Tags: Entrepreneur, federal funding, grants, innovation, SBIR, STTR, technology
Blogging is not easy. It has been a while since the last entry on our BBC Blog. The reason is primarily two-fold: (1) It is harder than one would think to come up with topics that you think others would want to read. (2) Work seems to always get in the way. And we’ve been very busy at BBC working with clients to help them secure much needed early stage funding in the form of SBIR and STTR grants and contracts. Which brings me to the reason why I finally made time to start blogging again.
SBIR/STTR funding is once again in jeopardy. You’ve heard this before, right? Many times, in fact. Look at what I was blogging about a year ago and it is déjà vu. This time, however, things seem to be more critical. Rick Shindell’s SBIR Insider Newsletter has done an amazing job of keeping us all informed since 2008 when the SBIR/STTR reauthorization process began. The latest issue, however, has a much more dire tone.
What is most troublesome to me is that congress is not debating whether or not the program should continue. Rather, they are debating various changes to the program and can’t agree. Most advocates in the entrepreneurial community come down strongly on one side of the debate as articulated in a recent commentary in The JournalTimes.com titled “How Not to Create Jobs – the story of S. 493”.
Regardless of which changes you support, if the entire program dies due to either lack of agreement between the house and senate, or because it is usurped by bigger issues in Washington this will be a serious blow to the technology-based small businesses and the jobs that they create.
Please take action. Contact your congressional representatives now. Otherwise you may be reading this same blog again in a few months, or even worse, there may not be an SBIR program to blog about.
Lisa M. Kurek, Managing Partner