• Watch SSTI's Webinar on EDA Regional Innovation Grants

    SSTI recently hosted two webinars with EDA to discuss the new Regional Innovation Grant program. Watch the webinar online or download the slides to learn more about the program, as well as the application and selection process.
  • Oklahoma City Selected to Host SSTI 2015 Annual Conference

    SSTI is proud to announce that Oklahoma City has been selected to host the 2015 Annual Conference, October 26-28, 2015, at the Cox Convention Center.
  • 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.
  • $15M Solicitation for Regional Innovation Released

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has released a $15M solicitation (EDA-HDQ-OIE-2014-2004219) for Regional Innovation Grants via the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program.

SEC Small Business Forum to Tackle Accredited Investor Definition, SEC Strategic Plan 2014-18 Released

October 30, 2014

On November 20, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) will hold its annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation in Washington, D.C. The forum will include a morning panel session and four afternoon breakout groups. During the morning panel, the SEC panel will kick off the event by tackling several topics including the hot-button issue of defining accredited investor. In the afternoon, attendees can register to attend one of four topic-specific breakout groups:

MI Gov Snyder Signs Law to Create Secondary Markets for Crowdfunded Securities

October 30, 2014

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a new law (HB 5273) that will allow for the creation of secondary markets through which intrastate crowdfunded securities can be listed, sold and resold. Under the new securities exemption, broker-dealers interested in establishing an exchange (online or in person) must apply and be registered with the state as well as follow rules of operation laid out in the legislation.

Manufacturing Committee Pushes for Increased Coordination, Investment

October 30, 2014

The federal government should invest in strategic technologies and multi-agency initiatives to iincrease U.S. advanced manufacturing capabilities, according to a new report from the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology. The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee “2.0” is a cross-sector, national effort to secure US leadership in emerging technologies that create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance the nation’s competitiveness.

Ballot Preview: Voters to Decide on Taxes, GMOs, Higher Ed

October 30, 2014

On November 4, 42 states will vote on 146 ballot issues across a wide array of issues. In addition to initiatives on gun control, bear baiting, and the minimum wage, several initiatives relevant to the TBED community are also up for decision. SSTI has gathered information on many of these and will discuss their results after next week’s elections.

Applications for EDA Regional Innovation Solicitation Due Next Week

October 30, 2014

November 3, 2014, is the last day to submit an application for FY14 grants through the Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies program.  The current solicitation includes three different types of awards: i6 Challenge grants, Science and Research Park Development Grants; and, Cluster Grants to support the development of seed capital funds.

NREL, Wells Fargo Launch $10M Cleantech Innovation Incubator, $2.3M Tech Accelerator

October 30, 2014

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will administer two new initiatives to bring clean energy technologies to market. Lab-Corps, a $2.3 million pilot program, will build on the National Science Foundation’s iCorps model to accelerate the development of cleantech discoveries and train lab researchers.