Three organizations are joining forces to help small businesses compete for federal funding. The Indiana Procurement and Technical Assistance Center, Indiana Innovation Institute and NavalX Midwest Tech Bridge are hosting a series of free workshops to provide guidance on how small businesses can take advantage of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.
“One of our primary missions as an organization is to help Indiana become a hub of national security innovation,” said Steve Kelly, IN3 president. “The SBIR/STTR programs are an ideal way to grow the defense sector in Indiana and help small businesses access federal dollars and, ultimately, help them find new markets for their products and services. We are delighted to partner with Indiana PTAC in this important endeavor.”
IN3 says SBIR encourages businesses with 500 or fewer employees to engage in federal research and research and development that has the potential for commercialization.
“Indiana PTAC, as part of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, exists to help Indiana companies sell their products and services to appropriate government agencies by offering no-cost counseling services and workshops,” said Chris Jeffers, state director of Indiana PTAC. “Through our partnership with IN3, we can offer even greater assistance to Indiana small businesses – particularly in the defense sector – and we’re excited to hold these sessions across the state of Indiana in the coming months.”
Six workshops will be held regionally throughout the state. The sessions are listed below:
- Terre Haute, February 18, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Mussallem Union (Lake Room, MU 171)
- Jeffersonville, March 15, location to be announced
- Fort Wayne, April 11, location to be announced
- Evansville, May 4, location to be announced
- Indianapolis, June 14, location to be announced
- West Lafayette, September 14, location to be announced