Debunking SBIR Myths: How to Protect the Value of SBIR Program Authorities

Debunking SBIR Myths: Strategies to Protect and Optimize the Value of SBIR Program Authorities

Format: Live webinar (on-demand recording available on August 18, 2022)
Date: August 9, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm EDT
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructor: Jeff Cuskey, Cuskey GOVCON Consulting & Expert Witness Services
Learning Credits: 1.5 CPEs, 1.5 ATCs
APTAC BOK: D.1 SBIR & STTR GSA Schedule Contracting (Elective)

*Your registration includes access to the on-demand recording.

This webinar provides insight into the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program regulations, common SBIR myths, and how to develop effective strategies to protect and optimize an SBIR participant’s rights, values and wealth under the SBIR program.

The SBIR program was established under the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 (P.L. 97-219) with the purpose of strengthening the role of innovative small business concerns in federally funded research and development (R&D). Despite being touted as one of SBA’s most successful small business programs, the SBIR program’s unique rules, regulations, and data rights provisions are not well understood by small businesses and some participating federal agencies. Forty years after its inception, “… this small business set-aside program (still) struggles against ignorance, indifference, and outright opposition” (David Metzger).

You will learn how SBA’s SBIR policies differ from other government contracting regulations and, more importantly, how to address the government’s misinterpretations and reluctance to take advantage of SBIR program authorities.

Target Audience: Small businesses that want to work with the federal government

*Metzger, David (2016). WHILE THE NATION SLEPT, The Struggle of Small Innovative Businesses in the US. Herndon: Mascot Books, p.15.

Meet Your Instructor:

Jeff Cuskey

JEFF CUSKEY, Cuskey GOVCON Consulting & Expert Witness Services

Jeff Cuskey is a nationally known government procurement consultant, speaker, expert witness, and two-time Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) Economic Impact Award recipient. In addition to providing consulting services to government and industry, he works part-time as a Senior Procurement Advisor for the San Diego, Orange, & Imperial Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). While serving in the U.S. Navy, Jeff held various leadership, acquisition, and contracting positions, including assignments as the Navy’s multi-billion dollar F/A-18 Strike Fighter Program Business Financial Manager (CFO) and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Deputy Contracting Officer. After retiring from the Navy at the rank of Commander, he taught defense-focused MBA contracting, program management, and business financial management courses at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey CA. Jeff has an MS degree in Acquisition and Contract Management from NPS and is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), and Certified Schedules Contracts Manager (CSCM), and Certified Procurement Professional (CPP). In 2020 APTAC recognized Jeff as its Betty McDonald Outstanding Member Achievement Awardee for his significant contributions and deep commitment not just to the procurement profession, but also to the APTAC organization and its members.


Aug 09 2022


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Aug 09 2022
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm