The Small Business Administration is awarding nearly $2 million in grants to state and local economic development agencies, business development centers and colleges and universities that help small high-technology companies. The awards were made under the SBA's Federal and State Technology program, which is designed to help small high-tech businesses with research and development and growth. Twenty awards of $95,000 each will be awarded starting Oct. 1. Each award is intended to pay for the organizations' outreach and technical help for science and technology-driven companies.
Twenty awards of $95,000 each
The grants were given to:
—Arizona Commerce Authority
—Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas
—Connecticut Innovations Inc.
—University of Delaware
—Louisiana State University and A&M College
—BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting LLC (Michigan)
—The Curators of the University of Missouri
—Montana Department of Commerce
—Technology Ventures Corporation (New Mexico)
—The Research Foundation for the State University of New York
—University of North Dakota
—Ohio Aerospace Institute
—Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center
—Ben Franklin Technology Partners Corporation (Pennsylvania)
—Inter American University of Puerto Rico
—South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development
—Tennessee Technology Development Corp.
—Vermont State Colleges
—Board of Regents of University of Wisconsin System
You can learn more about the grant program at www.sbir.gov/about/about-fast-partnership-program
People who want to start a company but have little more than an idea can get some help with their next steps from online seminars during August. The seminars will be sponsored by SCORE, the organization that gives free counseling to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
"Best New Business Ideas You Can Start Now" is the topic of a seminar on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. You can register at http://tinyurl.com/nfrqyjp
"How to Really Start Your Own Business" will be the topic on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 12 p.m. Eastern time. You can register at http://tinyurl.com/lc3o79s