MTIP and the University of Montana Office Of Technology Transfer will host a meeting of the State and Technology Innovation Partnership Committee (STPC) in Missoula. STPC is an informal mentoring network of committed local, state, university, and federally elected leaders charged with supporting the technology-based sector of the state's economy. MTIP convenes the STPC participants three times a year. Member include representatives from the state’s Congressional offices; the Governor's office; the technology-transfer offices at the state’s two universities; the Montana Department of Commerce Director; the state SBDC program; the Department of Defense TechLink program; the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center; the Montana Board of Research and commercialization Technology; and occasional guest participants of interest.
MEDA Meeting - Early October
MTIP staff travels to Sidney, MT for the Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Fall Conference on October 2-4. The Montana Economic Developers Association sponsors educational seminars, workshops and conferences to advance the economic development profession. MEDA is a coordinator for the statewide economic development workshops that provide intense training for economic developers interested in obtaining certification. We conduct research to stimulate the interchange of ideas and experiences between individuals with mutual goals and interests. The association also develops network and communications systems to disseminate information and acts as a clearinghouse and contact point within Montana for other state, regional, national and international economic development organizations and agencies.
MTIP’s outreach efforts often includes meeting new economic development service providers and educating them on the SBIR/STTR opportunity and the specialized funding needs of technology based enterprises. MTIP attends key events that attract service providers around the state such as the MEDA semi-annual meetings.
National Institutes of Health 15th Annual Conference
October 28th-30th, MTIP Program Manager, Christie Bell, will attend the small business research funding conference hosted by the University of South Dakota Research Park, Inc. The conference theme is, "How to be Competitive in a World of Change: Opportunities Through SBIR/STTR." Close to 500 are expected to attend this National Institutes of Health 15th annual conference to be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The meeting focuses on assisting small businesses throughout the region participate in the national SBIR program with an objective toward commercializing health-related research. Early bird registration end September 30th for this event.
Conference website - www.usdresearchpark.com
This fall, MTIP is proud to participate in the 6th Jobs Summit on September 16 and 17 in Butte, MT. MTIP will be stationed at its technical assistance booth and will be on-hand to provide help with intellectual property concerns, SBIR/STTR, early stage seed capital, and technology commercialization planning. The jobs summit will feature all-star keynote speakers including some of the most innovative business leaders of our time along with ambassadors from some of the world’s most dynamic economies. The summit will also feature more than 40 breakout panel sessions tailored to every aspect of business from writing a business plan to getting your business online, learning how to export and the best ways to access capital. Register at: http://montanajobssummit.com/register or find more information at http://montanajobssummit.com/2013/baucus-announces-registration-now-open-for-6th-jobs-summit.
MTIP will be on site at the Native American Development Corporation's 5th Annual Economic Development and Procurement Conference. The theme this year is "Investing in Our Communities." The event, held at the Northern Hotel in Billings, features marketing, government contracting, community planning, and much more. MTIP will provide free technical assistance on the SBIR/STTR research funding opportunities as well as intellectual property information for all business concerns.
The MTIP office relocated to Bozeman, MT and is now sharing space within the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center facility on the Montana State University Campus. The new location address is: 2310 University Way, Building 2, Suite 1, Bozeman, MT 59715. The new phone number is: (406) 994-3885.
MTIP launches the last webinar in a series of six in the SBDC Tech ED Curriculum. The sixth webinar, titled Commercialization, taught by MTIP counselor, Marti Elder, answers the following questions: What are the two basic types of business models a tech-based company can pursue? What do these models require to be successful? What is the 'Valley of Death'? What is the difference between commercialization planning and business planning? This series is funded by a grant from MSU under their EPSCoR funding. MTIP was commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center to produce this curriculum.
MTIP staff will be exhibiting at the 2013 Women to Women Conference, entitled 'Empowering Women to move Forward in Business and Life'. The conference is hosted by Prospera Business Network and takes place in Bozeman, MT.
