Partners in Progress workshop to focus on SBIR program


Binghamton University and the Greater Binghamton Coalition is sponsoring a free workshop to help local researchers, entrepreneurs and investors understand the details for applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants.

“Partners in Progress: BU, Greater Binghamton and the Small Business Innovation Research Program,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, at the Holiday Inn Arena.

Participants will learn more about a federal program that offers more than $1.6 billion a year to research-based small businesses. The workshop will include five sessions. Two will specifically target the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, a federal program designed to stimulate technological innovation, utilize small business to meet federal research and development needs, and increase private sector commercialization.

Other sessions will address building partnerships between academia and industry, business planning and market research, protecting intellectual property, and real-life stories of successful and not-so-successful SBIR partnerships.

The event will also include a variety of displays featuring economic development agencies, university resources, entrepreneurial support and service agencies, and industry success stories. Marcene Sonneborn of the Central New York SBIR Outreach Program will discuss how to tap the resources. She will also provide an overview of other technology funding programs, such as the Small Business Technology Transfer Research Program (STTR).

To register for the program, which includes a free networking lunch and an end-of-day reception, contact Colleen Springsteen or Elizabeth Tuttle at 778-2109 or email Space is limited and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Last Updated: 9/17/13