Sponsored by VT EPSCoR
Two SBIR/STTR funding workshops were conducted in Burlington and Bennington on November 4th and 6th, 2014. Ms. Karen West was the keynote presenter. Karen West owns C & P Management Services, LLC, in Washington, Maine, a small, woman- and veteran-owned business that provides strategic business management assistance to small and large businesses. With concentrated expertise in purchasing, proposal management, and contract management services, Karen has over twenty-six years of business experience including government and civilian contracting, subcontracting, and supply management. She has had hands-on, in-depth experience from small purchases to complex multi-million dollar environmental, electronic, aerospace, and R&D proposal preparation, contract negotiation, and administration for both small and large businesses with an emphasis on the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program.
Dr. Patrick Clemins, Cyber Specialist and Private Sector Liaison for VT EPSCoR, provided valuable information on the Vermont EPSCoR SBIR/STTR Phase (0), Private Sector Pilot, and Use of Facilities awards for attendees. All three funding mechanisms currently have open requests for proposals. For more information please visit: http://epscor.w3.uvm.edu/2/.
The workshops also included panels of past SBIR/STTR award winners from Stromatec, Quantaspec, Inc., Omega Optical, and Battenkill Technologies, Inc. The panelists reflected on how they have leveraged federal Phase I and II SBIR/STTR grants to grow their businesses and keep their research and development pipelines full. They also engaged in an extended Q&A session with the attendees.