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KNOXVILLE — Entrepreneurs who want to win federal grant money for new business projects are invited to proposal writing workshops to be held Aug. 21-24 in Knoxville, Memphis, Franklin and Johnson City.

The workshops are sponsored by the Tennessee Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Proposal Assistance Center, which is operated by the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services, an agency of UT’s Institute for Public Service.

Geared to individuals with small, technology-based businesses, the proposal writing classes will provide detailed instruction for writing and submitting successful grant proposals, emphasizing correct writing methods and proper responses to government agency requirements. Each workshop attendee may submit one actual proposal for instructors to review and critique free.

The workshops will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshops will be held:

– Monday, Aug. 21 -– Memphis, UT Health Sciences Student Center, Room 204
– Tuesday, Aug. 22 -– Franklin, Cool Springs Embassy Suites; cosponsored by WilliamsWorks
– Wednesday, Aug. 23 -– Knoxville, UT Conference Center
– Thursday, Aug. 24 — Johnson City, Millennium Center

The workshops will help Tennesseans prepare for upcoming SBIR/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program alerts about available federal grants. This year, 11 federal agencies are expected to award more than $2.3 billion in SBIR and STTR research grants to small businesses throughout the United States.

By hosting these workshops, the Tennessee SBIR Proposal Assistance Center aims to increase the number and quality of proposals submitted by Tennesseans and increase the amount of federal grants to small businesses.

The Tennessee SBIR Proposal Assistance Center is supported by UT; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Y-12 National Security Complex; Technology 2020; East Tennessee Economic Council; Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley; and IMTI Inc.

The writing workshops will be facilitated by Greenwood Consulting Company Inc., which has taught successful proposal writing principles in more than 40 states and at national SBIR/STTR conferences. The cost of the workshop is $100, with online registration available at


Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034,