BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting Wins 2020 Tibbetts Award

Michigan-based company recognized for the economic and social impact resulting from promoting innovation and helping entrepreneurs through SBIR/STTR funding.

CHELSEA, Mich. –– BBCetc announced today that it is one of the recipients of the Tibbetts Awards given by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). BBCetc is a women-owned business created in 1990 to help entrepreneurs secure and manage non-dilutive funding from government agencies and create a successful, sustainable company to deliver innovations to market. 

The prestigious Tibbetts Award 2020 honors outstanding small businesses and individuals who participate in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The award is named after Roland Tibbetts, founder of the SBIR program, and is given to selected organizations and individuals from across the United States.

BBCetc has been assisting small businesses for the past 30+ years with high-value information, expert training (including well-regarded virtual training), and experienced guidance to successfully navigate the process so they can reach their potential.

“We are honored to be among the impressive entrepreneurial support organizations recognized this year by the Tibbetts award committee,” said Kris Bergman, managing partner and co-owner. “We all have one thing in common: a real passion for the SBIR program and its contribution to small companies with life-changing innovations.”

BBCetc employs a group of highly skilled, expert consultants with a combined expertise that includes all 11 SBIR funding agencies. In fact, four BBCetc consultants have previously held C-level positions with successful SBIR/STTR awardees that won more than 200 SBIR/STTR awards during their tenure.

BBCetc works with small business development centers, companies, economic development programs and universities in 42 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The company has been designated an all-agency SBIR/STTR support organization for the state of Michigan since 2002, and Michigan companies directly assisted by BBCetc have been awarded $300+ million in SBIR/STTR funding.

“While we definitely help companies win SBIR/STTR funding, we consider our individualized approach to develop a strong proposal and commercialization plan to be as important as the funding outcome itself,” said Becky Aistrup, the other co-owner and managing partner.