ASBTDC Hopes to Connect Researchers, Businesses

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The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) has scheduled upcoming webinars in preparation for SBIR Week in the South during November 2020.

Arkansas Tech University hosts an ASBTDC regional office on its Russellville campus and a satellite location on its Ozark campus. ATU’s ASBTDC outreach serves a nine-county region in west central Arkansas.

Below are links to the upcoming webinars:

Tuesday, Sept. 15: Commercialization Essentials

Wednesday, Sept. 23: Protecting Intellectual Property in SBIR/STTR Projects

Wednesday, Oct. 7: What It Takes to Win: SBIR Awardee Panel

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs through the U.S. Small Business Administration are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development with the potential for commercialization.

Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s research and development arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated, and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

Central to the STTR program is the partnership between small businesses and non-profit research institutions. The STTR program requires participating small businesses to formally collaborate with a research institution in phase I and phase II. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.

Learn more about SBIR Week in the South at

Contact Ronda Hawkins, director of the ASBTDC regional office at ATU, at for more information about SBIR/STTR or the webinars.