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21st Century Systems, Inc. Helps Attract 2005 National Small Business Innovation And Research Conference To Omaha.

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OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 28, 2004

Midwest Small Businesses Have Opportunity To Capture Nearly $2

Billion In Government Grants & Contracts

Small businesses from around the nation will converge on Omaha, Nebraska, in the spring of 2005 to learn how to move their ideas from research and development to commercialization, capitalizing on nearly $2 billion in grants and contracts available from the federal government.

The National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Conference helps sales and marketing professionals, small business owners, entrepreneurs, university researchers with a business/entrepreneurial interest, and scientists seeking commercialization strategies to learn about government grants and contracts and the process to obtain them.

21st Century Systems, Inc., a leader in agent-based decision support systems for command, control, intelligence and surveillance, helped to attract the event to Omaha.

"This marks the first time a small business entity has actively sought out the SBIR National Conference for their particular region," said Dr. Alexander D. Stoyen, CEO of 21st Century Systems, Inc. "We are both honored and excited to help welcome such an important conference to the Midwest. Our company is proof that the SBIR Conference is integral to success in the small business industry. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the unique resources and opportunities the conference offers."

Former U.S. Congressman Hal Daub joined local and Nebraska government leaders, along with University of Nebraska Institute of Science and Technology officials, in lending key support to help 21st Century Systems convince SBIR representatives that Omaha is an excellent fit for the conference.

"Nebraska small businesses that want to do business with the government will get a big boost from participation in this program," Daub said.

21st Century Systems believes the conference will serve to educate small businesses, federal program managers, venture capitalists, prime integrators and university representatives on the tremendous opportunities available in the SBIR/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) world, particularly those entities that may not be aware of the full extent of the opportunities and how straightforward it is to compete for the business.

The SBIR Conference is sponsored and produced by the National Science Foundation, with assistance and input from members of local and regional committees. The specific dates of the conference are still to be determined.

21st Century Systems, Inc., founded in April 1996, has pioneered intelligent, agent-based, real-time decision support systems for aiding human decision makers in time- and mission-critical applications.
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