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Free technology funding workshop will be held in Lewiston on Oct. 19

LEWISTON, Idaho – The Idaho Small Business Development Center is teaming up with the Idaho National Laboratory and the Idaho Department of Commerce to hold a small business technology funding workshop on Oct. 19 at 2-5 p.m. at the Lewiston City Library, located at 411 D Street.

There are six SBDC centers in Idaho and Region II’s is located at Lewis-Clark State College.

This is one of six workshops that will be held around the state. The workshop is free and open to the public, but anyone attending is asked to pre-register at idahosbdc.org/roadtour.

Attendees can learn how to access $2.5 billion in grants through the SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These programs, funded through the Small Business Administration, encourage domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth research and development with potential for commercialization in the market.

There will be information on the nearly $1 million in commercialization grants available annually to Idaho companies through the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) program. Through IGEM, the Idaho Department of Commerce funds commercialization research where business experts collaborate with university researchers to bring viable technologies to market. The workshop also will include information about collaborating with Idaho National Laboratory to discover innovative nuclear and clean energy solutions and critical infrastructure.

Attendees will learn how to connect with the Department of Energy's SBIR program to advance research and development.

The informative session will include speakers and one-on-one coaching with business experts and coaches, including Dave McEwen with the SBDC, Carmen Achabal with the Idaho Department of Commerce, and Connie Gardner with the Idaho Department of Labor.

The Idaho SBDC is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, host institutions of higher education, and the State of Idaho.

For more information on the workshop contact Barbara Leachman, director of the Region II SBDC, at baleachman@lcsc.edu or at 208-792-2465.