BATAVIA – Registration is open for Fermilab’s 2018 Small Business Fair on March 14 in Batavia.
Representatives from local small businesses are invited to discuss opportunities to strengthen relationships between the lab and the local business community, according to a news release. The half-day session from 8 a.m. to noon will be hosted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory off Kirk Road and Pine Street.
Businesses will be made aware of opportunities to bid for subcontracts for work on Fermilab projects and will be connected to key people at the lab who can guide them.
“Our success at this event would mean awarding future subcontracts to small businesses from connections made at the fair,” Jane Graves, procurement administrator and event chairman, stated in the release.
In the long term, she said, Fermilab aims to increase access to opportunities with the private sector, especially local and small businesses.
Fermilab generates millions in economic output for Illinois each year and supports thousands of jobs, according to the release. Projects such as the Illinois Accelerator Research Center create partnership and job opportunities across the state and will create more as an incubator for technology companies.
In addition, attendees will be able to learn more about how they can access Fermilab’s technologies and facilities to create potentially game-changing innovations. Through Fermilab’s Partnerships and Technology Transfer program, industry partners are able to license Fermilab patented and copyrighted technologies, use unique facilities and technical services through Strategic Partnership Project agreements, or participate in joint research through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, the release stated.
Fermilab’s long history of making its technology available traces back to its first director, Robert Wilson, who had proposed using particle accelerators to treat cancer. This was made a reality in 1990, when Fermilab installed the first U.S. proton therapy accelerator at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in California.