Growth Strategies International LLC

Dr. James Wasson - Research and Product Development in Charleston, South Carolina
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On July 6, I flew right seat in this 1965 British jet trainer that was built by BAE Systems, the company that I retired from in 2010. My friend Rick, a retired F-16 Pilot, gave me the stick as we lined up for a carrier landing on the USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor before we strafed Folly Beac...

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Have a new innovative product idea you want to develop and market test and need funding? Call us today 607-727-4727 for a free consultation.

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Growth Strategies International LLC has assisted 26 clients so far this year to develop and submit the following federal Small Business Innovation Research ( grants and proposals each ranging from $150K to $2M.

· 17 Department of Energy
· 3 National Institute of Hea...

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LEARN HOW TO DEVELOP A NEW PRODUCT AND TAKE IT TO MARKET - I wanted to let you know about my 90-minute on-line course that will teach you the secrets of developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), validating the market, developing a viable business model, protecting your intellectual property, and...

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So far this year we have helped numerous clients write and submit grant applications and proposals in technology areas such as AI, Cybersecurity, Additive Manufacturing, Energy Sources and Medical Devices to the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, and the N...

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Do you have an innovative idea for a new product and need seed money to develop it and take it to market? There is a pot of gold at the end on the rainbow. It’s an SBA grant program called Small Business Innovation Research ( Call me today for a free consultation on how to apply for...

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One of my clients was selected from a nationwide competition to speak at the annual Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Showcase in Washington DC for developing an innovative patented technology to 3D print prosthetic sockets. The Extremiti3D exhibit sign in this picture says I helped them w...

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Have a new innovative product idea? Need a million dollar Government grant to launch your business? Dr. Jim Wasson will be presenting a workshop on how to win Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants at the University of Houston on Feb 21. Register now to learn on how to catapult your in...

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The Federal SBIR/STTR programs are the nation's largest source of early stage/high risk R&D funding, with over $2.5 billion awarded annually to qualified small businesses! The process is complex with a steep learning curve, but the impact of receiving millions in non-dilutive funding is worth the...

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We had an excellent experience working with Dr. Wasson! We truly appreciate his guidance and detailed feedback!
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Jim is a leading expert in grant funding. He has been proactive in helping us identify grant funding opportunities that fit our strategic objectives and in leading us through several successful proposal development cycles.
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Services & Qualifications

Services Offered:

Consulting Services:

Technical Commercialization business and management consultant to the U.S. Government, Universities, and private industry specializing in strategic planning, business development, project management and business operations regarding the design, development, manufacture and market introduction of new products to achieve profitable and sustainable growth. 


Montana State University TechLink Center – Providing Technical And Business Assistance (TABA) to small businesses for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposal development, technology transfer, intellectual property, market research, technology commercialization strategy development, government cost accounting, and project management.

BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting - Developing and presenting  SBIR/STTR Online Training Courses. 

The Larta Institute – Principal Advisor to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Energy (DOE) SBIR/STTR Commercialization Assistance Programs helping awardees develop and execute viable commercialization plans, develop Intellectual Property strategies and form strategic partnerships.

ATSI - Assisting contractors enrolled in the US Navy SBIR Transition Program (STP) with understanding how to obtain commercial financing, including business loans, crowdfunding, and venture capital.

Vital Strategies – Facilitating SBIR/STTR workshops at various Universities and Entrepreneur Centers and conducting Economic Impact Studies.  

University of South Carolina – Technology Commercialization Consultant at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helping small businesses develop new products and services, take them to market and obtain financing including grants, contracts, equity and loans.

YoH Aerospace & Defense - Provided composite fabrication manufacturing engineering project management support to Boeing South Carolina on the 787 Dreamliner program. 

BRTRC – Consultant to the Air Force and Navy SBIR/STTR Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP) assisting small business to form strategic partnerships with Prime contractors and develop technology transition plans.

Bennett Aerospace Inc. – Fractional VP of Strategy and Business Development providing leadership, coaching and direction to help the company achieve a NC state award for capturing the most SBIR/STTR awards in a single year.


Business Leader  Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at BAE Systems Inc. - planned and directed new product development for 16 product lines overseeing 600 engineers at 7 US and UK locations. Created and led the BAE Systems Innovation Venture. 20 years of experience as Director/Manager of Engineering Technology, Program Management and Business Development at GE Aviation (Smiths Aerospace) and Boeing (McDonnell Douglas). 

Serial Entrepreneur  Co-founder of ProLink, Inc that developed and produced the first patented GPS Golf Course Management System.  ProLink was acquired by GPS Industries LLC.  Co-founder of Avionics Engineering Services, Inc. that designs and installs custom avionic systems in military and corporate jet aircraft.  AES was acquired by Aerovation.

Academic Leader  Chair of the University of Phoenix Graduate Business and Management College for the West Michigan Campuses and Adjunct Professor for 15 years. Helped develop the MBA in Technology Management curriculum. Published four textbooks. 

Credentials  PhD. and MBA in International Business Management. BS Engineering Technology. SBA certified SBIR/STTR Consultant. PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Government Contracts Management Certificate. DoD TOP SECRET Clearance.

