Over $1 billion in federal research and development funds are available under the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for firms with 500 and fewer employees. The money is available for R&amp;D and commercialization. The National SBIR Conference, to be held in Washington D.C. on April 9-11, 1999, is the largest federally sponsored conference focused on helping small high technology companies access these funds. For more information on the conference, call (561) 791-0720, or visit <A HREF="http://www.seeport.com/sbir">www.seeport.com/sbir</A>.