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SBIR/STTR Overview and Abbreviated Phase I Proposal Development at the Department of Defense

April 21, 2021  | online training - 9-noon MT

This half-day webinar on the basics of the DOD programs and how to prepare an SBIR/STTR proposal to your favorite DOD component.

Wyoming-based participants can request a 1-on-1 session after the webinar to discuss their SBIR/STTR interests or proposal; contact for more information or an appointment..



Empowering Innovation Conference

April 26-30| no-cost and virtua

Empowering Innovation means the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to help your small business succeed.

How? With nearly $1.1 billion dollars of annual grant funding available to forge academic partnerships and build small businesses, HHS wants to help you through the process, from start to finish. The 21st Annual HHS Small Business Program Conference brings together nearly 1,000 attendees including federal agencies, small business owners, and institutions of higher education. This year the event is offered for free and online on April 26-30, 2021  and allows you to:
• Gain tips on developing a successful, competitive application
• Explore small business program bsics that will help you succeed
• Speak one-on-one with representatives from 22 NIH institutions as well as representatives from other federal agencies that support life science product development
• Discover the resources to help your busienss thrive

Regardless of which track or sessions you attend, each will provide you with actionable guidance to help you succeed. See the full agenda at 

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NOTE: This is not a UW/Wyoming SBDC Network event, but a great opportunity for UW spinouts, student/faculty teams interested in exploring SBIR/STTR and Wyoming small businesses.

Intellectual Property Basics with the USPTO

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Please join Rocky Mountain Assistant Regional Director David Le, and Primary Patent Examiner and Outreach Advisor Rachelle Reichert, at this interactive virtual session as they discuss intellectual property basics, including the importance of IP as a business decision. Le and Reichert will explain the different types of IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and patents), and business considerations for each one, followed by a Q&A session.



Cyber Security for Tech Companies: Part 1 and Part 2

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Tech companies have all the same cybersecurity risks as other small businesses and need to be proactive to protect assets. However, they need to take additional pre-emptive steps since intellectual property (IP) is often a target of cybercriminals. The Wyoming SBDC Network is offering a two-part webinar series to help tech-based business prepare.

In the first webinar, Certified Ethical Hacker Jim Drever will be sharing the simple things you can do as a small business owner to protect your sensitive business data.

In the follow-on webinar, Jim will provide additional detailed steps you need to take to secure your trade secrets, research data, and other intellectual property from malicious attackers.

Wyoming small businesses will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with Jim to make sure their business data, research data, and intellectual property are protected before they apply for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding and after they receive funding.

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The Business Side of SBIR

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This workshop helps the attendee to put an SBIR project into the proper context of their business. Does the project support the company’s mission and goals? Is the project priced to ensure full recovery of the company’s cost in performing the work? What is the most logical commercialization path for bringing the SBIR technology to the market place? These and many similar issues are discussed. 

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SBIR/STTR Commercialization Workshop

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This workshop, by way of an example, leads attendees through a process of deciding if a commercialization opportunity exists, determining the best way to exploit it, and presenting it all in an SBIR/STTR commercialization plan.

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hase II Proposal Prepartation

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Already have a Phase I award? Then you need to get ready to submit your Phase II proposal! Learn how Phase II is different from Phase I, and how to put the Phase II proposal together. Special attention is paid to the all-important commercialization aspect of the Phase II plan and proposal.

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SBIR and STTR Agency Webinar Series

This webinar is part of a series. Each hour long webinar will focus on a different SBIR/STTR agency. The webinars begin with an overview of the agency’s SBIR (and STTR, where applicable) program, and then continue into a discussion of the its unique features. The webinar will conclude with some advise on preparing and submitting a Phase I proposal to the highlighted agency. At the end of this series, attendees will know which agencies are a good fit for their technology.

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February 19US Department of Education
March 3NASA
March 17National Institute of Health
March 24National Science Foundation
April 22US Department of Defense
May 27US Department of Agriculture
June 23US Department of Energy

If you missed a webinar in the series, you can acccess them at:

Presented by: Jim Greenwood, Greenwood Consulting Group Inc, has taught thousands of entrepreneurs how to write competitive technical and cost proposals. He and his team provide assistance including draft proposal reviews and brainstorming on proposal strategy and content. Recognized as a leading expert, Jim is a regular instructor of Phase I and Phase II proposal preparation workshops at national and regional conferences.

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