Feb 10, 2012 – SBIR/STTR Alumni Network Meeting

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Friday, February 10, 2012
8:30 am – 10:30 am

675 US Highway One (use 681 for GPS)

Sponsored by:
-New Jersey Small Business Development Centers
-EisnerAmper LLP
-Lowenstein Sandler PC

Hosted by: NJEDA Commercialization Center, North Brunswick

The NJ Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) headquartered at the Rutgers University Business School is pleased to announce its plans to sponsor 4 quarterly meetings during 2012 to determine the interest among recent SBIR and STTR awardees in meeting together to network and address various common technology commercialization issues and challenges. The planned agenda for this initial breakfast meeting is as follows:

7:45 – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 am Introductions by attendees
9:00 – 10:00 am Moving Beyond SBIR Funding to Successful Commercialization-
Mario M. Casabona Successful Entrepreneur, Tibbetts awardee, Angel investor
10:00 – 10:30 am Moderated discussion – Current issues and topics for future meetings

This initiative is targeted to recent Phase I and Phase II awardees. NJSBDC’s goal is to support and facilitate the commercialization of SBIR and STTR developed technologies leading to job creation and economic impact. Following this initial meeting, attendees will be able to request to present their business plans and commercialization strategies and challenges to a Commercialization Mentoring Team. The team(s) will be comprised of seasoned venture development professionals including a business attorney, accountant, successful entrepreneur, investor, marketing professional and one or two others. Presenting companies will interact with team members and receive guidance and feedback on their plans and strategies, as well as suggestions for moving forward. Mentoring sessions will begin by early spring. Registration for the February 10 meeting is $15 in advance and $30 after 12:00 pm 2/9/12. For more information contact Randy Harmon, rgharmon@njsbdc.com

The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network offers this specialized training and counseling as a result of financial support from the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration through appropriations made by the US Congress to further promote job creation and retention.