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Innovative Arkansas entrepreneurs are encouraged to explore research funding opportunities within the 2016 Department of Health and Human Services Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Omnibus grant solicitations. SBIR Phase I awards range in size from $150,000 to $225,000 for six-month project performance periods. Participating agency components (Note: STTR is only available […]

DOE Launches SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program

June 15th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

In July, the U.S. Department of Energy will launch the fourth round of its SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program to coincide with the agency’s anticipated July 18 announcement of the FY2017 Phase I, Release 1 SBIR/STTR topics. The program is aimed at helping eligible small R&D businesses and individuals successfully apply for SBIR/STTR federal funding from […]

Rural agriculture and food businesses are encouraged to explore the 2017 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Now in its third year, the national business competition challenge is an opportunity for rural entrepreneurs to pitch innovative business ideas to a team of judges with expertise in business development and agribusiness. Online applications are due by June 30. A […]

SBIR Insider Speaks to Program Reauthorization

June 1st, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

The latest issue of the SBIR Insider addresses some important developments regarding Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program reauthorization. The SBIR/STTR program will need to be reauthorized by next year after being maintained over the past six years though the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. In the newsletter, author Rick Shindell notes that for the […]

This year’s National SBIR/STTR Conference kicked off with a Fireside Chat that addressed the role of liberal arts in innovative thinking, insights on working with the federal government, and opportunities to expand the nationwide spread of Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program awardees. Fireside Chat speakers included Stephen Gold of IBM, Jenny Lawton […]

Sensor technology is a research topic of interest across several federal agencies that participate in the Small Business Innovation Research /Small Business Technology Transfer program. The agencies include the Environmental Protection Agency, Dept. of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dept. of Energy, National Science Foundation, Dept. of Health […]

Summer QuickBooks Classes

May 26th, 2016 by Gwen Green

A shoe box is no way to keep up with your business expenses. QuickBooks accounting software is a popular option for small businesses. You can get acquainted with QuickBooks and develop your skills at QuickBooks seminars hosted by ASBTDC. Using our laptop computers, participants get hands-on training and experience in the QuickBooks environment. On July 22, […]

USDA Seeks Rural Broadband Development Proposals

May 18th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a funding opportunity through its Community Connect Grant Program. The program helps fund rural broadband development in areas where the private sector has not yet provided service. Eligible applicants include most state and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, non-profits, and for-profit corporations. The application deadline is June 17. Program Announcement Notice of Funds […]

Excellence in TBED Awards

May 18th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The 10th annual State Science & Technology Institute Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Development awards program will open this summer to new applications. This year, awards will be made to organizations that demonstrate excellence at local, state, or regional levels in the following categories: Building Prosperity Through Science and Technology Creating Prosperity Through Entrepreneurship and Captial Creating Prosperity Though Economic Opportunity Most Promising […]

Angel Fund to Launch in Northeast Arkansas

May 18th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

The Accelerate Jonesboro Angel Fund is being created with the goal of creating startups and jobs in Northeast Arkansas. The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the initiative on May 16. The fund plans to make an initial investment round of $50,000. The application period for the first round of seed capital funding will close in August. To be […]