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For Immediate Release
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

Macomb-OU INC to help entrepreneurs vie for federal R&D funding

     Sterling Heights, Mich. – The Macomb-OU Incubator will host a training program on Thursday, Aug. 8, to help small technology businesses develop competitive proposals for federal research and development funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs at the Department of Defense (DOD). In all, 11 federal agencies make over $2.4 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available each year.

     This one-day training session will be led by Becky Aistrup of BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc) based in Ann Arbor, MI. Aistrup is a BBCetc Principal Consultant with over 20 years of experience working within the medical, biotech, advanced materials and electronics industries, as well as consulting with technology companies on SBIR/STTR funding.

     Training program attendees will learn how to craft a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal that meets the unique requirements of the DOD, as well as how to avoid common pitfalls, prepare a commercialization plan, meet reviewer expectations and navigate the submission process.

     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 SBIR/STTR funding programs provide an excellent opportunity for technology businesses to secure funds for research and development," said Julie Gustafson, Macomb-OU Incubator's executive director.

     "SBIR/STTR deadlines for DOD are coming up, so this training is well timed for those interested in learning more how to write a compelling proposal."

     The training program will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Velocity Building, located at 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Registration, which is $75 for Michigan attendees and $150 for all others, is available online at

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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.

     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