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August 2020

IRS Hearing All Voices

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This is focused on how we can better communicate and work with our multilingual/multicultural small business community. IRS leadership will be attending and leading the discussion.

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Lunch and Learn Series: Graduate Program

August 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:00pm for our next Webinar Lunch and Learn Series: Graduate Program.

Are you a lifelong learner looking to obtain a graduate degree? Join us as we highlight two Virginia Tech graduate programs offered at the Virginia Tech Newport News Center. Hear from representatives of Virginia Tech’s Educational Leadership and Professional Masters of Business Administration (PMBA) programs and get the inside scoop on the specifics of each program, the application process and timeline for course offerings.

Participants Include: Dr. Jodie Brinkmann, Dr. Carol Cash and Rebecca McGill

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Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

August 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Improve your pitch at this casual and informative workshop. Work alongside entrepreneurs as well as business and communications coaches. After all the work you put into your startup, your ultimate success often depends on the business pitch. Informal 'elevator pitches' are the way to sell your business and create relationships that secure future resources. If you want to improve your business pitch, we are here to help! You will learn: • How compact your pitch into 90 seconds or less…

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Virtual Book Club – August

August 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

There is no better time to settle in and read a book than now! Did you know reading can strengthen the brain, reduce stress, and lengthens your lifespan? Not to mention, it is really fun! We are hosting our first ever virtual book club. Delve into another world by reading our monthly book selection, then join us on the 3rd Monday of every month to discuss! How do I start? Simply register here! Where should I get my book? There…

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NSF & NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Essentials WEBINAR

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

This special four-hour+ virtual classroom will present proposal preparation tips for those considering an SBIR/STTR submissions to upcoming NIH, NSF and other granting agencies. Learn how the processes at these agencies are similar and different, in addition to up-to-date information on the SBIR/STTR programs, review how to navigate the SBIR websites to research awarded projects, how to prepare an SBIR proposal, and how to avoid common pitfalls. Our Virtual SBIR Classroom features activities for participants and time for Q&A. Get your questions ready! Ideal for anyone submitting an SBIR proposals to the September 5 NIH and September 3 NSF SBIR/STTR deadlines!
Instructors: Becky Aistrup and Jerry Hollister, BBC ETC.
COST: $25 for Virginia Firms/University, $100 all others.

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September 2020

SBIR Webinar Presentations

September 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

The September 14 Virtual Panel Presentations will be followed by four, day-long one on one sessions hosted by local organizations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Virginia-based co's will meet virtually with agencies on Friday, Sept. 18. These sessions will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 5,500 new awards annually and to meet virtually one-on-one with program decision makers.

Sept. 14 AGENDA:
9-9:15AM: Introduction
9:15-10AM: Getting Started with SBIR/STTR
Moderator: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Panelists: Program Managers from SBIR Participating Agencies
10:15-11AM: Inside the Head of an Evaluator -- Common Mistakes
Moderator: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Panelists: Program Managers from SBIR Participating Agencies
11:15-Noon: Success in Phase I -- Moving to Phase II and Beyond
Moderator: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Panelists: Program Managers from SBIR Participating Agencies
12:15-1PM: USPTO (Invited)
1:5-1:30PM: Federal Lab Consortium -- Overview and Opportunities

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Virginia One-On-Ones with participating Federal SBIR Agency Representatives

September 18 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

You'll have an opportunity to speak with up to 3 agencies virtually to discuss your project, better understand the agency, and discuss next steps! You must register for the Sept. 14 Webinar using the link below to set up your one on ones. Registrants will be contacted by SBA reps to coordinate one on one appointments with participating federal agency representatives. Virginia based registrants will be given priority to sign up for Agency one on ones on Sept. 18. Note that registrants from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia are encouraged to register through the appropriate state program links and to secure a one on ones with agency reps on special dates set aside for them (NC on 9/15, SC on 9/16, GA on 9/17). One on Ones will be from 9AM-4PM each day. For links, visit

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SBIR Commercialization Essentials for Phase I & Phase II — WEBINAR

September 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Commercialization Plans can be a key differentiator in your SBIR/STTR proposal. As a small business, it is important to know what the agencies are looking for and what you need to think about to build a good plan. This webinar includes tips on developing the components of a credible commercialization plan from demonstrating market opportunity, knowing your competition, product/technology consideration, developing a business strategy and building your team. We'll cover reviewer expectations for Phase I and Phase II proposals, different agency requirements, and much more.
This event is funded in part through a grant award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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