SBIR Road Tour

By Debbie Gregory.

Veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners need to utilize every resource available to give them and their ventures the greatest chances for success. That is why the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association ( is on a mission to connect Veteran business owners with resources and programs that can help them to achieve success. One such program currently being presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides training programs in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR).

The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort by the SBA to share technology funding opportunities to innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, and small tech firms through SBIR and STTR programs. Together, the programs provide $2.5 billion in funding to small advanced technology firms to help facilitate new technological discoveries and the commercialization of innovations.

Many of the communities who have historically underutilized the opportunities provided through the SBIR and STTR programs have collectively invited representatives of the programs to engage the eligible individuals and firms in their area, so much so that the SBA helped to organize the SBIR Road Show.

Every SBIR Road Tour stop presents Veteran entrepreneurs an opportunity to meet directly with state and federal SBIR/STTR program managers who provide funding to a wide array of innovative ideas. The SBIR Road Tour will be hitting twenty states throughout the U.S., so chances are it will be coming to a city near you!

The tour kicks off in the Southeastern U.S., beginning on March 24thin Louisville, Kentucky. The tour will run until August 21st, with its last date scheduled for Boise, Idaho. For a complete schedule of tour dates and locations, please visit

For more information about the SBIR Road Tour, its offerings, or to register for an event, please visit today.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: SBIR Road Tour: By Debbie Gregory


Since 1998, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded the Tibbetts Award to small businesses and individuals who have exemplify the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. And since 2011, the SBA has inducted previous awardees who have exhibited long-term success in research, innovation and commercialization within the SBIR program into the SBIR Hall of Fame.

The Tibbetts Award is named for Roland Tibbetts, founder of the SBIR program. There are two types of Tibbetts Awards; one is presented to businesses who have participated in the SBIR or SSTTR programs, and the other award is presented to individuals who have not received assistance from, but who have supported, SBIR and STTR programs. The awards are presented to companies and individuals who promote the mission and goals of the SBIR and STTR programs.

Tibbetts Award winners are chosen based on the economic impact of their technological innovation, and on whether they have met federal research and development needs, encouraged diverse participation in technological innovation, and increased the commercialization of federal research. Former SBIR Hall of Fame winners include Qualcomm, IRobot and Symantec.

All award winners are selected by the SBA, based on the recommendations of a panel of judges. All winners will be invited to the awards program in June at the annual SBIR National Conference at the National Harbor.

The SBA offers the SBIR and the STTR programs for small businesses that are looking to showcase their technological inventions in the commercial marketplace. The SBIR program is a three-phase award program that encourages small businesses to explore their technological potential and helps them profit from their inventions.

The SBA is currently asking for Nominations for 2014 Tibbetts Awards and SBIR Hall of Fame winners.  Information about applications, including how to apply online, can be found at

The deadline to nominate is 11:59 pm EDT on Friday May 2, 2014.