Blog posts from January, 2012

SMART Center Chris Mathers Visits The Incubator at MAGNET

January 24, 2012 by MAGNET Ohio

On Tuesday, January 24, tenants of The Incubator at MAGNET had a networking meeting here in the MAGNET Seminar Room. For this month’s event, they welcomed Chris Mather, Managing Director of the SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems, located at Lorain County Community College (LCCC). In 2010, LCCC received a $5.5 million grant from the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering administered by Cleveland State University to grow new jobs, businesses and educational programs in the high growth industry of sensor technologies. Mather introduced our tenants to the capabilities of the SMART Center. The SMART Center offers back-end packaging solutions for companies who manufacture sensors, micro-electrical mechanical systems (MEMS) and other silicon-fabbed devices. This morning, our Incubator tenants learned about how the Center can help them with chip packaging, surface mounting, reliability testing, and inspection issues. Mather also shared that, while the center is currently housed in around a 3500 sq.ft. space, ground was recently broken for a brand new 35,000 sq.ft. facility attached to the LCCC’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center. Mather noted that the SMART Center has been recognized by a national expert as "one of the top centers of it’s kind in the country." And he emphasized that the

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New Innovation Program for Smaller Manufacturers Offers NASA Expertise, Low-Interest Loans

January 06, 2012 by MAGNET Ohio

If you’re a manufacturer with less than $50 million in annual revenue, AND you are located in Cleveland or Cuyahoga County, you are eligible to apply for an exciting new program MAGNET announced on January 3, 2012. Subject matter experts from NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland can be made available for free to help you solve a technical challenge you may have with a new or existing product. To help with any other costs that might arise in solving the problem, Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland have allocated  $450,000 in low interest loans that companies selected for this program can utilize. A FREE briefing session explaining all the details will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25 at MAGNET headquarters in downtown Cleveland. Register online or contact Linda Barita at (216) 391-7766. For complete details, visit www.magnetwork.org/nasa. Media Coverage: NASA Glenn teams up with Cleveland, Cuyahoga County for small-business loan program, by Robert Schoenberger, Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 3, 2012

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