The U.S. Small Business Administration is hitting the road on an 18-state Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour.

The tour connects local entrepreneurs and owners of small technology firms with federal program managers who are in charge of distributing approximately $2.5 billion in federal funding each year.

On July 18, the SBIR Road Tour will visit Seattle, where entrepreneurs, researchers, innovators, and owners of small technology firms can talk to representatives from more than a dozen federal agencies about how to best compete for available funding.

The tour is hosted by VertueLab and in partnership with the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Portland State University, and Business Oregon.

“We are dedicated to supporting America’s entrepreneurs wherever they are. American innovation is not restricted by geographic or cultural boundaries,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said in a statement. “This tour reflects our commitment to ensuring that these innovators are aware of the resources that can help them turn a big idea into another great American innovation story.”

The SBIR Road Tour is an effort to spread the word about technology funding provided through the SBIR and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs. That funding is distributed in order to “spur new technological discoveries and facilitate the commercialization of innovations,” according to the SBA statement.

If you go:

7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., July 18

The Westin

1900 5th Avenue

Register here: vertuelab.org/events