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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 http://www.meetup.com/collider and refer others from the business community, AFRL or regional resources.

Upcoming events (3)

Virtual Collider - Support Programs for Dayton Small Business Programs

This collider is an opportunity for the Dayton region SB community to learn about unique programs that support their successes and growth About this Event The Wright Brothers Institute Small Business Hub usually provides a Collider focused on all the Innovation/Technology resources available at least once a year - and it is TIME! This one will have not only focus on the Air Force SBIR Program but a much larger focus on the Air Force STTR Program which is focused on SBs partnering with local and state Academic Institutions. Resource presentations will be from: Air Force Research Laboratory's Small Business Office (AFRL/SB) USAF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs Wright State Applied Research Corporation (WSARC) USAF Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) Tech Warrior Enterprise Launch Dayton Event Agenda: 2pm - 2:05pm Welcome/Webinar Overview - Wright Brothers Institute , Mr. Jim Masonbrink, Director Small Business Hub 2:05pm - 2:20pm AFRL/SB Overview - Mr. Bill Harrison, Director, AFRL/SB 2:20pm - 2:35pm USAF SBIR/STTR Overview , Ms. Anissa Lumpkin, Program Lead 2:35pm - 2:40pm WSARC Programs Introduction - Mr. Dennis Andersh, CEO 2:40pm – 2:50pm Break 2:50pm - 3:05pm APEX Overview - Ms. Mary Margaret Evans, Executive Director , Mr. Dave Nestic, STTR Program Director , and Mr. Bruce Howard, Analytics Director 3:05pm - 3:20pm OFRN Overview - Mr. Bob Tanner, Executive Director 3:20pm - 3:35pm Tech Warrior Enterprise , Mr. Bill Harchick, Director of Operations 3:35pm – 3:50pm Launch Dayton Overview , Mr. John Owens, Co-Founder 3:50pm - 4:00pm Panel Q&A 4:00pm Closing

NEW DATE - Cross Promo - Dayton Defense Ohio Cyber Dialogue w/Industry

Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center

!! This is a pay to attend event through Dayton Defense !! Official details here: http://www.daytondefense.org/home/event_calendar.html#id=200&cid=667&wid=401 Ohio Cyber Dialogue with Industry - Cyber 2020 and Beyond This is Dayton Defense's 7th Ohio Cyber Dialogue event and they are confident it will be the best yet. Reception immediately following day one of the event. Please note the location: The Hope Hotel and Conference Center, WPAFB, OHIO. You do not need a base pass to get to the hotel.

NEW DATE: Nov 4-6 - Wright Dialogue with Industry

Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau

This is just an SAVE THE DATE announcement to get this on everyone's calendars. If you want to be in the know for what is happening at AFRL you need to go to this Conference. Dayton Defense should have the Agenda posted soon to let everyone know who all will be presenting. Link to registration site: http://www.wrightdialogue.org/index.html

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