ANN ARBOR — The entrepreneurial assistance firm BBCetc (which used to go by Biotechnology Business Consultants until its services spread well beyond biotech) is sponsoring a variety of training classes in the weeks ahead in writing winning federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grant proposals.

The classes and events are scheduled as follows:

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* SBIR/STTR 101: Introduction and Overview, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. to noon, Oakland University OU Inc. business incubator, One Golf View Lane, Rochester Hills. Optional 15-minute one-on-one consultation meetings continue from 1 to 3 p.m. The program costs $50 for companies based in Michigan or $100 for companies based elsewhere.

* SBIR and STTR proposal preparations to the National Institutes of Health: Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center, 46701 Commerce Center Drive, Plymouth. Cost is $125 for companies based in Michigan, $250 for companies based elsewhere.

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* An overview of SBIR and STTR funding through the Department of Defense: Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Michigan Manufacturers Association, 620 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing. The cost is $50 for companies based in Michigan and $100 for companies based elsewhere.

* TARDEC Dual Use Technology briefing, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Are you a small, high-tech company with big ideas? The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce Procurement Technical Assistance Center in partnership with MI-SBTDC and the Saginaw Future PTAC invite you to a free training seminar that will teach you how to get your high-tech products and ideas on the US military’s radar.  Registration is required. Contact Chelsea Schutz at (810) 600-1437 or
* NextEnergy launches MATch: There are multiple sources of federal funding for advanced energy research, development, and demonstration programs. However, businesses often have difficulty finding required matching funds, lack support in developing applications, and need commercialization services after the funding is secured. To help address those needs, NextEnergy has launched MATch (Michigan Accelerating Technologies) Energy Grant. It is funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and provides matching funds to eligible Michigan businesses and universities applying for advanced energy-related federal funding. Learn more about the program and apply at

BBCetc is a nationally recognized, results-driven entrepreneurial consulting group specializing in helping emerging companies to win SBIR/STTR funding and use it strategically to propel growth. BBC-assisted proposals have a success rate two to three times the national average across several federal agencies. Its Michigan clients have been awarded over $100 million in funding since 2002.    

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