Monday, November 30, 2009

CREOL: Making the most of your presentation

Making the most of your presentation

Dr. Jean-luc Doumont, Stanford University
February 26th, 2010 - 4-6pm
CREOL 102 & 103


Strong oral presentation skills are a key to success for engineers, scientists, and other professionals, yet many speakers are at a loss to tackle the task. Systematic as they otherwise can be in their work, they go at it intuitively, sometimes haphazardly, with much good will but seldom good results. Based on Dr Doumont’s book _Trees, maps, and theorems_ about "effective communication for rational minds", this lecture proposes a systematic way to prepare and deliver presentations. Among others, it covers structure, slides, and delivery, as well as stage fright.

An engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering and PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, Jean-luc Doumont now devotes his time and energy to training engineers, scientists, business people, and other rational minds in effective communication, pedagogy, statistical thinking, and related themes. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, Dr Doumont is a popular invited speaker worldwide, in particular at international scientific conferences, research laboratories, and top-ranked universities. For additional information, visit

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Christina Willis

Saturday, November 28, 2009

NIH Seeks Imaging Research Proposals (Applications Due: April 11, 2011)

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is soliciting research proposals for its "Quick-Trials for Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions: Exploratory Grants" program. The program "is intended to support clinical trials conducting preliminary evaluation of the safety and efficacy of imaging agents, as well as an assessment of imaging systems, image processing, image-guided therapy, contrast kinetic modeling, and 3-D reconstruction and other quantitative tools." Applications are due by April 11, 2011.

From "Quick-Trials for Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions: Exploratory Grants" (09/18/09)

Courtesy OSA R&D Insider: New Grant Opportunities

DARPA Seeks Research Proposals on Bioinspired Photonics (Applications Due: August 16, 2010)

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting proposals for its Bioinspired Photonics program. The program's goal "is to design and fabricate structured materials that will demonstrate either dynamic tunability of the optical response, or sensing capability of organic volatiles, using bioinspired photonic structures capable of operating in the visible and near infrared." Applications are due by August 16, 2010.
From "Bioinspired Photonics" (08/17/09)

Courtesy OSA R&D Insider: New Grant Opportunities

Friday, November 27, 2009

Nelson Talks Shuttle Extension, Workforce Retention (Source: Florida Today)

Sen. Bill Nelson is not lobbying specifically for flying the shuttle longer, but rather for the president to take the recommendation of his blue-ribbon panel and increase NASA's budget long-term. That would help speed development of whatever replacement is chosen. The senator reinforced that the White House panel had cited safety as a potential drawback of extending the shuttle program. Nelson added the White House and Congress must "commit to help the workforce during the disruption" between retirement of the shuttles in 2010 or 2011 and the ramp-up toward the replacement system's first flights. Click here to view the interview. (11/9)

Courtesy ERAU Grant Opportunities Update

More Florida Members Sign-On to Kosmas NASA Funding Letter (Source: NSS)

The National Space Society reports that the bipartisan "Dear Colleague" letter sponsored by Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas and Congressman Ken Calvert, seeking an addition of $3 billion to NASA's budget, has gained several signatures from representatives around the nation, including the following Florida members: C. Brown, A. Grayson, A. Hastings, K. Meek, R. Klein, D. Wasserman-Schultz, R. Wexler, B. Posey, and T. Rooney. (11/12)

Courtesy ERAU Grant Opportunities Update

NIH NBIB Application for Phase II U01

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) invites U01 applications for Phase II implementation of the NIBIB Quantum Grant program. The goal is to achieve a profound (quantum) advance over present-day approaches in the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of a major disease or national public health problem. Applicants need not have received a Phase I award to submit a Phase II application. Up to 3 awards may be made from $8 million in FY10. Eligibility is unrestricted. Letters of intent are due Dec 22 with applications due Jan 22. More information regarding RFA-EB-09-003 is available at:

