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NM FAST program at NMSU Arrowhead Center hosts SBIR panel session.

The New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership Program, housed at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, will host a Small Business Innovation Research Best Practices Panel session in Albuquerque.


The panel will take place from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 27, at the Air Force Research Laboratory PTi Sunport. This event is free, and tickets are available at https://panel2016.eventbrite.com. Refreshments will be provided.

The panel, which will feature Joy Colucci, Bill Goodman and Jeff Grusy – all local leaders in the SBIR arena – will highlight tips and best practices for submitting a strong SBIR proposal. Todd Bisio, who also has several SBIR awards under his belt, will moderate.

“Thanks to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the NM FAST program has the ability to reach and directly support small business concerns across the state of New Mexico,” Bisio said. “This panel discussion format will be a great way to gain access to additional perspectives, success stories and lessons learned from experts with winning track records.”

The panel session presents an opportunity for small businesses to engage with successful SBIR winners. Goodman, founder and president of Goodman Technologies, LLC., has been awarded over thirty-seven SBIR grants, and brings a wealth of knowledge from his years in the defense industry. Colucci, President at Metis Technology Solutions, Inc., has been immersed in the New Mexico and California tech scenes for years, and has led several NASA R&D programs. After retiring from the Air Force, Grusy continued on in Albuquerque, leading technology thrust areas and business development activities for two prominent defense contractors.

“We are looking forward to talking to this distinguished and knowledgeable group of expert panelists,” Bisio said. “The SBIR/STTR program is a great opportunity to gain access to funding for technology development, but it is a highly competitive process. Learning from these experts will only strengthen our small business S&T community and we are grateful for their willingness to share their valuable time and expertise.”

NM FAST program manager Zetdi Sloan sees the panel as an opportunity for entrepreneurs.

“This flagship event provides the chance for entrepreneurs and researchers to hear lessons learned, trends, and forge new relationships that can help bring technologies and discoveries to market,” Sloan said.

The NM FAST program, which is supported by a grant from the SBA, works to improve the participation of small businesses in federal SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses. NM FAST has been gaining traction in New Mexico by offering statewide workshops, mentoring, and micro-grant awards for eligible small businesses.

“It is the goal of NM FAST to help the start-up community grow, become more diversified, and have a real and sustained economic impact in our state,” Sloan said.

The NM FAST Partnership Program provides small businesses with:

• Assistance in identifying appropriate solicitations and topic areas;
• How-to information on agency registrations and electronic proposal submission;
• Guidance on proposal preparation, including assessments of technical objectives and hypotheses and drafting supporting documents such as biographical sketches, resources and budgets;
• Specifics on the target agency’s requirements for commercialization content in Phase I/Phase II proposals; and
• Technical reviews and edits of proposals with feedback.

In addition, NM FAST provides select first-time awardees micro-grants of $650 to cover the expenses of professional services such as commercialization plan assistance, development partner identification assistance, research partner identification assistance, counsel on patents and technology licensing, and indirect cost rate advisement, for proposal development.

For more information, contact Dana Catron, program coordinator for the NM FAST program, at 505-358-4039 or dderego@ad.nmsu.edu.