How to Put Yourself In the HOT SEAT!
You sign up on-site in the conference registration area at the lobby of the MCC Building, east of the main Holiday Inn Grand MT on Oct 7 and 8 where the main activities will be held. Select an available time/topic that fits your schedule with experts in Government Contracting (PTAC), Commercialization, SBIR/SSTR (Small Business Innovative Research), Northwest Trade Adjustment assistance, Niche Marketing, & Manufacturing Issues.
Government Contracting HOT SEAT!
Getting Government Down to Business -- Is the government an appropriate market for your business. Opportunities abound if you understand the marketplace for federal, state and local government procurement needs, your readiness and dealing with the world of government e-commerce
Wondering what it takes to do business with the government? You may want to consider the following questions before you put yourself in the HOT SEAT!
How - when - where - how much?
Personnel - Capacity - Time - Money (cash flow) - supply chaining
Change the Game with more leverage from your IP (Intellectual Property)
If you already have a company and are manufacturing, you may have some confidence about your commercial path. HOWEVER … You may want to consider 15 minutes in the HOT SEAT! with Marti Elder, Inc. Perhaps you have questions about how to change the game by exploring:
- What about the commercialization of new products and lines?
- Do you just assume those will be handled the same as existing products?
- What kinds of strategic alliances have you pursued in order to boost your existing business profile?
- Have you ever explored a service component under your manufacturing model?
- Does your company have intellectual property that isn’t being used, or that isn’t contributing to a profit center?
- Does your intellectual property strategy fully take into account good practices for your trademarks, copyrights, patents, prototypes and know-how?
- Are you committed to employee training on important confidentiality issues and the ownership and handling of company intellectual property assets?
…If you aren’t regularly scrutinizing your commercial planning and intellectual property strategy, you may be missing a trick!
SBIR/STTR HOT SEAT! Assistance for funding new technology development
Bringing Ideas to Reality
You have a good idea for an innovative new technology, product, or service, but don’t know how to get financing to develop it? Forget about chasing Venture Capital (VC)! Sign up for a 15-minute HOT SEAT! session with Ray Friesenhahn, TechLink, to see how you can improve your odds of success while keeping control of your own company. The SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and/or STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs from 11 federal agencies could help you bring that idea to reality:
- Each year, up to two dozen different Montana companies win a total of about $10 million in SBIR/STTR funding. On average, only one company per year in Montana gets VC funding.
- Montana has some of the best available SBIR/STTR assistance in the country, at no cost, and some of the best university scientists experienced in working with small businesses.
- Companies getting SBIR/STTR funding range from brand new start-ups to established small businesses trying to diversify. VC funding is more likely to go to companies with proven ideas and high growth potential.
- With SBIR/STTR funding, there’s no payback or loss of equity. With VC funding, you usually lose control of the company, may be forced to move out of state, and 50% of founders are forced out in the first year.
- Odds of obtaining VC are as low as 1/1000. With SBIR/STTR, odds are typically 1/8 - double that when working with university researchers and outside assistance.
Meet with Ray and discuss your idea in technical depth and in confidentiality; determine which agencies are most appropriate and how to best approach them, and what type of collaborations might increase your chances of success. TechLink has helped client companies win over $110 million in SBIR/STTR funding from participating agencies, and also has unique in-depth ties to the Department of Defense.
NWTAAC Trade Adjustment Grants HOT SEAT!
Opportunities for Assistance for U.S. Companies Impacted by Import Competition
Wondering if your business has been impacted by import competition and resources? This HOT SEAT! with Patrick Meuleman, NWTAAC, may answer some of your questions about how Trade Adjustment that might offset that impact.
- Has your business lost sales and employees because of foreign competition in the marketplace?
you looking for financial assistance to become more competitive against foreign
If the answers are yes, and you are looking for possible assistance to overcome impacts and how you can apply, NWTAAC can help. TAA can help pay for marketing, export assistance, employee training, website redesign, lean manufacturing, quality control certification and product or facility design, or other possible projects.
Niche Marketing HOT SEAT!
Deep Dive Questions to Reveal Areas You Can Work on to Change the Game
Manufacturing Issues Hot Seat!
Explore Your Bottlenecks, Pros and Cons of Incentives, and more