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RCBI, TechConnect to Host SBIR Lunch & Learn April 18

Entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to advance innovative concepts through the commercialization process can explore federal funding opportunities during an SBIR Lunch & Learn April 18 at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) in Huntington. To register for the event, click here.

Innovators across the country (and right here in West Virginia) are accessing millions of federal dollars, resulting in important research that can be converted into new products, technologies and services while also creating jobs. SBIR and STTR grants allow businesses to conduct feasibility studies in Phase I (up to $150,000) and develop prototypes in Phase II (up to $1 million) for eventual commercialization in Phase III using non-federal dollars.

Our workshop will include an overview of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs by George Murray, deputy district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Participants also will hear about the application process and the experience of working with a federal agency from a recent SBIR recipient here in West Virginia. Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect West Virginia, will provide an overview of that organization’s program to assist applicants throughout the SBIR application process.

This SBIR Lunch & Learn is sponsored by RCBI and TechConnect West Virginia. The free event includes lunch and will run from noon to 2 p.m. April 18. For more information, contact Mike Friel at 304.781.1686.

Register by Thursday, April 13, at