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Friday March 18, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM PDT
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PortTech LA 
302 W. 5th Street, Suite 200
San Pedro, CA 90731

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Libby Williams 
Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) Led by the Price School - USC Center for Economic Development 

AMP SoCal Innovation Forum - SBIR Phase I Proposal Workshop 

Each year the federal government awards research grants to companies just like yours to conduct research and develop innovations for the government.  You can then convert the funded research project into new commercial products and technologies without giving up any equity or having to pay interest on a business loan. If you are not using this federal program---then your competitors are.  Learn how to write successful proposals to any of the 11 government agencies that run these Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  Once funded you have six months to conduct a Phase I feasibility study at funding levels up to $150,000.  You can then move into Phase II prototyping and testing for two years at levels up to $1 million.  Learn how to compete in this program by joining us with the experienced Dr. Marie Talnack, an SBIR/STTR program expert with over 30 years experience.  You will learn the basics of the program, how the program makes sense for your company and how to write a competitive proposal to get funded. (For additional information on the SBIR/STTR programs visit:  

The workshop is led by Dr. Marie Talnack whose career in Technology Transfer and Business Development has spanned over 25 years since the SBIR and STTR programs were first established. She has worked in technology transfer and commercialization at four research universities and two national research laboratories as well as her own consulting firm established in 1991. She has worked with over 300 companies with new technologies and written well over 500 technical proposals and grants which have been leveraged into $60 million in private capital funding. Her workshops on grant writing have been held across California through the Small Business Administration’s SBDC program, Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the National Small Business Innovation Research Conferences. She is a winner of the SBA and National Science Foundation’s Tibbets SBIR Advocate of the Year award. She holds a Doctorate in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Southern California, MBA in Finance and Marketing, and Masters in International Management. 

About AMP SoCal

The goal of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) is to strengthen the industrial ecosystem for Southern California aerospace and defense manufacturers and their supply chain through provision of the tools, talent, and capacity to master the future.  We are committed to make our companies the most productive and efficient in the world, so that they can compete and win in the global marketplace.

AMP SoCal is bringing together a wide range of SoCal organizations to form new broad-based collaborative partnerships with the capacity to focus on and solve the complex issues facing the aerospace & defense industry.  With the combined knowledge of the AMP SoCal partners, innovative ideas, and political support we will transform our industrial ecosystem beginning with aerospace and defense.  

Locally we will develop coordinated efforts to serve businesses across the 10-county Southern California region in dialogue with industry partners to make the region uniquely competitive and lead the way for the nation.  

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