Lunch & Learn: Federal R&D Tax Credits Criteria and the Path Act

Lunch & Learn:
Federal R&D Tax Credits Criteria and the Path Act

Is your company realizing all its possible advantageous regarding federal tax credits?

This is an ideal luncheon topic that benefits CFO’s and finance types.  Many small businesses and startups are positively affected with an enhanced bottom line!  Learn about the significant changes the PATH Act accomplished for the tax year of 2016, related to Research and Development Tax Credits! Most R&D activities aren’t found in a lab…

At this Lunch and Learn you’ll learn:
1. What does making the R&D tax credit Permanent mean?
2. Positive Changes in the criteria for eligibility!
3. How medium & smaller businesses can or should benefit!
4. Startups can now improve cash flow by using the new rules to use Credits!
5. For many company shareholders, AMT may no longer be an issue in using the credit!

Who Should Attend?
CEOs, CFOs, CPAs, Entrepreneurs, Engineering Managers of small & medium size businesses, as well as small businesses under 5 years &/or $5 million in revenue. If you’re in tech, software development, in manufacturer, using engineering of all types, programing, CNC operations, solving problems daily by using the hard sciences; this educational session will assist you for of your growth strategies, will definitely help with your tax planning, cash flow and potential business growth going forward.

Date:  Thursday Dec. 14th at the Feast Restaurant.  11:30AM to 1PM

Go to this link for more information and to register for the event:



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Arizona Star: Tucson Optics Cluster Looks For More Clout

Arizona Daily Star Story on Optics Cluster
published October 23, 2016
Click this link to read the story:

Tucson Optics Cluster looks for more clout after merger


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Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Optics Industry Association Sign Collaborative Agreement

  Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Optics Industry Association Sign Collaborative Agreement

The two organizations join forces to build on long-standing optics sector success in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz., — August 15, 2016 — In a move to boost their ongoing efforts to grow the science and technology sectors of Arizona’s economy and increase the number of high-paying jobs in the state, the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Optics Industry Association (AOIA) today announced the two organizations have signed a collaborative agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Council will form an Arizona Optics Industry Committee to advocate for and promote the interests of the industry by holding optics-focused events and helping to influence legislative policy positions at the local, state and federal levels. The committee will develop a roadmap for the optics industry sector in Arizona and use the Council’s established leadership and infrastructure to address critical issues.

“The Council has proven its ability to be an advocate and collective voice for science and technology companies throughout our state,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “By working together with the AOIA, we are well-positioned to refocus the agenda and industry ecosystem to grow the optics-industry hub that has long existed in Arizona.”

Through its 24-year history, the AOIA has promoted the growth of the optics industry both locally and internationally. It served as the primary connector between the optics industry and other leading science and technology industries in Arizona: aerospace and defense, bioscience, semiconductor, astronomy and manufacturing. It also has been actively engaged in a wide variety of industry affairs, including establishing other optics-related organizations in cities around the world, protecting Arizona’s dark skies for the astronomy community, promoting science and math education, and supporting more industry-friendly U.S. export regulations.

“We are excited to leverage our history of success and leadership with the Council’s statewide reach,” said Bob Breault, president of the Arizona Optics Industry Association. “The Council’s membership base is diverse, which, in the end, will benefit our members. The agreement we have reached is really the next step in our vision. We want industry leaders connected and working together on a mix of very diverse projects ― all here in Arizona.”

Tucson is home to one of the world’s largest clusters of optics companies, earning the region the name “Optics Valley.” Part of the reason companies choose to make Tucson their home is the world-renowned College of Optical Sciences at The University of Arizona.

“Our goal is to catalyze, convene and connect the optics industry sector across Arizona, building on AOIA’s long-term success,” said Alex Rodriguez, vice president of the Arizona Technology Council’s Southern Arizona office. “We look forward to playing an integral part of the on-going collaboration between Tucson’s optics companies and The University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences. The college graduates more highly qualified scientists with master’s and doctoral degrees than any other in the nation and our desire is to keep them right here in Arizona. The Council and the optics companies are in a terrific position to continue to build momentum for this vital Arizona industry.”

Current AOIA members will receive a letter about the transition and will be invited to join the Council. If current AOIA members have questions about joining the Council, they can contact Alex Rodriquez at (520) 275-0519 or

About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit

About the Arizona Optics Industry Association
The Arizona Optics Industry Association Inc. is a non-profit organization which acts to foster the continued growth of the optics industry in Arizona and is often referred to as the Arizona Optics Cluster. Members number more than 300 companies and organizations covering a broad range of products and services statewide, contributing approximately $2.2 billion/year to the Arizona economy. The Arizona astronomy industry is part of the Optics Cluster, and statewide contributes over $250 million/year to the Arizona economy and directly supports 3,300 jobs.

Media Contact:
Shelly Glandon
Blue Canoe Marketing
(520) 400-4767

Organization Contact:
Axex Rodriguez
Arizona Technology Council
(520) 275-0519

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Photonics Internship Opportunity


Photonics Technical Specialists available
for 8-week industry technical internship

The internship is a curriculum requirement for a one-year technical certification at UMET’s Puerto Rico Photonics Institute. It follows the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education guidelines, offers certification from the Electronics Technicians Association, and is approved by the Puerto Rico Higher Education Council.