Courtesy ERAU Grant Opportunities Update

NSF's CHE-DMR-DMS Solar Energy Initiative

The purpose of NSF's CHE-DMR-DMS Solar Energy Initiative is to support interdisciplinary efforts by groups of researchers to address the scientific challenges of highly efficient harvesting, conversion, and storage of solar energy. Groups must include three or more co-Principal Investigators of whom one must be a researcher in chemistry, a second in materials, and a third in mathematical sciences in areas supported by the Divisions of Chemistry, Materials Research, and others. Visit

Courtesy ERAU Grant Opportunities Update

NRL Solicitation for Remote Explosive Detection System

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has announced its intent to issue a solicitation to investigate prototype research for a Remote Explosive Detection System suitable for field testing, based on a NRL developed infrared photo-thermal breadboard system. It is anticipated that only one award will result from this procurement for a final prototype design and an option for building and testing the designed prototype. No information on eligibility, response date, or release date of the full solicitation is provided. More information regarding N00173-10-R-SK01 is available at:

Courtesy ERAU Grant Opportunities Update

DARPA Invitation

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) invites research proposals to investigate high-energy pulsed fiber lasers and amplifiers that can be coherently combined to efficiently form a near-diffraction limited laser beam in the far-field. Approximately $6.3 million will be available to fund 2 proposals. The solidification currently has unrestricted eligibility. First round proposals will be due Dec 12. More information regarding DARPA-BAA-10-13 is available at:

Courtesy ERAU Grant Opportunities Update


On or about Nov 12, the Department of the Air Force will open its 2010 Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I Program. SBIR Phase I awards will not exceed $100,000 and eligibility is limited to U.S. small businesses. The deadline for proposals is Jan 13. More information regarding DoDSBIR2010_1 is available at:

Courtesy ERAU Grant Opportunities Update

AIAA Plans Aerospace Sciences Event in Orlando on Jan. 4-7 (Source: AIAA)

The AIAA will hold the 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting (including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition) at the Orlando World Center Marriott on Jan. 4-7. This is a major multidisciplinary event for aerospace scientists and engineers from around the world. It provides an forum for scientists and engineers from industry, government, and academia to share and disseminate scientific knowledge and research results with a view toward new technologies for aerospace systems. New additions to the event for 2010 include a Jan. 4 session entitled NASA Research: Then and Now. The early-bird registration deadline is Dec. 7. Click here for information and registration.


UCF Professor Helps Launch New Space-Travel Industry (Source: UCF)

More than 40 years after man first set foot on the moon, space travel remains for its many fans a lifelong dream that is rarely realized. Joshua E. Colwell, an associate professor of planetary science at the University of Central Florida, is about to help change that. In the past three months, Mr. Colwell and a few other university scientists have begun working with a group of small companies that are close to launching a new generation of privately built spacecraft that would let human passengers routinely travel beyond Earth’s atmosphere to the beginning of outer space. The companies bear such names as Space Adventures, SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Orbital Outfitters. They expect their flights, at about $200,000 a ticket, to cater mostly to wealthy tourists, at least at first. (11/18)


Florida Gets $98.7 Million Thus Far for Stimulus Research Projects (Source: WIRED)

More than $20 billion in economic stimulus money has poured into the nation’s universities, according to a new collection of data gathered by a trio of research consortia. “This is the largest investment in science and research probably since Sputnik,” said Bill Andresen, a vice president at the University of Pennsylvania in charge of Federal affairs and president of The Science Coalition.

California’s institutions were the big winners, snagging 1,602 grants worth almost $1.2 billion, but the money was spread across the country. Florida is ranked 21st, with 310 grants worth over $98.7 billion, or $5.39 per capita. Click here to view a table showing data on all 50 states. (11/17)


Thursday, November 19, 2009

FPC in Article from the Progress Energy Fall 2009 Issue of Circuit

The FPC is featured in the recent Progress Energy issue of Circuit, the economic development publication from Progress Energy. It cites such important contributions from photonics as direct employment of 5,700 workers and generation a $3.6 billion annual economic impact on Gross State Product and features thoughts from Bahaa Saleh, dean of the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida (UCF), Rob Randelman, president of Ocean Optics and Alex Fong, FPC President and Senior Vice President of Life Sciences and Instrumentation, Gooch and Housego (Optronic Laboratories and ChromoDynamics).

