Event links businesses to program managers

A virtual program designed to give businesses an opportunity to meet one on one with federal and state program managers of the federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs is being held as part of SBIR Week in the South in November.

The deadline to schedule one-on-one meetings is 9 a.m. Oct. 28.

The SBIR/STTR programs provide over $3.7 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a variety of technology areas.

As part of the agenda, SBA Live panels and presentations are being held Nov. 2 and the meet the managers event on Nov 6. Information and registration for one-on-one meetings are at www.eventbrite.com/e/sbir-week-in-the-south-louisiana-tickets-122736896361.

The event is being co-hosted by the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office and Small Business Innovation Research Consortium.

Webinar tackles racial funding inequities

The Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Tulane Freeman Business School is hosting a free webinar from noon¬†to 1 p.m. Oct. 22¬†titled “Racial Inequities in Funding & Outcomes: The Data on New Orleans Startups.”

The discussion will focus on specific actions the region can take to promote racial equity in the startup and early stage small-business community.

Rob Lalka, executive director of the center, will moderate the discussion. Panelists are Trivia Frazier, president and CEO of Obatala Sciences; Kelisha Garrett, executive director of the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce; Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc.; Quentin Messer, president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance; and Otis Tucker, CEO of T.I. Contracting.

Advance online registration is required at tulane.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TgQQtbx6TbiSqna0xCCNcw.