Throughout the year, Dawnbreaker provides support to the Small Business Administration to help it achieve its outreach objectives to women and minority –owned firms, as well as under-served states.


In 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the SBIR/STTR Program Managers will visit 21 states that consistently have the lowest number of SBIR/STTR award winners. It is our goal to work with state based partners to host a conference or workshop during these tour stops with the goal of increasing SBIR/STTR funding to these funds.

Local organizations engaged in the creation, sustainment, or growth of small advanced technology firms are organizing half-day to full-day workshops and/or conferences to coordinate with the tour stops. Through these partnerships, SBA and the SBIR/STTR Program Managers are supporting local efforts by conveying the SBIR/STTR opportunity to high-growth technology firms and individuals in the states and regions visited.


Swift Bus Tours present a coveted opportunity for SBA and SBIR/STTR Program Managers to learn first-hand of the challenges and barriers faced by advanced technology firms in these regions. This coordinated outreach effort in 21 states seeks to inform, engage, and encourage participation in the SBIR/STTR programs from targeted populations, including: 1.) Unsuccessful SBIR Phase I applicants; 2.) Women-owned small businesses (WOSB); and 3.) Small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs).

The Swift Bus Tours will support the development of a pipeline of potential SBIR/STTR applicants in targeted communities, and in doing so, strengthen and stimulate innovation while driving local economic growth.