The Micro-enterprise Inventors Program of Oregon (MIPO) and the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDC) will host the SBIR/STTR 2012 National Conference: Crack the Code an event that welcomes entrepreneurs, businesses, government agencies, innovators, universities, and community partners to Portland, Oregon.

SBIR/STTR are competitive federal government grant programs that fund small businesses to develop innovative, high-risk technologies with the goal of increasing private sector commercialization into the marketplace.
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Christine Bell

Montana Department of Commerce
SBIR/STTR Advisor and Program Manager
Christine manages the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP), a Montana Department of Commerce program that provides individualized technical assistance to small technology enterprises engaged in the federal SBIR/STTR programs. This assistance covers proposal development, support in understanding and managing intellectual property, addressing government accounting needs, and in-depth commercialization planning. Christine assesses client SBIR/STTR eligibility and identifies specific topic opportunities. She also coordinates advanced assistance via external contractors to achieve a full range of competencies in SBIR/STTR, licensing, business development, and matters relating to technology transfer. Christine has been instrumental in winning several state and federal grants to support program objectives. She budgets, manages and allocates an average of $230,000 in both state and federal funds annually and specializes in marketing MTIP’s services and client/service/partner matchmaking. On a higher level, she actively cultivates statewide growth in the TBED sector through the development of client partnerships with and between service provider networks, private entities, universities, and state and national government agencies. Christine earned her business degree from Montana Tech of the University of Montana.