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KNOXVILLE –- Entrepreneurs who want to win federal grant money for business projects should plan to attend one of three proposal writing workshops across Tennessee set for Feb. 6-8.

The two Phase I workshops are for people who want to write an initial proposal for a new product or technology. A Phase II workshop is for people who have had their initial proposal accepted and are developing products.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Overview and Proposal Preparation workshop — geared toward individuals with small, technology-based businesses — will provide detailed instructions for writing and submitting successful grant proposals. The full-day class explains government agency requirements and emphasizes proposal strategies and writing methods. The Phase I workshop will be offered on Feb. 7 at UT Chattanooga’s SimCenter, 701 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., and on Feb. 8 in Memphis at the Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive, on the University of Memphis campus.

The Phase II workshop — for people who have successfully completed a Phase I proposal — will show entrepreneurs how to request up to $1 million in funding to develop their products and get them ready to market. A full-day Phase II workshop will be held on Feb. 6 at the UT Outreach Center on 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge.

The Tennessee SBIR Proposal Assistance Center aims to help Tennesseans improve their proposals and increase the amount of federal grants awarded to Tennessee’s small businesses.

UT Center for Industrial Services is providing these programs in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory; NNSA/Y-12 National Security Complex; Technology 2020; East Tennessee Economic Council; the Knoxville Oak Ridge Innovation Valley; Integrated Manufacturing Technology Initiative; and the UT Research Foundation.

The cost of each workshop is $150, and classes are limited to 25 participants. For registration information, contact Kim Arms, (865) 974-9610. Online registration is available at


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