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Growth Strategies International, LLC
Call Us:  (607) 727-4727

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: By appointment
Sunday: Closed


“I am confident that without the guidance and support provided by Jim Wasson, I would not have been awarded the contract funding I needed to launch my business.” 
- Barry Hand Co-Founder, CEO at Extremiti3D February 8, 2019, Barry was a client of James’       

“Dr. Wasson is an excellent business and grant writing consultant. I worked with Dr. Wasson to assist with writing a Phase I SBIR grant in 2017 while he worked at SBDC in North Charleston, SC. The grant was funded and he has been a tremendous resource.” 
- Cephus E Simmons, Sr., MRS, RRA Medical Professional | Entrepreneur | Inventor | Preacher | Researcher | US Navy Veteran February 6, 2019, Cephus E was a client of James’     

“Dr. Wasson is an excellent resource for a winning SBIR proposal.” 
- Anne Marie Wiesman EDWOSB Co-Founder & CEO at WorkWies Technologies February 5, 2019, Anne Marie was a client of James’ 

"Jim, I am happy to report that we received our Notice of Award today for the NIMH SBIR grant...I want to sincerely thank you for your continued confidence and support of Zeriscope. It is truly appreciated."
Bill Harley, Chief Executive Officer, Zeriscope, Inc., September 13, 2019, Bill was a client of James'

"Day 85 - Keep Coming Back", 2018-10-16 by Matt Hampton
I'm around a lot of entrepreneurs.  There is something about people who strive and build, who create something from nothing and understand the joy and struggle that goes along with it.  We all have dreams, those goals we want to attain that come in many forms.  Some of us love to design, others to build, some love the thrill of watching an organization grow.  We all have different things that we pursue for varying reasons, but there is one universal need we all have.  All entrepreneurs need guidance and support, we need wisdom from people who have walked that path before.  As I walk my own path, with all of these connections and knowledge, today I got some time with Jim Wasson and he knows how to build. Jim's story is incredible and there are some interesting overlaps between the two of us and our paths.  He is a builder, a true builder, of machines, processes and businesses.  He loves it.  Jim is the kind of guy who works with his hands and his mind, they are joined in this incredible dance.  As a young man he started with Ham radios at the age of 12, built and raced drag cars and found his way to the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.  There he studied aviation and the maintenance of aircraft systems.  We share this background, I served as a crew chief on heavy cargo aircraft in the Air Force.  I love maintainers, we are just a different breed, people who know the truly losing battle of trying to make a machine under so much stress perfect, but also people who know what it is to truly have made something fly.  We are the lesser known names, the hands and eyes, blood and sweat that make those marvelous machines glide across the sky.   Hearing Jim talk about his time working in the Virgin Islands on the Grumman Goose, a seaplane for the uninitiated, first on the structure itself and then on the avionics components is listening to someone whose adventures combined with something that made them happy.  Builders want to build, to work with their hands, to see things come to life.  Jim wanted more, and soon found himself in California at Northrup University with the same job because of a wonderful convergence where his employer in the Virgin Islands owned a company in California as well.  He studied Engineering Technology and then went on an amazing journey in aviation working at Northrup on the F-18, then McDonnell Douglass on the Apache and on down the road of a brilliant career, culminating in his role as CTO of BAE systems.  During his career, Jim wrote textbooks as well, and with the knowledge he has it is no surprise, he acquired an MBA and PhD during this time as well.  Currently, he is a consultant at the SBA Small Business Development Center, helping people build and develop their businesses.  Jim is a builder, a true builder. All of that would be impressive by itself, and it certainly tests the limits of my word count for this particular blog, but it is that, while working and studying, Jim founded two companies, and his third upon leaving BAE, that makes him even more amazing.  His first company dealt with avionics installation, forming a strategic partnership with Leerjet to help upgrade avionics components in business aircraft.  He was in school at the time.  That company is still in business.  He is proud of that, his eyes gleam and his smile gets a bit wider, he is a builder, he builds things to last.   His second company involved the application of GPS technology for golf courses, using the network, which was new at the time, to help scout the geography of holes and provide that information via a golf cart screen.  The ProLink GPS system, their product, is actually deployed at the Patriots Point glof course in Charleston as well as over 1500 other golf courses in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Japan.  The story of this product is, like the story of so many products, not linear.  It involved moving forward, learning of a difficulty, reapproaching and then moving back.  From the product itself, to pricing, to raising capital for the company, the journey was not simple, it involved a great deal of learning.  Jim loves to learn, he's an engineer, he's a builder, this work is in his DNA.  This company was sold as the market evolved and the founders came out very well.  They stuck in there, they fought, they listened and they learned.   Maybe that is the greatest lesson that can be taken from Jim, that we need to be open and learn.  Giving up is not the answer, nor is limitless, blind, false optimism.  Sometimes things are going wrong, sometimes things are difficult.  it is important for you to ask why these things are happening, to explore for the cause and find a way to fix it.  Process is important, Jim will tell you this often, but it is also important to understand your constraints.  Only through understanding those can you begin to figure out what you need to do to improve. Jim is a builder, a true builder, and I am very happy with the time I spent with him today.  I wish I had more space to do his story justice, but those are the constraints of this story.  Walking to my car from our meeting I feel like I have learned a lot and had the fact that I must be prepared to adapt reinforced.  It is good to hear things from people who have traveled the road you are on earlier, to learn from those who have walked it and try your best to apply that knowledge.  


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