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Grand Slam Day for America’s High-Growth Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Its Startups
Friday, August 14, 2015

Grand Slam Day for America’s High-Growth Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Its Startups

On August 4, President Barack Obama hosted the first ever White House Demo Day, and what a day it was. The content of the day is front and center of what our agency does every day.
President Obama Announces NOAA/NIST/MBDA Partnership at White House Demo Day
Friday, August 7, 2015

President Obama Announces NOAA/NIST/MBDA Partnership at White House Demo Day

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is partnering with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to launch the Minority Business Enterprise Technology Transfer Initiative, focusing on the creation of regional innovation ecosystems related to approximately 300 Federal labs at 11 agencies. This initiative will help equip aspiring and established technology entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds with the skills needed to bring innovative products and services to market.
Arctic Shield 2015:  Autonomous and Piloted Aircraft Fly Search and Rescue Exercise
Monday, August 3, 2015

Arctic Shield 2015: Autonomous and Piloted Aircraft Fly Search and Rescue Exercise

On July 14, 2015, NOAA conducted a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) north of Alaska on board the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy  This effort successfully integrated an Unmanned Aircraft Systemor UAS into a simulated response incident.  This exercise is one of many NOAA's UAS Program is conducting under Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) with US industry. 

Hollings Lab and Algaeventure Systems:  Looking for Benefits in Harmful Algal Blooms
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hollings Lab and Algaeventure Systems: Looking for Benefits in Harmful Algal Blooms

The NOAA Ocean Service Hollings Laboratory Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), with Algaeventure Systems (dba Biosortia Pharmaceuticals), which was originally signed in 2012 and recently amended in 2014, has resulted in a wide array of successful outcomes for NOAA, and for its CRADA partners.  
NOAA and Envera LLC: Exploring Probiotics for Shellfish Aquaculture
Monday, July 27, 2015

NOAA and Envera LLC: Exploring Probiotics for Shellfish Aquaculture

The Milford laboratory seeks to transfer new knowledge and technology directly to the U.S. aquaculture industry through key partnerships and collaborations.  Most recently, the lab has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Envera LLC of West Chester, PA, to evaluate a newly isolated probiotic strain for possible commercial use in oyster hatcheries.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Alaska Sea Grant Delivers Food Business Course in 9 Rural Communities

Alaska Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension delivered training and technical assistance via videoconference to 63 Alaskans interested in food-producing businesses to diversify economies in rural Alaska communities, which resulted in three new businesses.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Connecticut Sea Grant Assistance Contributes to Over 300% Growth in SE Connecticut Aquaculture Industry

Connecticut Sea Grant routinely provides services such as business planning, permitting assistance, and training to prospective shellfish farmers. In the past two years, this assistance has contributed to seven new or prospective businesses in southeastern Connecticut, tripling the size of the aquaculture industry in this sector of the state.
Monday, July 20, 2015

NOAA Sea Grant: Increasing Community Resilience in Louisiana

Louisiana Sea Grant partnerships and education efforts have improved financial awareness in three local governments and trained over 100 facilitators on the Financial Decision Tool. Louisiana Sea Grant participation in the CRS Community User Groups has increased knowledge of available information related to mitigating flood risk and reducing flood insurance premiums for the participating communities, and helped support a cohesive approach to floodplain management in Louisiana with a focus on implementing non-structural projects and programs.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Profitable and Biosecure Rock Scallop Culture Created for the West Coast

California Sea Grant has successfully spawned purple-hinge rock scallop broodstock and reared fertilized eggs through their larval cycle, resulting in the production of scallop seed ready for growout.
NOAA Big Data Project:  Cooperative Effort to Get More use from Environmental Data
Monday, July 13, 2015

NOAA Big Data Project: Cooperative Effort to Get More use from Environmental Data

On April 21st 2015, NOAA and the Department of Commerce announced that they had entered into Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM, Microsoft, and the Open Cloud Consortium. Under these agreements, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its collaborators will research and explore new ways to enable the use of NOAA data, furthering the Department of Commerce's goals of improving decision-making by government, industry, and citizens; growing the economy; and creating jobs.
High-Tech Small Businesses to Receive Tibbetts Awards for Innovative and Outstanding Contributions
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

High-Tech Small Businesses to Receive Tibbetts Awards for Innovative and Outstanding Contributions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to announce the 2015 Tibbetts Awards to 23 small businesses, six individuals, and - for the first time - three supporting organizations for their exemplary roles in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. 



Friday, May 29, 2015

NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Increases Yield of Farmed Oysters

Building off the previous year's impact, the West Coast oyster industry implemented a cross breeding program, increasing the yield of farmed Pacific oysters.


Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Joins President Obama in Announcing Expanded Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) Initiative
Monday, May 18, 2015

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Joins President Obama in Announcing Expanded Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) Initiative


Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined President Obama in celebrating emerging entrepreneurs from across the United States and around the world. During the event, the White House announced the addition of nine new members of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative, which Secretary Pritzker chairs. PAGE is a group of America’s most respected business creators who have committed to sharing their time, energy, ideas, and experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs around the world.

3 Amazing Upcoming Events from the USPTO!!!
Monday, May 18, 2015

3 Amazing Upcoming Events from the USPTO!!!

Dear Entrepreneurs, Small Technology Firms, Researchers, and Innovators, 

      Our sister agency The United States Patent & Trademark Office have 3 upcoming opportunities that might be of great interest to you all over the next few weeks. Our team figured to share with our great and inventive SBIR/STTR family across the 50 States! 

NOAA View:  Online Educational Tool
Thursday, May 14, 2015

NOAA View: Online Educational Tool

Center For Satellite Applications and Research

In November 2013, NOAA unveiled "NOAA View," an online educational tool that gives educators and the public interactive access to NOAA environmental data, enabling unique views of the world's oceans, land, atmosphere, cryosphere and climate. 
Continuous Light Absorption Photometer
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Continuous Light Absorption Photometer

Earth System Research Laboratory

NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory successfully transfers its innovative Continuous Light Absorption Photometer to Brechtel Manufacturing, Inc. of Fremont, CA.
$2500 Prize for New SBIR/STTR Logo Design
Friday, May 8, 2015

$2500 Prize for New SBIR/STTR Logo Design


The winning logo will premiere, and the winner will be recognized, the week of June 15 at the 2015 Tibbetts Awards in the White House and feature at the National SBIR/STTR Conference.  Oh yeah, there is also a $2,500 prize to the winner!

NOAA Announces Collaboration with Industry to Unleash the Power of Environmental Data
Friday, April 24, 2015

NOAA Announces Collaboration with Industry to Unleash the Power of Environmental Data

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced a big data project with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM, Microsoft Corp., and the Open Cloud Consortium to explore ways of bringing the Department closer to its goal of unleashing its vast resources of environmental data and delivering on one of the Department’s key priorities – transforming Department data capabilities and supporting a data-driven economy. Secretary Pritzker made the announcement during a keynote address at the American Meteorological Society’s Washington Forum.
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