SBDC Workshop to Cover Technical and Cost Proposal Preparation

The federal government sets aside more than $2 billion annually to fund the early-stage development of new high-tech ideas being pursued by innovative small businesses. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs focus on funding these high-risk, high-payoff projects that have significant commercial potential.

To assist small businesses in this area, an SBIR/STTR technical and cost preparation workshop -- sponsored by the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Forward Sheridan -- is scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

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.

Jim Greenwood, a nationally recognized SBIR/STTR expert, will be in Sheridan both days to provide a deep dive into the federal SBIR/STTR programs. This 1 1/2-day workshop is scheduled in the Forward Sheridan Boardroom, 224 S. Main St., in Sheridan.

Greenwood will cover proposal strategies, SBIR/STTR cost proposal concepts, indirect rates and basic government accounting concepts, including the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation). He will go through a critique of an actual SBIR proposal and demonstrate how to calculate a defensible indirect rate. Attendees and community members also are invited to a meet-up after the workshop Tuesday. 

There is no charge for Wyoming residents to attend due to grant funding from the U.S. SBA through the Federal and State Technology Partnership Program, but participants must register at

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.

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