Oct 2016
Jan 2017
Jun 2017

for growing companies to acquire and develop their employees

Puerto Rico Photonics Institute
(787) 766-1717, Ext. 6285 and 6305

Program Description
The Certificate in Photonics and Lasers is a 1-year program that includes an 8-week industry technical internship plus three terms of concentration courses.  The planned core curriculum emphasis is built upon the principles of optics and photonics and includes electronics, lasers, fiber optics, and devices and instruments.  Students spend more than 40 percent of their time in the lab, training on laser and optical systems.  This program is offered at the UMET Cupey campus, with advanced laboratories at our Barceloneta labs.


COURSE                                                                       CREDITS
OPSC 100 Mathematics for Optics and Photonics                 3
ENGL 103 Introductory English Language Course                3
OPSC 101 Fundamentals of Light and Lasers                          5

ENMA 101 Introduction to Entrepreneurship                        3
OPSC 102 Lasers and Applications I                                         4
OPSC 110 Electronics for Optics and Photonics                     5

OPSC 120 Industry Technical Internship                                5

OPSC 103 Lasers and Applications II                                      4
OPSC 104 Photonic Enabled Technologies                             3
OPSC 111 Electronics for Optics and Photonics II                 5

TOTAL                                                                                          40

The one-year certificate program is supported by the US Department of Labor Employment Training Administration through a Trade Adjustment Assistance and Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) Round 4 Grant, number TC-26472-14-60-A-72. The Universidad Metropolitana offers equal opportunity in education and employment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or identity, age, marital status, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


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Optics Video by Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council
Produced a Video:
Focus on Optics and Astronomy in Arizona
Published on Mar 14, 2016

Tucson, Arizona is labeled optics valley.  We’re going to tell you why.

Featured speakers:
- Steve G. Zylstra, Arizona Technology Council
- Neil Brock, 4D Technology

Watch the video by clicking the following link:


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Trade Talks for the Arizona Optics Industry


Trade Talks for the Arizona Optics Industry
International Opportunities &
Overcoming Global Sales Hurdles

Please Join Us and your industry associates for learning and discussion
Arizona is home to one of the largest and most important optics industry clusters in the world. With an on-going legacy in areas such as; Large telescope mirrors, wavefront metrology, optical design software, and fiber and direct diode lasers, small and medium-sized Southern Arizona companies are leading the way for optics manufacturing and innovative applications for global markets. This Seminar will be focused on business opportunities and insight into the markets, investments and how to best position your company to take advantage of them. The agenda also includes presentations on IP and export controls, and resources to assist you in global expansion.

The Program
• Introduction
• Global Opportunities in the Optics Industry
• Break for coffee and networking
• Intellectual Property and Export Controls
• Federal, State & Local Resources to help you go global

• Christina Parisi, Senior International Trade Specialist, US
Commercial Service – Tucson
• Kevin O’Shea, VP InternationalTrade, AZ Commerce Authority
• Dave Dozor, Dozor Enterprises, Arizona District Export Council
• Melissa Proctor, Shareholder, Polsinelli
• Yakov Sidorin, Quarles & Brady

Date & Time
May 19, 2016
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Program

TEP Building, Auditorium A, 2nd Floor
88 E. Broadway Road
Tucson, AZ 85701

Free to attend, however please RSVP.

To RSVP or for further information:
Christina Parisi
Sr. International Trade Specialist
US Commercial Service in Arizona
Or by phone at 520.670.5809


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Understanding SBIR/STTR Programs: DARPA, NAVY, Air Force, NSF, NASA

Understanding SBIR/STTR Programs: DARPA, NAVY, Air Force, NSF, NASA
The Arizona Center for Innovation

Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 4:00 PM (MST)
Westward Look, Wyndham Grant Resort, 245 E. Ina Rd.
Tucson, AZ

Each year, the Federal government makes millions of agency R&D dollars available through its SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs. Plugging into this funding, finding partners and responding to program solicitations takes planning, expertise, and multi-organizational teamwork.

Join us for this state-wide, two-day event – presented in Tucson, Arizona by the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona and Tech Parks Arizona in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority and executed by the Arizona Center for Innovation – to learn from those who have been through the process and hear directly from representatives of agencies DARPA, NAVY, Air Force, NSF, NASA.

Get the help you need to plan your strategies, build your teams and have success.

Day 1: April 28, $80 per participant

Small businesses as well as university faculty and researchers will learn about federal SBIR and STTR programs from representatives from Federal agencies, prime companies and small businesses that have had success in such collaborations. Representatives from various agencies will be in attendance, including DARPA, NAVY, Air Force, NSF, NASA

Day 2: April 29, Free

Experience a showcase of SBIR/STTR programs and the resources available to support you through the process. Exhibitors will include but not be limited to small business consultants, grant writers and reviewers, legal resources, accounting services and workforce development providers.

One-on-One Agency Meeting Opportunities, Requires Day 1 participation to be eligible

Attendees to Day 1 have the opportunity to apply for a one-on-one meeting with representatives from agencies and large prime companies to take place on Day 2. While slots are limited and not every applicant will be granted a meeting, you MUST attend Day 1 to be eligible to request one of these exclusive one-on-one opportunities.

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