Photonics is increasingly important and visible as a key element of Florida's economy. Check out the article in the Progress Energy Fall 2009 issue of Circuit on "Florida Photonics Cluster Enabling Growth of Jobs, Businesses" in which FPC President Alex Fong is quoted:

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Luncheon with VP of Facebook

Facebook: No longer just a teen’s obsession, it’s your business branding - in real time.

Mike Haines, Regional VP of Facebook, is the keynote speaker for the Wednesday, November 18, 2009 luncheon of the American Marketing Association—Central Florida Chapter.

Time: 11:30 am at the Marriott Orlando Downtown.
Go to to register.
You do not need to be a member to attend.

With a highly engaged global audience in excess of 250MM active users, Facebook represents a shift in the way people are choosing to communicate with one another and the information they share. With that comes tremendous opportunity for companies of all sizes to connect with this audience and leverage Facebook’s platform as a marketing, PR, advertising, and CRM vehicle. Come learn how to harness the Facebook platform for yourself and see how others are using it successfully to accomplish their marketing objectives.
You will learn:
  • How businesses, of all sizes, can establish a Facebook platform
  • See examples of how direct marketers use social media and viral marketing to impact consumers and build brands

Cost: $20 for AMA members and students; $35 for nonmembers.


Esther Vargas-DavisSite Manager
UCF Incubator-Winter Springs
1511 E. S R 434, Suite 2001
Winter Springs, FL 32708Phone: (407)278-4880

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

World Usability Day (WUD) Project to Make 1,000 LED Spot/Bulbs Available for Free

How many light bulbs does it take to change the world? Just one, if you make it LED.

The World Usability Day (WUD) project will make 1,000 LED spot/bulbs available for free via their website “Assume the following math: 1,000 bulbs can replace all of the light bulbs in 20 medium-sized houses,” said Brian Sullivan, the usability principal at the Sabre Human Factors Center in San Francisco, CA, and co-chair of World Usability Day. “The LED bulbs are easily three times more efficient than standard bulbs. So that is the equivalent of lighting 100 houses,” said Brian Sullivan, co-chair of World Usability Day. By using 1 LED bulb rather than 3 filament bulbs you will save 268.24 kWh.
The WUD free light bulbs will be offered worldwide. The project is being made possible by Next Generation Lighting Supply (NGL Supply) and Seoul Semiconductor, Inc. (Seoul). NGL Supply will provide the bulbs with Edison bases (standard in most lamps, ceiling fans, and recessed lighting outlets) and fulfillment, and Seoul will supply the inner workings. WUD web site visitors will fill out a form with a DISCOUNT code. When the visitor clicks a button from the WUD site (after filling out a form), they are taken to the NGL site for fulfillment. Participants will pay for shipping and handling (which is very common for FREE items).

“We are thrilled to be able to offer free LED light bulbs,” said Elizabeth Rosenzweig, founder and president of WUD. “These products are just now reaching the market; they’re very cutting edge,” said Rosenzweig. “Thanks to NGL Supply and Seoul, we will change the world one light bulb at a time. It’s just that simple.”

“Seoul Semiconductor is proud to be part of this event and share our Acriche LED technology with those concerned about making a better world. Our basic tenets, starting with our CEO Mr. C.H. Lee, include being a good corporate citizen along with doing the right thing for the environment. The WUD event is a showcase for responsible products available today that will make a better future,” said Doug Hardman, Americas Strategic Marketing Director, Seoul Semiconductors.

“Working with WUD makes it possible for NGL Supply to make LED technology readily available to 1,000 people who wish to make the change to energy efficient environmentally friendly lighting solutions,” said Kennie Alton, principal, Next Generation Lighting Supply.
The Fifth Annual World Usability Day will be celebrated globally on November 12 with the theme “Designing for a Sustainable World.” Countries that announced WUD projects last week included Estonia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates bringing the total number of countries to 38 and the number of events to 112.



Saturday, November 7, 2009

Participate in Florida Trend's Best Companies To Work For 2010 program!

