Small business 'Road Tour' coming
Arrives in Sandpoint September 17

BOISE--The Idaho Small Business Development Center, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the Idaho Department of Commerce hold the annual SBIR Idaho Road Tour, with a stop in Sandpoint slated for Sept. 17 in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour will discuss state and national grant programs available to small businesses across the State of Idaho.

The SBIR Road Tour is an opportunity for technology startups, innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to learn how to access $2.5 billion in early stage non-dilutive technology funding, meet one-on-one with decision makers, and connect with local state innovation ecosystem members. Individuals can also learn about the $1 million in commercialization grants available through the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM), and collaboration opportunities with the Department of Energy through the Idaho National Laboratory.

"The SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funds are available each year to Idaho’s small technology companies," said Dave McEwen, SBIR Program Manager, Idaho Small Business Development Center. "These funds encourage domestic small businesses to take on high-growth technology research and development challenges, and launch new products. The Idaho SBIR Road Tour allows entrepreneurs and small business owners to connect with experts, ask questions, and see if they qualify for this amazing program."

The SBIR Road Tour will stop in multiple locations throughout the state:
Fort Hall – September 13
Challis – September 14
Sandpoint – September 17
Moscow – September 18
Rexburg – September 24
Ketchum – September 25
Nampa – September 26
Boise Startup Week – October 18 - 19
To learn more about the Small Business Innovation Research program or to register for the free event sponsored by the Idaho Department of Commerce’s IGEM program, visit: or contact [email protected].

About the Idaho SBDC: The Idaho Small Business Development Center has been empowering business owners and entrepreneurs to grow their businesses through no-cost, confidential consulting and affordable business training. The Idaho SBDC serves 44 counties and is part of the nation’s largest business assistance programs covering all US states and territories. The Idaho SBDC offers specialty programs in government contracting, technology commercialization, environmental regulations, exporting and cyber security.