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  • Submitted on 14 April 2015

    Created on March 15, 2015
     

    Going Global with Intellectual PropertyAre you planning to expand your business internationally to sell or buy innovative goods and technologies? Are you pondering opening a factory abroad, having your products made overseas, or starting an export or import business? Even if you are not planning on going overseas, knowledge of the international aspects of intellectual property may be critical for your business. 

    The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a series of free 1-hour webinars starting on April 28 to provide business owners with useful information on the international aspects of intellectual property and conducting commerce at home. Mark your calendars and register for this 3-part series offering keen insight about complex international laws.

    Register today!

  • Submitted on 30 March 2015

    Created on March 30, 2015

     

    When you think of business and investment opportunities in the United States, where’s the best place to start?  America is made up of 50 states plus territories and each location has its own unique economic profile. The U.S. Cluster Mapping Tool, a combined effort of the Harvard Business School and the U.S. Economic Development Administration, is THE starting place for anyone looking to expand their business in the U.S. The free, online Cluster Mapping tool uses more than 50 million data records to help you identify industry regional clusters and make informed investment decisions.

  • Submitted on 20 March 2015

    Created on March 20, 2015
     

    National SBIR/STTR ConferenceAttention technology entrepreneurs!!!

    The Spring National SBIR/STTR Conference will take place June 15-17, 2015 at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center at Washington DC National Harbor.

    At this conference, attendees learn from and network with SBIR/STTR leaders and program experts on how to participate and compete for funding in the government's SBIR/STTR programs, with a focus on commercializing technological innovations.

  • Submitted on 20 March 2015

    Created on March 20, 2015
     

    SBIR Road TourThe SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Over the course of this year individual program managers from the 11 participating agencies representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding will embark on a 20 state road tour, participating in a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States.

    If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity. Every SBIR Road Tour stop provides an in-depth understanding of agency technology funding priorities, and one-on-one meetings with high level decision makers.

    Register TODAY!
    South East Tour – March 24 – 27, 2015

  • Submitted on 03 March 2015

    Created on March 3, 2015
     

    Summit Comment on Small Business Mentor Protege Program;The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published a proposed rule to amend its regulations to establish a government-wide Mentor-Protégé Program for all small businesses as directed by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA). As directed by the statute, the proposed small business mentor-protégé program is modeled on SBA’s existing 8(a) Business Development mentor-protégé program.

    The expansion of the program will increase opportunities for small businesses to enter the federal marketplace as well as to pursue larger and more complex requirements. The mentor protégé program is designed to pair up nascent firms that are facing potential development gaps with larger, more experienced firms that can assist in filling those gaps.

    Mentors typically provide support in areas such as managerial experience, past performance qualifications, project implementation know-how and the ability to manage larger and complex contracts.

  • Submitted on 17 February 2015

    Created on February 17, 2015
     

    SBIR Road TourThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will launch an 18 state road tour, joined by 11 fellow federal agencies in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

    The SBIR Road Tour “Seeding America’s Future Innovations,” is a nationally focused outreach initiative targeting advanced technology communities, including women-owned and minority-owned small businesses in states that have underutilized funding opportunities through these programs. Today, the agency is launching information on the tour through www.sbir.gov and will also launch a blog that will be active up through the end of the tour in late August.

  • Submitted on 17 February 2015

    Created on February 17, 2015
     

    MBDA MOU SigningLed by National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has been collaborating with the San Francisco MBDA Business Center (SFMBC), operated by ASIAN, Inc., to advance a groundbreaking technology transfer and innovation agenda.

    The SFMBC, along with its sister San Jose and Fresno MBDA Business Centers, serve the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, which is universally recognized as one of the world’s leading regions for technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Minority business entrepreneurs (MBEs) in this region are not short of innovative ideas and are all too eager to gain access to cutting-edge technologies from national laboratories and universities, especially in life sciences, IT, and clean technology sectors. We’re working diligently to get those MBEs into these emerging markets.

  • Submitted on 27 January 2015

    Created on January 27, 2015
     

    WebinarThe Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

    Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

    By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.Get to know the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Translation (STTR) programs.

  • Submitted on 09 January 2015

    Created on January 9, 2015
     

    Explore investor-owned and consumer-owned utility company options for energy efficiency and sustainability investments:  energy audits, rebates, equipment efficiency, time of use, net metering, building, refrigeration, compressed air, and lighting.

    City and county certifiably green programs: new local city initiatives; energy audits, rebates, tax credits, preferred contractor list, free sustainability advising.

    All participants will receive on-line calculators and checklists

    Speakers:

    Matt Varilek, Small Business Administration, Region VIII Administrator

    Martha Young, Founder, Sustainability4SMEs; business analyst and writer

    Emily Startz and Sam Domeier, Xcel Energy Product Portfolio Managers, business energy efficiency (DSM) programs, audits/studies and energy efficiency financing programs

    Doug Priest, U.S. Bank representative and liaison through Xcel Energy alliance; funding the Green Industry since 2000

    Tom Green, United Power/Boulder community affairs and key accounts representative. Tom has more than 20 years’ experience in the electric power industry

  • Submitted on 30 December 2014

    Created on December 30, 2014
     

    Patented StampHelping small businesses and independent inventors with limited resources is an important goal of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and supports the Administration’s commitment to balance the playing field for all entrepreneurs looking to innovate. It also supports the White House executive actions issued to improve the patent system.

    One of those executive actions aims to expand coverage of the Patent Pro Bono Program to all 50 states, and I am pleased to announce that we are making great strides towards bringing pro bono assistance to inventors across the country.

    Because patents fuel our economy and stimulate job creation, the USPTO wants to make sure the patent system is accessible to all. With this in mind, the USPTO works with intellectual property law associations and local bar associations across the country to help them establish pro bono inventor assistance programs in their specific regions.

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