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Conference to Help Small Businesses Compete for $2.5 Billion in Grants

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Business professionals across the country are invited to register now for the 2011 National SBIR/STTR Fall Conference. The event is being hosted by the Louisiana Technology Council and Louisiana Economic Development partners in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 6 – 9, 2011. The conference will help small businesses learn how to compete for SBIR/STTR grants and contracts, which amount to approximately $2.5 billion in funding annually.

SBIR is a competitive federal government grant program that funds small businesses in developing innovative, high-risk technologies with the goal of increasing private sector commercialization into the marketplace. SBIR is a highly specialized form of funding for small firms to perform cutting-edge research and development that addresses the nation’s most critical scientific, engineering and technology needs.

The conference includes:

  • One-on-one meetings with multiple federal agencies
  • Training sessions on how to apply for, write and obtain SBIR grants
  • Specialty workshops
  • Nationally recognized keynote speakers
  • Federal agency overview sessions

Conference attendees can also register for one-on-one meetings to:

  • Network and find new partners to develop business ideas
  • Identify new technologies or promote their own technology
  • Identify new collaborative partners for R&D proposals
  • Meet companies and organizations from across the nation
  • Promote their know-how and expertise

To learn more or register now, please visit

About SBIR
Enacted by Congress in 1982, there are 11 federal agencies that have R&D budgets of $100 million or more. Each agency is required by statue to set-aside 2.5% of these funds to SBIR/STTR incentives, creating a great opportunity for small and innovative businesses to apply for these funds.

SBIR enables small businesses to compete on the same level as larger companies, encouraging start-ups and growing economies in those states which actively support this critical program. It is a critical source of capital to support the unmet needs of many innovative businesses. In addition, SBIR offers promising opportunities to socially and economically disadvantaged companies throughout the country.

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