Florida Trend magazine is commencing its search for Florida's best workplaces in its 2nd Annual Florida's Best Companies To Work For program. Participation in this program is free!* Companies with at least 15 full-time, regular employees are eligible to participate, and the list of winners will be published in our annual Florida's Best Companies To Work For issue in August 2010.
Join the companies who made the list in 2009 and received the following benefits:
Recognition as a "Florida's Best Companies To Work For" helped their recruiting and retention
Learning and sharing with other companies what it takes to be a Best Company To Work For
Promoting best employment practices in Florida
Promoting Florida as a great place for business
Can you afford not to be on the list?
For more information and to register, visit
*There is no fee to companies who, along with their employees, can complete the corporate and employee surveys online. Companies requiring paper surveys will be charged a nominal non-refundable fee to cover the cost of printing, processing and shipping the paper surveys.

bioBUZZ: Burnham Research Briefing Presentation

Please join us for the following event:

Thursday, November 19th from 10:00 to 11:00 am the Burnham Institute for Medical Research presents internationally-renowned physician scientist Dr. Daniel Kelly in a FREE public presentation about how his research is exploring new ways to treat the unique form of heart disease that affects diabetics. Seating is limited; please RSVP to 407-745-2010 or Please see the attached document for more details.
We look forward to seeing you!

Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series FeaturingHarris Rosen, President & COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Keynote Speaker Harris Rosen - November 19th - Orlando

SAVE THE DATE! Holiday Party - December 2nd - Orlando

Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series Featuring Harris Rosen, President & COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts

WHEN: Thursday, November 19th, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

WHERE: Rosen College of Hospitality Management
9907 Universal Blvd., Orlando 32819

Pre-Registration Rates: Members $20 Non-Members $35
(On-Site Registration: Members $25 Non-Members $40)

Click Here to Register

This speaker series showcases the stories of individuals who have overcome obstacles and tackled challenges in order to achieve significant entrepreneurial success and will significantly contribute to the education of the audience in the field of entrepreneurship. They have become a major entrepreneurial success in our local community while maintaining their essence as a real person of integrity. That is Harris Rosen. Mr. Rosen will share the story of his journey from a child raised in New York's lower eastside to becoming Florida's largest independent hotelier, with seven Orlando hotels totaling close to 6,300 rooms. Read more...

2009 Holiday Party

WHEN: Wednesday, December 2nd, 6 pm - 8:30 pm

WHERE: Sheraton Downtown Orlando
60 South Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando 32804

Pre-Registration Rates: Members $35 Non-Members $50
(On-Site Registration: Members & Non-Members $60)

Click Here to Register

Network with Orlando's greatest organizations... TiE Florida, ACG Orlando, TMA, FEI & CFMA at Central Florida's best Holiday Party of the season!Free Drink Tickets and Heavy Appetizers...

Through our collaboration with Microsoft, TiE offers you fast, easy access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools and production licenses of server products; professional technical support from Microsoft; and connections to a global community of entrepreneurs who can help guide startups through the hurdles of growing their business. Contact us for more details...

TiE Florida Mentor Program

Our mentoring program, available ONLY to members, is one of TiE Florida's most successful and notable programs. Mentoring provides a structured framework in which experienced Charter Members are paired with Members to provide guidance and advice regarding your entrepreneurial/business challenges.Please click here for additional program details and an application. Please feel free to contact us at with any questions.

Special Thanks to our Annual Sponsors

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All TiE Florida event registration fees are non-refundable and no refunds are offered for cancellations. * Please note "Members" refers to new and regular Members, Charter Members or Sponsors whose current yearly dues have been paid in full. All others will have to enroll/renew their membership before signing up for any event or workshop.

NOTE: The UCF Business Incubation Program has forwarded this information to you as a courtesy to one of our partner organizations.

Friday, November 6, 2009

FPC General Members Meeting - New Date!