The State Technology Partnership Committee (STPC), organized by MTIP, will meet in Bozeman on May 22. The STPC is a collaboration of government, university, and private sector representatives who's Members promote and nurture technology-based business opportunities in Montana.
MTIP and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) serving Wolf Point-area businesses will be hosting an informative social event by invitation only, hosted by SBDC Director Lorene Hintz. Floating Island International will be speaking at the event. The presentation will be followed by networking time, allowing participants to meet other companies in their area. MTIP was commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center to coordinate this event as part of the Tech ED curriculum funded by MSU EPSCoR.
MTIP and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) serving Havre-area businesses will be hosting an informative social event by invitation only, hosted by SBDC Director Joe LaPlante. Floating Island International will be speaking at the event. The presentation will be followed by networking time, allowing participants to meet other companies in their area. MTIP was commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center to coordinate this event as part of the Tech ED curriculum funded by MSU EPSCoR.
MTIP staff will be attending the MEDA 2013 Spring Conference in Hamilton, MT. This conference will be "Celebrating 20 Years of Partnership and Progress," and will feature a pre-conference professional development course on "Managing Organizations for Efficiencies and Sustainability" by Dr. David Kolzow, as well as tours of Hamilton-area businesses.
MTIP launches the fourth webinar in a series of six in the SBDC Tech ED Curriculum. The fourth webinar, titled Intellectual Property, taught by MTIP counselor, Marti Elder, answers the following questions: What are the primary forms of intellectual property protection? Patents do not provide the rights of ownership; what do they provide rights to? Why is 'public disclosure' important? What can you do to help a client protect their intellectual property assets? This series is funded by a grant from MSU under their EPSCoR funding. MTIP was commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center to produce this curriculum.
The Small Business Development Network's (SBDC) Invest in Success event is an annual favorite for many small businesses across the state. This action-packed conference hosts dynamic speakers on timely topics. This year's keynote is Michael Shuman, Director of Research at Cutting Edge Capital and Director of Economic Development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). Michael is a current Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute and holds an AB with Distinction in Economics and International Relations from Stanford University and a JD from Stanford Law School. He has authored and edited seven books, including The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition, Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age, and most recently Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.
MTIP staff will attend the event and teach a workshop entitled, "Increase Your Completive Edge."
MTIP launches the third webinar in a series of six in the SBDC Tech ED Curriculum. The third webinar, titled Financing the Tech-Based Enterprise, answers the following questions: What are the key factors MTIP uses to determine appropriate financing for the client? What qualifications must the applicant company fill to be eligible for SBIR/STTR? What can SBIR/STTR award funds be used for? What can they not be used for? Who retains the rights of the developed technology of an SBIR/STTR project? This series is funded by a grant from MSU under their EPSCoR funding. MTIP was commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center to produce this curriculum.
MTIP launches the second webinar in a series of six in the SBDC Tech ED Curriculum. The second webinar, titled Specialized Services for Technology Clients, answers the following questions: What is meant by Commercialization IQ? How does a technology client secure the right to own and profit from their innovation? What is the difference between product development and research development? This series is funded by a grant from MSU under their EPSCoR funding. MTIP was commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center to produce this curriculum.
February 2013 begins another year of the SBDC Tech ED Curriculum Series! Now in the second year running, MTIP, commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center and with funding from MSU under an EPSCoR grant, will be launching the first webinar in a series of six. This first webinar, Overview of Technology-Based Economic Development (TBED), provides an introduction to economic development service providers on what TBED is and why it's important in our economy. Send MTIP an email to find out more about this curriculum.
MTIP staff participated in the Missoula Chamber's 'Small Business Resource Fair'; crowds of local businesses participated, and MTIP provided on-site technical assistance in Intellectual Property (such as copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents), and met with other technology-based companies seeking SBIR funding.
MTIP participates with the Business Resources Division of the Montana Department of Commerce during Rotunda Day at the Capital. All programs of the Business Resources Division were featured on the Division display, including program flyers and contact information.