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Defense Breakfast @ Venture Cafe in Havana

In-person session

July 19, 2017 | 5:00 AM - 7:00 AM

Join us July 19th at 9 a.m. for a morning dedicated to small businesses finding new opportunities to work on programs with federal agencies like the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). Also hear from industry experts like Jameson & Co. CPAs LLC on the best ways to land and execute these funding opportunities.
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Bernadette Johnson, Chief Science Officer for Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)

Johnson is the first Chief Science Officer for DIUx, the innovation cell stood up by the Pentagon to scout great technology companies and find new ways to get them working on military challenges. Before joining DIUx, Johnson was the Chief Technology Officer for the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. She earned a doctorate from Dartmouth in Plasma Physics.

Robert Nelson, District Director of SBA’s Massachusetts Disctict Office

Nelson is responsible for the effective delivery of SBA’s financial and business development programs with a mission to counsel, assist and protect the interest of small business statewide in order to maintain and strengthen the economy. He has 25 years of federal service,19 of which have been with the SBA.

Dan Lilly, Small Business Innovation Research Advisor at the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

Lilly is an expert at helping small businesses find funding in his 17th year as a SBIR and Government Sales Advisor. He is responsible for designing and implementing a successful statewide SBIR advisory program. Fun fact about Lilly: Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Almond declared a day in November 1995 as Dan Lilly Day.

Ed Jameson, CEO for Jameson & Co. CPAs LLC

Jameson is a second generation CEO. He has helped clients secure, account for, and survive audit on more than $3 billion in government grants and contracts. Jameson has been a featured speaker at the National SBIR conference for multiple years.