The SBTDC's State of Small Business Blog

  • SBIR/STTR Tips: Common Proposal Pitfalls Nov 28, 2023SBIR and STTR proposals are truly unique documents. They must meld together strong technical / scientific content with a robust understanding of the potential market and value creation possibilities. Often it takes more than one attempt at submitting a proposal before it gets funded. Over years of reviewing proposals, working with clients and communicating with ...Read more »
  • Equity Capital Insights: SBTDC Expands Equity Funding Services Nov 28, 2023Welcome to “Equity Capital Insights”. 2023 was a big year for me which included a cross-country move from California to North Carolina and a new role as Small Business Equity Funding Specialist at the NC SBTDC. My name is Kevin Nicusanti and I am thrilled to join North Carolina’s innovation funding ecosystem. While NC is new ...Read more »
  • SBTDC Technology Commercialization Team Nov 28, 2023 We are pleased to introduce North Carolina’s small business innovation ecosystem to the SBTDC’s Technology Commercialization Team (including some new members)! Our team provides one-on-one business counseling and strategic advice to small business owners, university researchers, and entrepreneurs seeking to advance their innovations to the marketplace. These innovations typically involve intellectual property that contributes to a ...Read more »
  • 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 »

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