FPC meeting, Tuesday, 12/1/09
Location: UCF Office of Research & Commercialization 12201 Research ParkwayOrlando, FL 32826

3:00pm -- FPC Board Meeting (5th floor small conference room)

Agenda – General Members Meeting
Chair: Alex Fong, President
4:00pm – Welcome – FPC General Members Meeting (2nd Floor Large Conference Room)
4:05pm -- FPC business, if any
4:20pm -- Seminar by Tom O'Neal on "Starting a new business"– how to use SBIR/STTR in small businesses, VC funding, UCF Incubator resources, etc., with Q&A
5:00pm -- Presentation by Lisa Rice on RAWI* -- program, survey results, etc. -- followed by discussion
5:45pm -- Reception & networking; hosted by UCF Office of Research & Commercialization
7:00pm -- Adjourn. Go to dinner at local restaurant if sufficient interest

*Regional Aerospace Workforce Initiative
This is a partnership between Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Brevard Workforce, Workforce Central Florida and the Center for Business Excellence that will bring together leaders from across the region in areas of economic development, workforce, education, technology transfer and industry. The RAWI is tasked with:
- reviewing the region’s existing and emerging assets;
- obtaining feedback from community leadership;
- participating in a SWOT analysis to help guide the overall development of a regional strategy with a shared identity and vision for the regional economy.

OSA hosts Congressional briefing on the needed switch to LED lighting

November 6, 2009–With energy efficient technology becoming a government priority, cities across the country are investing in greener lighting sources. The Optical Society (OSA; Washington, DC), in conjunction with the House of Representatives’ Research & Development (R&D) Caucus, is hosting a Congressional briefing next week to discuss how solid-state lighting, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs), can significantly reduce the amount of energy used for residential, commercial, automotive, and street lighting (see also “OIDA/SPIE hope message “resonates” in Congress” and “OSA members to support research into renewable energy sources“).
Lighting uses 22% of the electricity and 8% of the total energy spent in the U.S., according to government reports. A panel of experts will discuss current and future LED technologies, why municipalities across the country are switching to them, cost savings associated with LEDs, and the role of government in LED-related research. The briefing is free and open to the public.
The Congressional Luncheon Briefing is entitled LEDs: Cities Investing in a Greener Future and will be held at B340 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 on Thursday, November 12, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Speakers include Andrew Brix, Energy Programs Manager, City of Ann Arbor, Michigan; James Brodrick, Solid-State Lighting Program Manager, U.S. Dept. of Energy; and Matthew Sommers, LED Design Manager, GE Lumination. The presentations will be moderated by Alex Fong [Ed: Florida Photonics Cluster President], Senior Vice President, Life Sciences & Instrumentation at Gooch and Housego.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act makes investing in energy efficient technologies and reducing the cost of high-performance lighting products a priority. Continuing advances, with the support of federal funding for energy efficient technologies, can accelerate progress toward creating a U.S.-led market for high-efficiency light sources that save more energy, reduce costs and have less environmental impact than conventional light sources. LEDs use half the energy (or less) and last 10 to 12 years longer than conventional bulbs. Additionally, LEDs contain no mercury, unlike compact fluorescent light bulbs. Studies suggest that a complete conversion to the LEDs could decrease carbon dioxide emissions from electric power use for lighting by up to 50% in just more than 20 years.
For more information, contact Angela Stark at the OSA at
Courtesy Gail Overton, LaserFocusWorld

NIH Seeks Imaging Research Proposals

(Applications Due: April 11, 2011)
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is soliciting research proposals for its “Quick-Trials for Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions: Exploratory Grants” program. The program “is intended to support clinical trials conducting preliminary evaluation of the safety and efficacy of imaging agents, as well as an assessment of imaging systems, image processing, image-guided therapy, contrast kinetic modeling, and 3-D reconstruction and other quantitative tools.” Applications are due by April 11, 2011.
From “Quick-Trials for Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions: Exploratory Grants” (09/18/09)
Courtesy OSA

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

OSA Press Release: Photonics Included in List of Industries Targeted to Receive New Small Business Grants

OSA thanks Rep. Kosmas for efforts to add photonics industry to House bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30—The U.S. House of Representatives accepted an amendment yesterday by Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-Fla.) that would add photonics technology to the list of targeted industries eligible to receive federal grants under a new early-stage investment program.

