Organization Host

Nebraska Business Development Center in partnership with Nebraska Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Contact Information

Josh Nichol-Caddy
Director, Technology and Innovation Program
(402) 554-4092


Organization Host

Missouri Small Business Development Centers

Contact Information

Greg Tucker
SBDC State Director
(573) 882-8570


Organization Host

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in partnership with University of Illinois Research Park, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Technology Entrepreneur Center, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, CUSBDC, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, Illinois University Incubator Network

Contact Information

Laura Frerichs
Executive Director, Research Park


Organization Host

The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC)

Contact Information

Karl LaPan
President and CEO
(260) 438-2328

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Introduction, U.S. Small Business Administration

John Williams, Director of Innovation and Technology for the Office of Investment and Innovation (OII) within SBA

Brittany Sickler, Senior Innovation Policy Advisor, OII, SBA

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Getting Started with SBIR/STTR

Moderator: Jennifer Shieh, Chief Scientist and Senior Technology Policy Advisor, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Anna Brady-Estevez, SBIR/SBIR Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)

Edward Metz, ED/IES SBIR Program Manager, U.S. Department of Education (DoED)

Jennifer Thabet, Program Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes

Moderator: Elden Hawkes, Partnership and Innovation Specialist – SBIR/STTR, OII (SBA)

Rachael Sack, Division Chief, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Henry Ahn, SBIR/STTR Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)

Christopher O’Gwin, Outreach and Assistance Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Success in Phase I - Moving to Phase II and Beyond

Moderator: Erick Page-Littleford, Senior Technology Policy Advisor, OII (SBA)

Robert Vinson, Program Manager, SBIR, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Gynelle Steele, Deputy Program Executive for SBIR and STTR Programs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Richard McNamara, SBIR/STTR Transition Coordinator, U.S. Department of the Navy

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Presenter: Damian Porcari, Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)

Presenter: Sabra Tomb, Attorney-Advisor, Air Force Research Laboratory

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