The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced this week that the first stop of their annual 11-state, 15-stop road tour will be held at Boise State University on Tuesday, May 2. Led by the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, the road tour features participation from 11 federal agencies. This will be the third year of the SBA-led National Innovation Road Tour and the second time that the Idaho Small Business Development Center has hosted the event in Boise.
Entrepreneurs and technology small business owners can register for tickets to the all-day event, and to meet in one-on-one meetings with representatives from 11 different federal agencies, at www.sbirroadtour.com.
“The last two years of the SBIR road tour have been a huge success and we’ve engaged thousands of small innovative firms across the nation, so we are excited to bring back the tour for a third year,” said John Williams, SBA director of innovation and technology. “We are dedicated to supporting America’s entrepreneurs wherever they are. This tour reflects our commitment to ensuring that these innovators are aware of the resources that can help them turn a big idea into another great American success story.”
This year’s SBIR road tour, “Seeding America’s Future Innovations,” is a national outreach effort targeting advanced technology communities. The SBIR program, which awards more than $2.5 billion in federal research and development grants to American small businesses every year, is sending program managers from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and several other agencies to meet directly with Idaho entrepreneurs and small business owners.
“We are delighted to host the SBIR road tour again,” said Katie Sewell, state director of the Idaho Small Business Development Center, which last hosted the road tour in 2015. “This is an excellent opportunity for small technology businesses across Idaho to sit across the table from decision makers from federal agencies and discuss their new products and innovations.”
Small technology firms, innovators, scientists or researchers seeking more information on the SBIR road tour, including a schedule of states for the road tour and participating agencies, should visit: www.sbirroadtour.com.
For more information about SBIR/STTR programs, please visit www.sbir.gov.