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ASU Small Business Development Center Offers Two Online Training Opportunities

- The first course offers technical training to improve digital presence and the second centers on innovative and small technology transfer innovation research.

By: Kenneth Mullinax/ASU

In an ongoing effort to respond to the needs of the River Region's small business owners, Alabama State University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering two separate courses that includes a six-week course on digital marketing using Go-Daddy and a single-day course involving innovative research (SBIR) and small technology transfer innovation research (STTR) programs.

Andrea Rogers Mosley, director of ASU's SBDC, explained that both events are aimed at helping to support the River Region's small business owners.

"The sole purpose of ASU's Small Business Development Center is to look at a variety of ways to help further educate and bring to the attention of small business entrepreneurs in Central Alabama, areas to streamline and enhance their efforts in being successful in their efforts," Mosley said. "These two upcoming training events directly fit into our goals and objectives and practice what President Ross terms 'CommUniversity' which is ASU doing all it can to help better the community in which we are located."


 Mosley explained that the first course is a six-week technical assistance program that utilizes Go-Daddy and will help equip small business entrepreneurs with the training, tools, and a network of similar businesses, which will help them establish and improve an effective digital presence.

"The only requirement for businesses to participate in this program is that they are Alabama-headquartered businesses that are already established or well within the launch phase of doing business," Mosley stated.

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This single-day course, titled "How the SBIR & STTR Programs Can Benefit Small Innovative Companies," will be held on Jan. 18, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Mosley stated that this event - The Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Technology Transfer Innovation Research (STTR) program - may be beneficial in providing early-stage research and development funding information and opportunities to small innovative companies across a wide range of industries and technology areas. 

She said that people should attend this event if they fall within at least one of the following areas:

·You need money to test, develop and commercialize your idea.

·You've held off on research and development due to a lack of capital.

·Venture Capital markets want too much of your potential success.

·You’re a U.S.- based firm with fewer than 500 employees.

  • You’re an entrepreneur with an idea that has commercial prospects.
  • You are a university faculty, graduate student, and post-doctoral researcher interested in collaboration with a small business on a research project. 

"This course will provide an overview of the programs, the phases, pitfalls, and best practices for proposals, post-award considerations, and commercialization review," Mosley stated.

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Mosley stated that through increased education and exposure to ideas, and networking with others, ASU's SBDC'S courses have demonstrated that they may only improve a small business's chances of success.

"These events help small business people with improved output and with success," Mosley said. 

Media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.