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With $4 billion available annually, the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer federal programs are a source of startup grant money and seed capital for early-stage companies to conduct research and development that leads to commercialization of novel innovations and technologies.

On this week’s free webinar, host and SBDC director Kelly Bearden is joined by Charles Eason, Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) advisor with the SBDC to discuss details of the SBIR and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs, qualifications and eligibility requirements for funding, and insights on how to prepare and submit a proposal for the competitive process.

Kelly begins the webinar with a look at current trends facing small businesses, available capital resources programs, and more.

This marks the 317th episode of the weekly “Webinar Wednesday” business series that provides news and information helpful to employers and business owners.

The CSU Bakersfield Small Business Development Center provides free one-on-one consulting to help small business owners. New and existing businesses can sign up for assistance by clicking here!

TIMESTAMPS The bold blue link below is a direct link to when Charles Eason begins his presentation: Navigating SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities
00:00 Intro
00:44 What’s up today April 24, 2024
03:32 Poll Question #1 What can we do moving forward with webinar Wednesday? What topics would you like to see?
05:25 Poll Question #2 the Federal Trade Commission eliminated non-compete clauses. What percentage of employees nationwide would you estimate have such a clause?
06:50 Have you received unsolicited email from SBDC offering small business loans or grants?
07:41 FTC Strike Noncompete clauses
09:16 Bankruptcy Options available for businesses
10:24 Want to Run a Home Daycare Business?
10:54 FREE Human Resources Hotline for Employers
16:19 NSF Phase I Project
19:42 NSF Phase II Project
19:53 Purpose of SBIR/STTR Program
20:23 Valley of Death
21:05 Intellectual Property Rights
22:14 SBIR/STTR Participating Agencies
24:13 SBIR/STTR Budgets by Agency
28:35 Eligibility to Participate
31:17 Who Participates in SBIR/STTR?
31:27 SBIR/STTR: 3-Phase Program
36:45 Odds of Being Funded
37:53 Researching Topics
38:54 Help for researching on the SBA.gov website https://www.sbir.gov/
41:42 Contacting Topic Point of Contact https://www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/topic/current
42:13 NSF Phase I Project Pitch
43:24 NSF Phase I Proposal Content https://new.nsf.gov/funding/preparing-proposal
45:00 Basic Commercialization Plan
45:32 Commercialization Assistance
46:26 Cost Proposal (Budget)
46:58 Sample Phase I Budget
47:36 Submitting Your Proposal
48:34 Proposal Review Criteria
48:57 Common Reasons for Decline
49:16 Get Feedback After Award
49:31 Other Funding Opportunities
49:51 Conclusion
50:25 Kelly rejoins Charles for discussion and Questions and Answers with webinar attendees
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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.