The SBTDC’s State of Small Business Blog

  • DoD SBIR/STTR – Funding Beyond Shields and Swords Jan 25, 2019 When deciding to test the SBIR/STTR waters, many innovators find themselves focusing on one or two of the 11 agencies that participate in the SBIR program. This happens because, generally, an agency may have an obvious sweet spot for solicitation topics based on its core mission. For instance, Health and Human Services (HHS/NIH) is most ... Read more »
  • It’s all About the Value Proposition Jan 25, 2019 Think about successful businesses. Whether a small or large business, traditionally funded or via angel or venture capital, all of these have business fundamentals that remain constant, regardless of funding source. It is safe to say that the same business fundamentals that make traditional businesses successful make growth ventures good investment opportunities. It’s all ... Read more »
  • Conduct a Patent Search and Keep Quiet Jan 25, 2019 You have an idea for an invention, but you really don’t know what to do next. If you want to pursue a patent, there are a number of steps to take. The first two things we can suggest are to conduct a search and don’t tell anyone about your idea. Do a search (i.e., ask) Conducting a search ... Read more »
  • SBIR and the Government Shutdown Jan 25, 2019 The federal government shutdown is having affects on various agencies. Rick Shindell has done a terrific job of outlining how this is affecting specific agencies. Rick has been a longtime member of the SBIR community and has helped to keep us “in the know” on timely issues for 20+ years. We have promoted Rick’s free ... Read more »
  • Mentor Protégé Programs Jan 16, 2019 By Scott Barker, PTAC Counselor at East Carolina University Defense Acquisition University (DAU) “about” Mentor-Protégé Programs: https://www.dau.mil/acquipedia/pages/articledetails.aspx#!150  SBA’s All Small Mentor-Protégé Program: https://www.sba.gov/course/all-small-mentor-protege-program/  8(a) Mentor-Protégé Business Development Program: https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/8a-business-development-program#section-header-7  DoD Mentor-Protégé program https://business.defense.gov/Programs/Mentor-Protege-Program/    Homeland Security Mentor-Protégé program https://www.dhs.gov/mentor-protege-program  Department of State Mentor-Protégé program https://www.state.gov/s/dmr/sdbu/c14690.htm  Department of Transportation Mentor-Protégé program https://www.transportation.gov/osdbu/procurement-assistance/mentor-protege-pilot-program       Department of Energy Mentor-Protégé program https://www.energy.gov/osdbu/osdbu-programs-home/mentor-protege-program    Not all of these agencies participate each year, and there is no ... Read more »
  • House Committee Proposes Ending SDVOSB Self-Certification Dec 14, 2018 By Pamela Racer, PTAC Counselor at Western Carolina University The Small Business Administration (SBA) certifies small businesses for federal contracting set-aside/preference programs. This process helps to ensure that only qualified entities are able to take advantage from the $105 billion in government contract awards reserved for small businesses. However, there is one exception to ... Read more »

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