The SBTDC's State of Small Business Blog

  • SBIR/STTR Agency Open Funding Opportunities Aug 7, 2023A plethora of SBIR/STTR funding opportunities are either open now or will be in the near future. Below are several opportunities with links to the agency funding websites.   NIH The PHS 2023-2 omnibus solicitations of the NIH, CDC, and FDA for the SBIR and STTR programs are now available. The first application due date is Tuesday, September ... Read more »
  • North Carolina’s SBIR/STTR Award Data Trends Aug 7, 2023North Carolina’s small innovation-based companies reaped the benefits of the federal SBIR/STTR programs to the tune of $158M in 2022, a gain of 178% compared to ten years earlier. In total, 114 companies secured SBIR/STTR funding through a combination of over two hundred Phase 1 and Phase 2 awards in 2022. While the number of ... Read more »
  • Bob Weston Retires After 14 Year Career with SBTDC Jul 25, 2023Throughout his tenure at the SBTDC, Bob Weston has worn many hats. He joined the organization in 2009 as a counselor on the Strategy and Organization Development (SOD) Team that was put together to help NC businesses weather the 2008 financial crisis. In 2010, he was promoted to Assistant Director of the SOD team, and ... Read more »
  • Award Winning Clients Apr 19, 2023Three SBTDC were recognized for excellence in the last month. Mojotone CEO named SBA’s NC Small Business Person of the Year SBTDC client Mojotone’s CEO was named the SBA’s 2023 NC Small Business Person of the Year. Michael McWhorter founded Mojotone in Greensboro in 2000, moved the company to Burgaw in 2005 and then moved into a ... Read more »
  • Music as a Business 101 Apr 19, 2023By Clay Howard, SBTDC Regional Center Director and accomplished musician A business based in music differs in many ways from other businesses, with the number one difference being that, in music, most likely the product you are selling is YOU – you ARE the business. While the product is different, core business concepts apply to your music ... Read more »
  • Burnout fueling turnover – and having significant impact on entrepreneurship Apr 18, 2023Source: Triangle Business Journal Burned out American workers frustrated by their 9-to-5 jobs are launching side hustles and full-blown businesses — part of a dramatic change in the business ecosystem brought about in part by the Covid-19 pandemic. That was a takeaway from Gusto Inc.’s new business owner survey for 2023, which included nearly 1,600 Americans who ... Read more »

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