WisBusiness: Wisconsin bags SBIR conference

By Brian E. Clark

Wisconsin has landed the fall national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) conference, which industry and academic officials say is another recognition of the state’s thriving high-tech community. It will be held Nov. 6-9 at Milwaukee’s Hilton City Center.

Wisconsin Commerce Secretary Mary Burke said participants at the conference can learn how to tap into $2 billion in annual federal funding
to grow their businesses. She called the SBIR the “foremost federal program for assisting small business research and development.”

Charles Hoslet, managing director of the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations (OCR), said he and others in the state are “thrilled” that this conference is coming to Wisconsin. His said his office, University Research Park and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation will sponsor the welcome reception for the conference.

“That program has been a valuable source of funding for many early stage Wisconsin companies,” he said. “Many UW startup and spinoffs have taken advantage of SBIR funding to help them grow.”