Workshop Offers Grant Information

November 8, 2002
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Michigan Small Business Development Center and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. are offering a one-day workshop focusing on funding options for small businesses.

Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) grants will be discussed during the event, which takes place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids.

Anna Bier and Mary Sue Carey, small business consultants for the SBDC, will present several informational sessions.

“The first part of the program will be a general overview of the framework of the grants,” said Nancy Boese, Region 7 director for the MI-SBDC. “Then it will break down into which grant is right for the business and what they have to do to go about receiving it.”

Bier herself has won 30 SBIR grants and will offer her expertise on how to get financial help in product development while keeping full ownership. She also will discuss how to determine if a business is a candidate for SBIR grants, how to leverage grant dollars to grow a company, how to develop relationships with federal agencies and how to identify partnerships with universities, research institutions or corporations that can assist in research and development.

The two speakers will work with attendees on subcontracting and working with consultants, universities, labs and large corporations. They will then break it down into looking at the needs of each client and working with the individual agencies.

They also will offer insight on writing a proposal with tips and instructions geared toward the individual agencies, as well as how to tie it all together within a budget and make it all work.

The cost for the workshop is $40 and includes a continental breakfast and a light lunch. For more information on how to register call 336-7480; due to limited seating advanced registration is required. A similar workshop is being held Nov. 14 at Ann Arbor’s Washtenaw Community College.

The event is co-sponsored by GVSU and the Seidman School of Business.           

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