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The Small Business Hub was created to link entrepreneurs, businesses, industry and governmental organizations in support of tech-driven business growth, strengthening the Air Force industrial base and commercializing technologies for new market opportunities. It was established in 2014 as a dual effort by the Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Small Business Office.

The Colliders are mainly held at Wright Brothers Institute - 444 facility, 444 E 2nd St, Dayton, OH 45402


Free and open business events, known as Colliders, are hosted by the Small Business Hub to drive opportunity discovery and identify supporting resources. Attendance allows for engagement with fellow community members from business, government and academic circles.

Focused around technology, entrepreneurship, and business growth, there are four styles in the Collider Series, each of which offers a networking component. These include:

• Information Series – educational or learning sessions

• Partnership Series - networking, partnership opportunities, matchmaking, Q&A panels, and problem solving

• Innovative Technology Series - targets specific leading-edge research areas and technology needs

• Regional Ecosystem Series - cross-promotes events happening throughout the region


While the Collider Project is a resource that enables connections to happen organically, the Small Business Hub also works to formally engage individuals and organizations through One-on-One’s.

We strive to interconnect the needs and capabilities of small businesses, industry, AFRL, and other regional assets and programs in order to drive the regional business economy.


Connect with Jim Masonbrink, Small Business Hub Director at james.masonbrink@wbi-innovates.com or 937-689-0889 for more information. Follow Small Business Hub on Twitter too (@AFRLBizHub (https://twitter.com/AFRLBizHub))!

Join the Collider Project at https://www.meetup.com/collider and refer others from the business community, AFRL or regional resources.

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