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Southern Maryland Entrepreneurs and Startups Offered Assistance with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Proposal Writing

For Immediate Release: March 22, 2018

Innovators, entrepreneurs and small business owners struggle to identify critical financial resources to start or launch their ventures. One solution involves a non-dilutive government funding source called the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. This funding is available at specific times of the year through 11 federal agencies ( and is based on a highly competitive proposal process, encouraging U.S. small businesses to engage in federal research and development that is primed for commercialization.

To assist individuals seeking this funding opportunity, the Energetics Technology Center (ETC), in partnership with the Rural Maryland Council (, has designed a workshop to assist and prepare grant writers with their SBIR proposals. The workshop will also introduce individuals to resources available in the community which help entrepreneurs develop and move these technologies toward
commercialization and product sales.

The program is open to all potential grant proposal writers. Guest speakers from the Department of Navy SBIR offices, the Southern Region Small Business Development Center, and an ETC Entrepreneur-in-Residence will provide information regarding grant writing best practices. The SBIR Workshop is scheduled for April 19 from 8:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will be held at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata. The program is free  of charge, but registration is required.

For additional information or to register for the SBIR Workshop, go to:

Energetics Technology Center (ETC) provides research, engineering services, and policy development capabilities to government, academia, and private industry clients, as well as technology-based incubation and commercialization services through its TechFire® program. ETC, incorporated in 2006, is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, with a charter to promote the development of science and engineering activities, has incubator facilities located in Southern Maryland and Montgomery County, MD.

Contact John Millemaci
Telephone 301-645-6637 x709