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Dave McEwen

By: Brady W Moore   Published 3:05 pm / January 20, 2017

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Dave McEwen

SBIR Program Manager
Small Business Development Center
College of Business and Economics

Dave McEwen has joined the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program manager, with the mandate to help Idaho small businesses successfully find and secure federal research grants and contracts. Through these grants, local companies can bring millions of dollars of federal investment to the state, encouraging growth of the startup and small business ecosystem in Idaho.

McEwen joins the SBDC from Seattle, where he spent 15 years as an award-winning corporate communications strategist, working with executives and leaders from Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Micron. After leaving the corporate world, he co-founded healthcare informatics and internet of things technology startups, helping to create products that allow customers to solve their information, logistics and data-aggregation problems through the power of cloud-based enterprise management.

McEwen holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and currently is enrolled in Boise State’s MBA program. He also is an accomplished musician, having performed at Carnegie Hall and shared the stage with legendary groups including The Manhattan Transfer and Take Six.

SBIR is a U.S. government program coordinated by the Small Business Administration that encourages scientific and technology innovation through the investment of more than $2 billion in federal research funds to American small businesses every year. Established in 1982, the SBIR program helps small businesses conduct research and development to solve specific needs of U.S. government agencies by providing funding in the form of contracts and research grants.

“All small businesses can benefit from research grants and government contracts and I look forward to helping Idaho entrepreneurs succeed,” said McEwen. “I am determined to see Idaho gain a greater share of SBIR awards, which will help promote the state as a destination for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to innovate and change the world.”

“Dave’s position furthers the Idaho SBDC’s initiative to help Idaho’s technology businesses grow and thrive,” said Katie Sewell, state director of the Idaho SBDC. “The SBIR program can bring substantial research and development grants to local companies and we are excited to work with our clients and make that happen.”

The Idaho Small Business Development Center empowers business success through no-cost, confidential consulting and affordable trainings to small businesses throughout Idaho. With local offices in six different regions across the state, the Idaho SBDC’s mission is to enhance the success of Idaho small businesses by providing high-quality consulting and training, and leveraging the resources of Idaho’s colleges and universities. To learn more about the Idaho SBDC and the services that they provide, visit, or call (208) 426-1640.

If you have a small business and would like to learn more about the SBIR program, visit Idaho small businesses that would like personalized assistance, counseling or training may contact McEwen at (208) 426-3510 or email