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For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 28, 2013


Training to focus on federal funding available for small businesses

     Sterling Heights, Mich. – The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator will host a training program on Tuesday, April 9, to help small technology entrepreneurs and businesses assess their eligibility for the government's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Through these programs, 11 federal agencies make over $2 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available to fund R&D at innovative small companies annually.

     The half-day training session will be led by Ann Arbor-based BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc). Attendees will learn SBIR/STTR program basics including program purpose, eligibility, sources of funding and tools for proposal development. The event is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue a grant or contract proposal.

     "The SBIR/STTR funding programs provide an excellent opportunity for technology businesses to secure funds for research and development," said Julie Gustafson, executive director of Macomb-OU INCubator. "Any qualified technology entrepreneur should take advantage of this high-quality training offered by BBC."

     BBCetc manages the Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program, which makes SBIR/STTR proposal development services available to technology-based entrepreneurs and early-stage companies throughout Michigan. The program offers training and one-one-one proposal preparation assistance to qualified companies, with the costs of these services covered in whole or in part by a grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

     The April 9 training program will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Velocity Collaboration Center on 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights and will be led by Andrea Johnson, Ph.D., a BBCetc Principal Consultant with over 18 years of experience in leading international collaborative research projects. The cost for Michigan attendees is $50 and for all others $100. Registration is available online at http://bbctraining4912.eventbrite.com.

     For more information, contact Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or macINC@oakland.edu.

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     The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator provides entrepreneurial resources, business solutions, and access to student interns and proactive support to businesses at every stage, in an effort to help start-ups on their path to success. The INCubator's goal is to create jobs and advance the development of businesses with obtaining necessary financing for growth, business strategy, consultation, access to appropriate rental space, shared business services, and equipment and technology support services in the areas of defense, homeland security and advanced manufacturing.

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Oakland University is a doctoral, research-intensive university located in Oakland County, Michigan. The university has 139 bachelor's degree programs and 127 graduate degree and certificate programs. Dedicated to delivering a distinctive undergraduate experience that is complemented by the strength of its graduate offerings and research accomplishments, Oakland University is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Nursing and The Honors College. Visit Oakland University on the Web at oakland.edu.