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NM FAST program to host small business workshop in Clovis

The New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership Program, housed at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, will host a workshop on how small businesses in New Mexico can fund their innovative ideas through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

The workshop will be from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Boulevard, Room 100. Tickets are free and are available at http://bit.ly/2lmy9wD.

The workshop will also be live-streamed for those unable to make it in person. To register for the live webinar, visit http://bit.ly/2neiLCS.

The workshop will explain how the SBIR and STTR programs can help fund innovative ideas in New Mexico. The workshop will cover the basics of the federal government’s seed fund – the SBIR/STTR programs; an overview of the NM FAST program and how it can assist small businesses with proposal submission; critical steps towards preparing a winning proposal; and a question and answer session.

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 will provide select clients up to two 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.