In this Roundtable session, expert John Balsam, of John Balsam Associates, will help local entrepreneurs and businesspeople understand the federal Small Business Innovation Research program — and how they can benefit. The session starts at 5 p.m. with arrivals and networking; John will begin his presentation at 5:30 p.m. and facilitate a roundtable discussion from 6–7 p.m. Details to follow.
Professional background: John works with small businesses (as well as larger) from across the nation through his own firm as well as through the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership in the Montana Department of Commerce. Throughout his plus-25 years of professional experience, he has worked with clients nationwide — including technology entrepreneurs, small technology firms, universities, and state and federal agencies. He has particular expertise in both the federal SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer, or STTR, programs.