• Join us in Chicago for SSTI's 2014 Annual Conference

    SSTI’s Annual Conference will be held in Chicago, September 14-16, 2014. SSTI's conference offers the right balance of activities to achieve better connections, closer collaboration, and a stronger community. Registration is now open!
  • Access the SSTI Webinar Library

    SSTI’s monthly webinar series, Inspiring Thought, is an affordable way to stay on top of new ideas in encouraging economic growth. Miss a webinar? No problem. Past webinars are now available for purchase.
  • Download SSTI's 2013 TBED Trends Report

    In 2013, a slow yet stable national economic recovery gave rise to many new initiatives across states and regions with a shift toward targeted and refined investments in the high-tech economy for quicker returns.
  • J.B. Pritzker is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is Managing Partner of Pritzker Group, a private investment firm that comprises three professional investment teams: middle-market acquisitions, technology venture capital and asset management.

Useful Stats: An Analysis of Entrepreneurship Indices

August 20, 2014

Within the past few months, several indices have been released that attempt to rank states based on their entrepreneurial activity. From the perspective of economic development agencies, these indices are particularly helpful in assessing where each state stands according to the numerous ways to measure entrepreneurship. These indices, however, should be taken with a grain of salt; issues can arise when too much importance is placed on these lists for the sake of competition or the need for press.

FFC Announces Funding for Rural Broadband Experiments, NTIA Releases Reports on Impact of Broadband Grants

August 14, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission announced a round of funding for rural broadband experiments in price cap areas that will deploy new, robust broadband to consumers. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration released a series of reports on its broadband grant programs.

College Towns and TBED

August 14, 2014

As summer internships come to a close, dorm room furniture begins to go on sale, and the smell of football season permeates the air, one thing is for certain – a new college school year is fast approaching. Over 22 million students are expected to attend American colleges and universities this fall, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which is sure to shake up many college towns throughout the country where summers fare on the quiet side.

Angel Group Investments, Valuations Climb in Q1 of 2014, Halo Report Shows

August 14, 2014

The Angel Resource Institute (ARI), Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and CB Insights released the Halo Report for the first quarter (Q1) of 2014. The national survey of angel group investment activity reported encouraging results as both investments and valuations climbed in Q1— median round sizes increased to $980K per deal up from 2013 averages, and pre-money valuations rose to $2.7 million from $2.5 million in Q4 of 2013. The climb was driven mostly by investments in Internet-related companies that jumped significantly.

Wondering Why You Should Come to the SSTI Annual Conference?

August 14, 2014

Budgets are tight, travel dollars are even tighter. So, why should you attend SSTI’s Annual Conference, Regional Prosperity Through Innovation, occurring September 14-16 in Chicago? In short, because it will help answer the questions and issues you’re struggling with. If you’re concerned about the future of your organization, we’ve got you covered with sessions focused on sustaining your organization, diversifying your revenue stream, competing for federal funding and what’s ahead from the federal government.

Nominations are open for Manufacturing Institute’s 2015 STEP Awards Program

August 13, 2014

The Manufacturing Institute announced that it is accepting applications for the 2015 STEP Awards program, a national awards program to honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in manufacturing. Part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead initiative, STEP Awards aim to recognize women at all levels of manufacturing. These awards illustrate the widespread impact women have on shaping the industry, whether they are running the company, designing the next big product, or testing innovations on the shop floor.