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SBA May Webinars for Businesses to Learn About SBIR/STTR Proposals

Monday, April 21, 2014  
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SBA Michigan District Office

Webinar: Learn About NSF’s SBIR/STTR Program 
May 1, 2014 
1-2 PM (ET) 
Cost: $25 
Registration: http://www.bbcetc.com/event/learn-about-nsfs-sbirsttr-program/ 
Contact person: Jayne Berkaw, jayne@bbcetc.com / 734-930-9741 
Webinars are non-refundable

This informal session will provide a broad view of the National Science Foundation’s SBIR and STTR programs for those considering applying for the June 10 (SBIR) and June 11 (STTR), 2014 or a future NSF deadline.  Learn about the structure of the NSF programs and how to determine if your project is a potential fit with NSF’s mission of transforming scientific discovery into both social and economic benefit, and by emphasizing private sector commercialization.  The session will include tips on getting registered, best practices on preparing proposal components, how to approach the commercialization plan, and more.  
Speaker:  Michael Kurek, PhD, Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc) 

Speaker Information:  Over his 30-year career, Michael has demonstrated success on an international scale in defining new product opportunities, developing sales and marketing strategies, and recruiting and managing teams to deliver growth. He has held senior management positions in marketing, sales and business development for a number of life science companies—two of which completed successful initial public stock offerings on the NASDAQ exchange. He was also Vice President of Business Development for the Michigan Center for High Technology, where he was responsible for the business incubator program that served over 50 start-up technology companies. He holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Florida State University and an M.B.A. from Boston University. He joined BBC in 2001 as a Principal Consultant.  

Webinar: Submitting to DOD? Learn to Talk the Talk! 
May 6, 2014 
1-2 PM (ET) 
Cost: $25 
Registration: http://www.bbcetc.com/event/submitting-to-dod-learn-to-talk-their-talk-1/ 
Contact person: Jayne Berkaw, jayne@bbcetc.com / 734-930-9741 

The DoD SBIR and STTR programs offer a wide range of opportunities for small firms to address military needs in just about every technology area from software to training systems, from medical products to air, land and sea platforms. Since DoD is a procuring agency, companies have the unique opportunity to solve problems identified by the SBIR solicitations and ultimately sell products to the Defense Department. In order to become an eventual supplier to DoD, you need to understand how they do business and their unique language and acronyms. This webinar will provide a brief look at how SBIR/STTR projects fit into the DoD’s procurement process, and how you can “speak their language” to improve your chances of winning Phase I and Phase II contract awards. 

Speaker:  Becky Aistrup, Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc) 
Speaker Information: Becky’s professional background includes over 20 years of experience working within the medical, biotech, advanced materials and electronics industries, and consulting with technology companies on SBIR/STTR funding.  Prior to joining BBCetc in 2012, Becky was the SBIR/STTR Program Director for the Minnesota Science and Technology Authority.  Becky holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of Kansas, an M.B.A. in Marketing Management from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s Certification in Interactive Marketing from the University of San Francisco. 

Webinar: Preparing a Credible Budget for DOD SBIR/STTR Proposals 
May 7, 2014 
1-2 PM (ET) 
Cost: $25 
Registration: http://www.bbcetc.com/event/webinar-preparing-a-credible-budget-for-dod-and-doe-proposals-1-1/ 
Contact person: Jayne Berkaw, jayne@bbcetc.com / 734-930-9741 

Developing a credible budget for your DoD proposal should not be overlooked.  A proper budget can be an effective tool in driving the project from start to finish.  Be sure not to leave money on the table.  This session will walk through the development of a project budget.  Items covered will include:  what costs need to be included, how to write a budget justification, can the company afford to pursue this project, what indirect rate should be used and more. 

Speaker:  Kris Bergman, Grants & Contracts Management Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc) 

Speaker Information: Since joining BBC in 2000, Kris has assisted clients in preparing to receive and manage federal grant and contract funds. This includes advice on financial policies and procedures, DCAA compliance, budget development, indirect cost negotiation, Just-in-Time response, using QuickBooks and preparing for government audits. 

Webinar: Learn About the Dept. of Homeland Security’s SBIR Program 
May 20, 2014 
1-2 PM (ET) 
Cost: $25 
Registration: http://www.bbcetc.com/event/webinar-learn-about-the-dept-of-homeland-securitys-sbir-program/ 
Contact person: Jayne Berkaw, jayne@bbcetc.com / 734-930-9741 

The DHS SBIR program provides an opportunity for small, high-technology companies and research institutions to participate in federal government-sponsored R&D efforts in key technology areas. Find out how the DHS program operates, if your technology qualifies, and what you need to know about preparing a compelling proposal that meets DHS requirements, including what and what not to include. 

Speaker:  Becky Aistrup, Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc) 

Speaker Information: Becky’s professional background includes over 20 years of experience working within the medical, biotech, advanced materials and electronics industries, and consulting with technology companies on SBIR/STTR funding.  Prior to joining BBCetc in 2012, Becky was the SBIR/STTR Program Director for the Minnesota Science and Technology Authority.  Becky holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of Kansas, an M.B.A. in Marketing Management from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s Certification in Interactive Marketing from the University of San Francisco. 

About BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting:  BBCetc is a nationally recognized, results-driven entrepreneurial consulting group specializing in helping emerging companies to win SBIR/STTR funding and using it strategically to propel growth.  Its services include training courses and one-on-one consulting in the areas of technology assessment, SBIR/STTR proposal development, commercialization planning, and grants and contracts management.    


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