized SBIR expert. For more information, go to 

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance. For more information, call the SBDC at (307) 382-0947. 

The SBDC is funded, in part, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Additional support is provided by the Wyoming Business Council and UW.

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