The STTR Funding Opportunity
John Balsam is Vice-President for Business Development at NHT, Inc., an SBIR awardee and consulting
company based in Butte, MT. He has 15 years’ experience serving business clients, with a primary focus on
markets, market research, technology commercialization, and entrepreneurial business development. Since
1992, NHT has supported the commercialization efforts of more than 300 small technology firms nationwide.
In 1999, John began supporting the State of Montana’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Outreach Program. In this capacity, he consults to the State to counsel individuals and small-business
owners to help them understand and take advantage of the federal SBIR and STTR programs.
Government Accounting for Small Business AT a Level You Can Actually Use
Shelly Davis is a Certified Public Accountant with a MBA from the University of Montana and is the Chief
Financial Officer for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and its subsidiary, NHT, Inc.,
both frequent recipients of state and federal grants and contracts over the last 30 years. Before joining
NCAT, Shelly worked for 13 years at Butte Technology and Engineering Firm, where she managed
numerous SBIR and other government awards. She also brings hands-on entrepreneurial experience
through her co-ownership in several small businesses in Butte.
Intellectual Property Made Understandable - Building & Protecting Your IP Value
Marti Elder is an independent business consultant and licensing specialist. She helps small businesses,
researchers and independent inventors to maximize the commercial potential of their intellectual property.
Elder has been directly involved in securing and managing millions of dollars of Small Business Innovation
Research (SBIR) funding. The State SBIR Outreach Office and the MSU TechLink program contract this
expertise to benefit regional companies seeking a competitive advantage in the federal SBIR program.
Elder is a member of the pre-eminent Li