A tour will immediately follow the news conference with Texas Tech officials and city councilman.
WHAT: Texas Tech University will host the regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Region VI to highlight what the university offers the small business community in Lubbock and how it can drive technology-based small business in the area.
Yolanda Olivarez, regional administrator for the SBA, will tour the Texas Tech Innovation Hub and Research Park to learn more about the Kinetic Accelerator, Innovated by Texas Tech and the Texas Tech University System Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Resource Center.
WHO: The tour will follow a news conference with Olivarez; Texas Tech Vice President for Research Robert V. Duncan; Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis; Carrie Romo, senior proposal development administrator for the research development team in the Office of the Vice President for Research; Susan Malone Back, a research scientist and director of the SBIR/STTR Resource Center; Lubbock City Councilman Jeff Griffith; and recent Texas Tech alumnus Weston Waldo. Waldo will discuss how the cooperation between Texas Tech, the city of Lubbock and the SBA helped him form a small business and obtain a grant funded by the National Science Foundation.
WHEN: News conference, 8:30 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 13); tour immediately afterward. Media may arrive at 8:20 a.m. to set up.
WHERE: Conference room 103, Research Park, 3911 Fourth St.
CONTACT: Stacy Sustaita, West Texas District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, (806) 472-7462 ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.