Look for the Silver Linings When the Going Gets Tough

  DoD SBIR Seminar - 12/13 in Greensboro

  Department of Energy Topics Released Letter of Intent Due 12/17

  Connecting Asheville to SBIR/STTR's

  Lessons Learned: Bringing the Secrets of Silicon Valley to North Carolina

  New Inventions and Ideas: Available Protection


silverliningsLook for the Silver Linings When the Going Gets Tough


When the going gets tough, the tough get going. That's how the saying goes at least. The bottom line is that it's tough to get going when the going gets tough. That's true in both our professional and personal lives. 2018 proved to be one of the toughest years for me personally. In February, my family experienced the loss of my mother. In April, our beloved Bassett Hound passed away. In May, our house was hit by lightning and was a complete loss. In September my wife was treated for a brain tumor.

A bad string of event can lead to a feeling of hopelessness, perhaps at times, but more importantly, a search for the silver lining most ensue to help us get back on track. Silver linings in 2018 for my family include a new, uncluttered home, a reminder of how fragile life is and to enjoy the good times and take the bad in stride.

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dodDoD SBIR Seminar - 12/13 in Greensboro

We have one more SBIR/STTR session on tap this year.

On the morning of 12/13 we will have an in-depth discussion about the DoD SBIR/STTR programs. The latest DoD solicitations will have just been released before the event, so it is perfect timing for businesses to get prepped to submit a proposal in January. We will have program managers, awardees and more.

Complete agenda is below. There is no cost to attend this session, but pre-registration is required.

The SBTDC's Technology Commercialization Team is pleased to partner with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center who will be presenting information about their funding programs.   While there is no charge to attend, separate registration is required:  

Event Agenda

9:00-9:30am SBTDC & SBIR Introduction
Chris Veal and John Ujvari, SBTDC
9:30-9:45am Government Procurement/Contract Services Overview
Sharonetta McIntyre, NC PTAC
9:45-10:45am DoD Overview & Army STTR Topic Discussion
John Smith, Army Research Office
Nicole Fox, Army Research Office
10:45-11:10am DoD Funding Success Story
11:10 - 11:30am Partnering Opportunities with the Joint School
Dr. Daniel Herr, Professor and Nanoscience Department Chair,
the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
11:30am Networking

doeDepartment of Energy Topics Released Letter of Intent Due 12/17

The Department of Energy released its latest funding opportunity announcement for Phase 1 SBIR. The agency offers 34 topics:

The DoE REQUIRES a letter of intent (LOI) to be submitted by 12/17. If a LOI is not submitted, a phase 1 proposal cannot be submitted. Detailed information on the LOI is available at: http://www.doesbirlearning.com/module-13-13/

Letter of Intent Due Date: Monday, December 17, 2018

Application Due Date: Monday, February 04, 2019

Award Notification Date: Monday, April 29, 2019*

Start of Grant Budget Period: Monday, June 10, 2019

ncreviewConnecting Asheville to SBIR/STTR's

The SBTDC and Emily Breedlove, the executive director of the Hatch AVL Foundation in Asheville, recently collaborated to host an SBIR/STTR session that was co-sponsored by the NC Biotechnology Center, Western Carolina University, Appalachian State University, UNC Asheville and Lenoir-Rhyne University. The event was held on October 29th in Asheville and 42 registrants signed up to attend. Members of the Tech team coordinated and delivered the program content. 

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lessonslearnedLessons Learned: Bringing the Secrets of Silicon Valley to 
North Carolina

In early November, the Duke Angel Network (Duke Angels) hosted David Frazee, Managing Partner at Richmond Global Ventures and a leading expert on international entrepreneurship. David provided an entire weekend of Complete Startup Training and recourses related to equity funding and bringing the secrets of Silicon Valley to North Carolina.
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newinventionsIP and Patents - Part 1
New Inventions and Ideas:
Available Protection

So, you've created something new. It might be a work of art, a better mousetrap or something else.   Maybe it will save the world, or maybe it will just entertain people for a couple hours. But, it's original and, therefore, worth something, at least to you.

Congratulations! In many respects, our society is built on innovation.

The next thing you might want to do is contemplate whether to guard your work from someone who might want to steal it, copy it or otherwise use it and profit from it without your consent. You have intellectual property (IP) and it needs to be protected.

That means you need to take some action and make some decisions.

To know where to start, it's best that we first understand some basics about IP types and how it is protected.


The North Carolina Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) educates business associates on how to obtain contracts by providing comprehensive assistance in selling products and services to local, state and federal government agencies.
The SBTDC's International Business Development Specialists assists small and mid-sized businesses with export planning and exporting.

The Team

The Technology Commercialization Services team provides one-on-one business counseling and advice 
to: small business owners, university researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to advance their innovations to the marketplace.

Director, Technology Development 
and Commercialization 
SBIR/STTR Specialist & Newsletter Editor 
Technology Commercialization Counselor
Eastern NC
Technology Commercialization Counselor
North Central NC
Technology Commercialization Counselor
Western NC

Technology Commercialization Program

5 West Hargett St., Suite 600 Raleigh, NC 27601