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Posted by: Jacoba Mendelkow on May 7, 2012

SBIR/STTR Expert to Highlight “Secrets of a Winning Proposal” in Vernal, Logan and Price Workshops

In a series of regional half-day workshops, Mary Cardon, manager of USTAR’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center (SSAC), will present the dos and don’ts for SBIR-STTR grant proposals. The sessions are held in  cooperation with local Small Business Development Centers (SBDC).  

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants are federal grant programs specifically for small entrepreneurial enterprises working on new technologies. They are a source of non-equity funding for emerging business research and development, and are available from 11 participating agencies such as the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, the National Science Foundation and USDA.

Utah’s SSAC has a 25 percent success rate with proposals they assist with, and has helped more than 80 Utah companies in this process. In the last three years, Utah companies working with the Center have won more than $4.5 million in federal funding. The typical Phase I SBIR grant is a $150,000.

Workshop topics include:

·      How to prepare before the agency solicitation comes out

·      Tips on what to write and NOT to write

·      Budget do’s and don’ts

·      Three key steps to help your proposal to advance

The four-hour workshops are scheduled:

Vernal – Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Logan - Thursday June 21, 2012, USU Merrill-Cazier Library, room 101

Price – Tuesday, June 26, 2012

“The SSAC is based at Salt Lake Community College’s Sandy campus, but it is a statewide resource,” said USTAR executive director Ted McAleer. “Mary Cardon and her team are committed to educating and working with small businesses across Utah.”

Registration is limited to 40 participants, and as an incentive for early registration, the first 20 spots are $10 per person, and the second 20 are $20 per person. Registration includes breakfast, lunch and free parking. Registration information and exact times and locations are available at