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Ben Franklin to Host Workshop on Federal Funding for Innovation on October 5

Every year, the U.S. government offers more than $2.5 Billion in small business funding for technology and science innovations through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) will host a workshop for early-stage firms to help them identify which opportunities are best suited to them and how they can access the federal grant funding.

“SBIR/STTR: Basics and Proposal Preparation” will be presented by Jim Greenwood at Ben Franklin TechVentures® on Lehigh University’s campus in Bethlehem, PA on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Interested companies can also register for individual consultations with presenter Jim Greenwood to be held the day after the workshop, on October 6, also at TechVentures.

Jim Greenwood is a well-regarded and experienced SBIR trainer and consultant. With more than 30 years in proposal support, he clearly explains the SBIR/STTR programs and provides a comprehensive, four-step process on how to write a proposal, complete with examples of winning proposals. Workshop participants will also learn about the Innovation Partnership (IPart), Pennsylvania’s premiere SBIR/STTR assistance program and how it can help clients be more successful in earning grants. IPart is supported by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners statewide network.

Registration for the workshop is $15 per person for Pennsylvania companies and $45 per person for companies outside of the Commonwealth. Register on-line at by Friday, September 30, 2016. For additional information or to schedule an individual consultation with Jim Greenwood on October 6, contact Kelly S. Wylam, Director, Innovation Partnership at or 717.948.4318.

This project is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED). SBA’s funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services.  All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.