Resources

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The Smart Grid Cluster

Resource: The Smart Grid Cluster
Hosted by: Energy Foundry
To learn more contact: http://smartgridcluster.com/

The Smart Grid Cluster supports economic growth for companies building the future of energy and the grid. The cluster offers a combination of business, technical, and financing support services that leverage the Illinois region’s robust corporate and research assets and drive the continual economic growth of the energy innovation ecosystem.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks, Finance
Location(s): Chicago, IL (targeting businesses in the Chicago area)
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Energy
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: No

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Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions Cluster

Resource: Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions Cluster
Hosted by: Magnolia Business Alliance
To learn more contact: http://www.magnolia-ba.biz/#!eigs/c7ck

The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) nurtures and supports the growth of the geospatial technology small- and medium-enterprise cluster. EIGS coordinates the interaction among the high-tech geospatial companies, university research programs, state agencies, and other related organizations in order to grow the geospatial businesses in our regional cluster into a world-class industry group.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): Diamondhead, MS (targeting businesses in the Gulf Coast)
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Geospatial Technology
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: No

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FlexMatters Cluster

Resource: FlexMatters Cluster
Hosted by: Team NEO
To learn more contact: http://www.nortech.org/flexible-electronics

The FlexMatters Cluster program uses its extensive industry knowledge and experience to provide companies and academic and research institutions with opportunities to collaborate and take advantage of new technologies that build on the industrial, organizational, and workforce strengths of the region. The FlexMatters Cluster focuses on flexible electronics, which is a science and manufacturing opportunity to print or deposit ultrathin electronic components and devices on materials that flex, bend, fold, or stretch.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): Cleveland, OH (targeting businesses in Northeast Ohio)
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Electronics, Internet, Wearable Technology
First Step: Inquire with resource
Submission or start date: No

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Marine Industries Science and Technology Cluster

Resource: Marine Industries Science and Technology Cluster
Hosted by: Mississippi Enterprise for Technology
To learn more contact: http://www.mistcluster.org/

The Marine Industries Science and Technology Cluster is a regional group of organizations involved in the development and implementation of applied technologies for operating in, working around, and monitoring the marine and coastal environments. Entrepreneurs come together with industry end-users to understand each other’s capabilities and needs and collaborate to foster expanded business and address shared issues that advance the region’s marine industries.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): LA, MS (targeting businesses in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi)
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Marine, Environment
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: No

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The Small Business Channel

Resource: The Small Business Channel
Hosted by: The Water Council
To learn more contact: http://thewatercouncil.com/programs/small-business-channel/

The Small Business Channel promotes the growth and development of small businesses operating in the water-technology sector—first in the Midwest and then across the United States. Links to critical resources, such as capital, networks, trained workers, supply chains, and technical assistance, are readily available through the channel.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): Milwaukee, WI (targeting businesses in the Midwest)
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Aqua Technology
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: No

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The Ozarks Regional Innovation Cluster

Resource: The Ozarks Regional Innovation Cluster
Hosted by: StartUp Junkie Consulting
To learn more contact: http://www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

The Ozarks Regional Innovation Cluster (ORIC) supports start-ups and small businesses that are innovating around and within retail, consumer packaged goods, supply chain/transportation/logistics, food, and data. ORIC provides one-to-one mentoring, sponsors events and workshops, and facilitates capital access through close relationships with lenders and venture capitalists.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): Fayetteville, AR (targeting businesses in Northwest Arkansas, Northeast Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri)
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Retail, Trade, Transportation
First Step: Register
Submission or start date: No

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TechRICH

Resource: TechRICH
Hosted by: Women’s Business Center of North Alabama
To learn more contact: http://www.wbcna.org/services/techrich

The Technology Regional Innovation Cluster Huntsville (TechRICH) is a regional hub that offers technical assistance services, including business training, business counseling, mentoring, technology transfer counseling, export readiness, and more.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): Huntsville, AL (targeting businesses in the state of Alabama)
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Aerospace, Defense, Cybersecurity, Energy
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: No

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LearnVest

Resource: LearnVest Webinars
Hosted by: LearnVest
To learn more contact: http://www.learnvest.com/classes

LearnVest is a financial planning company that helps entrepreneurs and individuals make the right financial decisions for their businesses. Its mix of course offerings includes free classes, such as “Building Better Money Habits.”

Primary Assistance: Education
Location(s): Virtual
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Register
Submission or start date: No

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Women’s Leadership Experience

Resource: Women’s Leadership Experience
Hosted by: Center for Creative Leadership
To learn more contact: http://www.ccl.org/leadership/programs/WLEOverview.aspx

The Women’s Leadership Experience is an executive education program that provides successful women leaders with the insights needed to make purposeful business decisions. The program is delivered in multiple phases, including a 3-day on-site course, a 3-month virtual-learning course, and a 2-day on-site course.

Primary Assistance: Education
Location(s): NC, CA
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes

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Women’s Executive Leadership: Business Strategies for Success

Resource: Women’s Executive Leadership: Business Strategies for Success
Hosted by: University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
To learn more contact: http://executiveeducation.wharton.upenn.edu/for-individuals/all-programs/womens-executive-leadership-business-strategies-for-success

The week-long Women’s Executive Leadership: Business Strategies for Success program is designed specifically for today’s female executives and those who aspire to leadership roles. It covers new ground as revealed by the latest Wharton faculty research in work motivation and engagement, career development, internal coaching, emotional intelligence, and women in leadership roles.