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UW SBDC Webinar to Help Small Businesses Work with Big Agencies

April 26, 2017

Small companies seeking financing to develop an innovative technology need to understand the types of projects big agencies are interested in funding -- and what the playing field looks like. 

A Wyoming Small Business Development (SBDC) webinar, titled “Big 5 Agencies in SBIR/STTR and How to Work with Them,” is scheduled Tuesday, May 2, 2-3 p.m., and will provide small businesses with information about the kinds of projects these agencies are interested in funding. The “Big Five” agencies include the departments of Defense and Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. The USDA also will be discussed because that agency is a good target for many Wyoming companies.

The SBDC is a partnership among the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Business Council and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBDC focuses on educating small-business owners and potential owners on how to successfully start and operate small businesses. The SBDC’s main office is located at UW.

The federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs fund innovative research and development projects implemented by small businesses. They focus on supporting important new ideas with good potential for commercialization. While 11 federal agencies provide SBIR funding, the largest five account for almost all of the $2.2 billion in funding available annually, and only those five fund STTR awards. 

Mark Henry, of Grow Emerging Companies LLC, will present the webinar. He has 37 years of SBIR/STTR experience, having worked on more than 3,000 proposals. Known as the “Vince Lombardi” of the SBIR program, he has worked with Wyoming companies for nearly two decades.

There is no registration fee for this webinar, but participants must register at to obtain the link to the program. Recordings of the webinar will be available for registered participants unable to join at that time. 

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance. For more information, call Kelly Haigler Cornish at (307) 766-2904.  

The Wyoming SBDC Network is a business advising group of the Wyoming SBDC, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Market Research Center and SBIR/STTR Initiative. The network’s mission is to help Wyoming entrepreneurs succeed. Advising and most market research activities are free of charge to Wyoming residents.

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

For more information, go to or call 1-800-348-5194.

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