UALR Hosting SBIR Workshop on Feb. 7

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 10:49 am  

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at UALR is hosting a proposal writing workshop for federal SBIR/STTR grants on Feb. 7.

The workshop is designed for entrepreneurs, small business owners and university researchers who are developing products with high commercial potential. The early-bird registration rate of $100 applies through Jan. 24. Afterwards, the rate is $150. University faculty and staff qualify for a $75 registration rate. 

The workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Reynolds Business Building on the UALR campus. Registration includes breakfast, lunch and a copy of workshop materials.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants provide federal funding for innovative research projects that meet certain research and development criteria. The federal government provides more than $2 billion in grants and contracts through the SBIR/STTR program each year.

Intended for early-stage, first-time or unsuccessful writers of SBIR Phase I proposals, the workshop provides participants with complete in-class exercises using techniques that will help them write more successful proposals that address specific federal agency requirements, according to an ASBTDC news release.

According to ASBTDC, proposal outlines from various agencies will be used, and each major proposal section will be considered in detail, with methods and techniques for covering each section. Plus, two key areas to winning SBIR funding -- the work plan and the commercialization plan -- will be fully discussed. 

The instructor will be Sharon Ballard, CEO of EnableVentures, a multiple-SBIR awardee and entrepreneurial founding executive with extensive experience as entrepreneurial coach and instructor. 

For more information to register online, click here, or contact Rebecca Norman at 501-683-7700 or



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