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2009.01.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

NBDC to Host National Health Conference This Summer

Omaha - The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), a department in the College of Business Administration (CBA) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, will host the 11th annual Small Business Innovation Research national conference June 30 through July 1.

The conference, organized yearly by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be held at Qwest Center Omaha.

The NIH hosts the annual conference to create awareness of the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program. The conference also provides small businesses, researchers and entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and access to NIH staff to learn how the program is implemented and how to access funding.

The SBIR/STTR program was established by Congress in 1982 to be an economic development and innovative research program for small businesses and entrepreneurs to fund innovative research efforts with commercialization potential. The 11 government agencies with the largest research and development budgets set aside part of their funds for small businesses.

"If you or someone you know has an innovation or technology that could improve health through biomedical and behavioral research and development, and you’re looking for ways to raise capital to fund your efforts, you won't want to miss attending this event," said Lisa Tedesco, NBDC consultant.

Tedesco also adds that in the current economic environment, the program provides another source of funds for entrepreneurs looking to catalyze their ideas into strong, thriving businesses.

“Small businesses often hear about government grants to grow their businesses,” said Robert Bernier, CBA assistant dean for NBDC. “The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program is really the only such government program.”

The NBDC provides management and technical assistance to businesses in Nebraska and has an SBIR assistance program. It’s funded by grants from the Defense Logistics Agency, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the University of Nebraska President’s Office.

Visit http://sbirnebraska.unomaha.edu or call (402) 554-6270 for more information.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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