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The CNMI Small Business Development Center Network delivers professional, high quality, individualized business advising and technical assistance to existing small businesses and pre-venture entrepreneurs.

CNMI SBDC Network Announces Presenters for its Upcoming USDA SBIR/STTR Training Sessions


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

(Saipan, MP) The CNMI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is thrilled to announce its distinguished presenters for the upcoming U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program funded under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA SBIR program team will be providing a detailed overview on funding opportunities and other entrepreneurial resources that food and agricultural experts can use to advance their ideas. This presentation is appropriate for those who are interested in bringing their small business or research to life.

Meet Our Presenters:

  • Melinda Coffman, Program Coordinator for the USDA SBIR Program, will be facilitating the training at Tinian SBDC on Thursday, July 11, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in Room D, Tinian NMC Center. Register Here: 
  • Tammi Neville, Program Specialist for the USDA SBIR Program, will lead the session at Rota SBDC on Thursday, July 18, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM in Room A-1, Rota NMC Center. Register Here: 
  • Tori Swann, USDA SBIR-ICF Next Outreach Support, will be moderating all three training sessions, ensuring a seamless and informative experience for all participants.

We are also excited to announce the newly confirmed details for the CNMI SBDC Network site (Saipan) training. This session will take place on Friday, July 26, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the NMC As Terlaje Campus in Room V217. For clients interested in attending the Saipan training, you may register through this link:

These training sessions will cover eligibility requirements, application processes, and strategies to leverage USDA SBIR/STTR programs for research and development projects in areas such as AgTech, artificial intelligence, national security, biotechnology, and clean energy. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with experts, gain critical knowledge, and explore funding opportunities to drive innovation and economic growth. There will also be time for open Q&A at the end of the presentation. Participants are also encouraged to prepare questions in advance.

For more information, visit or contact us at (670) 237-6888 / Follow us on social media for the latest updates: Instagram @cnmisbdc and Facebook at CNMI Small Business Development Center Network.

The CNMI SBDC Network promotes a business-friendly economic infrastructure in the community, builds entrepreneurial capacity and financial literacy within that community, and provides current and nascent small businesses with the technical assistance, counseling, training, and support they need to innovate, adapt, and grow. 

The CNMI Small Business Development Center Network (CNMI SBDC) Network comprises the CNMI SBDC lead center located in Saipan, the Rota SBDC, and Tinian SBDC. The CNMI SBDC Network is partially funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Northern Marianas College. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Requests for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals with at least two weeks advance notice. For arrangements, please contact your local SBDC at P. O. Box 501250 Saipan, MP 96950, Tel: (670) 237-6888, or email SBDC Administrative Office Manager Services are extended to the public on a non-disciplinary basis.

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