Capitalizing on Innovation

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SBA Connecticut District Office

Capitalize on Your Innovative Ideas

The SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awards federal dollars to small innovative companies (500 employees or fewer) to solve problems identified by 11 federal agencies.  Successful winners provide technology solutions that have significant impact and can be commercialized.  The program is competitive and awards funds in two phases. Phase I is a proof of concept award, typically up to $150,000. Phase II is usually a prototype development award, typically up to $1M. Collaborations with academic and industrial organizations are encouraged.  Connecticut State Matching Grants and Loans are available as well.
For more information about the Connecticut SBIR program go to or contact Merrie London: (860)257-2894.

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Registering for Federal Contracting, Searching for Federal & State Bids and Set-Aside Programs - New Haven

The federal government’s new System of Award Management (SAM) Program will be explained. SAM replaced Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and the Online Representations and Certifications (ORCA). Enrollment in SAM is mandatory for federal contracting.
This seminar will explore the various Federal and State set-aside programs through a discussion about the qualifications and benefits for each of these classifications or programs. The federal set-aside programs to be explored include those for veteran owned businesses; women owned businesses; HubZone Certification; and 8-A Certification. An explanation will be provided on what qualifies a company to be considered a small disadvantaged business. The seminar will detail which classifications require self certification and which require formal certification. An overview of the State of Connecticut’s Supplier Diversity Program will be presented along with an explanation of the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE).
After exploring the cited set-aside programs the seminar will demonstrate the websites for locating federal bids over $25,000 and the State’s bid portal where state and municipal bids can be found. Through specific searches in these bid portals companies will learn how to locate various bids along with solicitations restricted under socio-economic headings. The seminar will also demonstrate the databases where certified companies are found.

When:  February 15, 2013
Time:  9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Gateway Community College
20 Church Street, Room S106
New Haven, CT 06511
Cost: No Charge

Among other topics covered is how a business’s size standard is determined using the North American Industry Classification (NAICS) System. Details will be provided to show how to obtain a DUNS Number required by the SAM registration.
There will be a brief discussion about services offered by the Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program (CT PTAP) and the Small Business Administration (SBA).
The program is designed to be interactive so that all questions are welcome. Brien Robertson, Director of Procurement Technical Assistance Program will present the seminar along with Lisa Powell, Economic Development Specialist from the SBA.
To register: Call Lisa Powell at 860-240-4892 or email her at