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Cary, NC Firm Wins SBA Award of Excellence in Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship


SBA to Present Innovation Award to 3C Institute
Firm celebrates 13th Anniversary Developing
Social Skills Programs for Students

Charlotte, NC –  SBA North Carolina District Director Ms. Lynn L. Douthett will soon honor Dr. Melissa DeRosier, founder and CEO of Cary-based 3C Institute with a special Award of Excellence for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. The firm develops specialized technologies for health, including intelligent games, dynamic e-training platforms, and software systems to support quality healthcare practices.

Dr. DeRosier, a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, started 3C Institute in 2001. She grew frustrated that research -based tools to address important societal issues like bullying, academic underachievement, and social-emotional health were not being used in everyday practice in schools and healthcare settings. Starting the business on her own, she set out to create innovative solutions to bridge this research-practice gap. 3C Institute now has a staff of 70 full-time employees and continues to grow.

DeRosier received almost $25 million in Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants and contracts awarded by agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and National Institutes for Health. The SBIR program provides funding to explore feasibility of an innovative idea or technology, expand research and development and ultimately bring the innovation to the marketplace.

In 2011, 3C received a Tibbetts Award, given to exemplary firms that have received SBIR funding.

Details about the upcoming awards luncheon will be available soon.

To learn more about Dr. DeRosier's experience working with the SBTDC, read her recent success story from the SBTDC's annual report >>


SBTDC's SBIR Training Sessions


SBIR Introduction
Speaker: John Ujvari, SBTDC
Date: 2/20
Time: 2 – 3PM
Where: Webcast
Registration: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/662639663

NIH Phase 1 SBIR Overview
Speaker: John Ujvari, SBTDC
Date: 2/27
Time: Noon – 1PM
Where: Webcast
Registration: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/906588615


Carolina Innovations Seminar
Army Research Office Funding Overview
Speakers: Michael Caccuitto, ARO / Dr. Brad Guay, ARO / John Ujvari, SBTDC
Date: 3/6
Time: 5:30 – 6:30PM
Where:UNC – Sitterson Hall, Room 014
More Info: http://otd.unc.edu/carolina_innovations_seminar.php


Identifying Partners
Speaker: John Ujvari, SBTDC
Date: 4/17
Time: 2 - 3PM
Where: Webcast
Registration: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/248055255

Open and Future Solicitations


This spring offers an abundance of open solicitations to peruse. Below are links to each of the agencies that have open solicitations, as well as those that will be open soon.

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 5, 2014

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 9, 2014 (6AM)

Department of Education

Proposal Submission Deadline: March 15, 2014

Department of Transportation
Proposal Submission Deadline: April 4, 2014

Capital Opportunities for Small Businesses

Newly updated for 2014, the SBTDC's Capital Opportunities for Small Businesses provides information about financial resources available to small businesses in North Carolina. The SBTDC publishes this in an effort to support the growth of North Carolina’s economy and to educate and serve the small business community.

Capital Opportunities serves as a resource for individuals seeking start-up financing, businesses hunting for expansion capital, and organizations that aid small businesses in obtaining financing. Each funding source is briefly identified and accompanied by a list of contacts. This free guide also describes recent developments that may affect the availability of funding or the eligibility of small businesses to access capital.

Chapters include:

  • CHAPTER 1: Introduction
  • CHAPTER 2: Overview of Financing Sources
  • CHAPTER 3: Financial Institutions
  • CHAPTER 4: Federal Government Sources
  • CHAPTER 5: State Government Sources
  • CHAPTER 6: Equity Capital Sources
  • CHAPTER 7: Private, Not-for-Profit and Local Programs
  • CHAPTER 8: Financial Assistance Services

Download entire publication at: www.sbtdc.org/pdf/capopps.pdf

February 2014

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