The Kosmas amendment was accepted to H.R. 3854, the Small Business Financing and Investment Act of 2009. The legislation aims at improving the Small Business Administration’s programs that provide entrepreneurs with access to capital.

H.R. 3854 also establishes the Small Business Early Stage Investment (SBESI) Program, which is a public/private partnership grant program to channel investment capital to emerging companies. Rep. Kosmas authored an amendment, which was adopted by voice vote to add the photonics technology industry to the list of targeted industries qualified to receive grants under this new early-stage investment program. Under the SBESI program, the Small Business Administration will provide matching grant funding to act as a co-investment in highly qualified investment companies that will focus on investing in small businesses, with particular emphasis on investing in early-stage small businesses in targeted capital-intensive industries. The bill will now be considered by the Senate before being sent to the President for signature.

“OSA is thrilled to see Congress recognize the importance of investing in small businesses that focus on photonics technologies,” said Elizabeth A. Rogan, CEO of the Optical Society (OSA). “OSA thanks Congresswoman Kosmas for her efforts to include photonics in this legislation. The state of Florida has a strong photonics industry and many companies there and across the country have the potential to benefit from the Congresswoman’s work.”

Photonics is a specialized field of physics and engineering, based on the science of light. From fiber optics and lasers used in telecommunications to medical imaging and detection to aid cancer research, optics and photonics are critical technologies that are prevalent in almost every aspect of day-to-day life.

About OSAUniting more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit

Angela Stark
The Optical Society202.416.1443

Monday, November 2, 2009

Press Release: Gulf Fiberoptics Expands With New Photonics Division

Contact: Craig Vogeley
Gulf Fiberoptics, Inc.
+1 813.855.6618

Gulf Fiberoptics Expands With New Photonics Division

Oldsmar, Florida—November 02, 2009—Gulf Fiberoptics announced its entry into the Photonics industry by launching a line of fiber optic products and accessories.

“We are very excited about our expansion into Photonics,” said Patrick Bennetts, President of Gulf Fiberoptics. “Our new line of specialty fiber optic patch cable assemblies and related application solutions for spectrometers and LED light sources is a perfect complement for our well-known medical and industrial fiber optic solutions,” added Bennetts.

The Photonics Division’s business development is headed up by industry veteran Cicely Rathmell. Having over ten years in the optics and spectroscopy markets, Rathmell seized this enormous growth opportunity. “My passion is applications,” says Ms. Rathmell. “It’s exciting to bring my experience in spectroscopy and life science instrumentation to a new group of products. Fiber is such an elegant way to transport light, and has the power to really become an enabling design element when applied in novel ways.” Christopher Bailey leads the engineering department, and rounds out the team with his broad experience in fiber optic technology and a strong manufacturing background. Rathmell and Bailey have worked together in the past and are in the process of developing a potent staff for the new Gulf Fiberoptics division.

The Photonics Division already has a full line of patch cables in inventory and is currently building its stock of bifurcated and reflection probe assemblies with additional product offerings planned in the next 6 months.

Gulf Fiberoptics is a leading manufacturer of fiber optic products for the medical, industrial, visual illumination, and photonics markets. For further information about Gulf Fiberoptics, please visit:, telephone: +1 813.855.6618, or email:

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Pinellas Technology & Business Innovation Exchange

The Pinellas Technology & Business Innovation Exchange (PTBIE), hosted by Congressman C.W. Bill Young and presented by STAR TEC and Pinellas Area Federal Contractors Association (PAFCA), is a reverse trade show where subcontractors exhibit and defense industry contractors meet new suppliers. By matching United States Department of Defense contractors with local subcontractors, PTBIE strengthens the defense and advanced manufacturing sectors by increasing local sales and developing partner and vendor relationships. PTBIE was rated highly by participants and sponsors, who requested an expanded program for the coming year.
This year's event is scheduled for Friday, November 13th at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort on St. Petersburg Beach. Interested companies can register by visiting

NOTE: The UCF Business Incubation Program has forwarded this information to you as a courtesy to one of our partner organizations.