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This monthly e-mailed update contains news, opportunities, upcoming events, and other information about Mid-Columbia tech businesses and the organizations that support them. Visit the EDO Home page to subscribe to this Newsletter. Browse the archives for back issues.

December 2014 Issue

  • Session Held on Crowdfunding for Business
    Seattle attorney Joseph Wallin, who wrote Washington’s bill on equity crowdfunding—raising money through groups of sometimes unknown investors largely across the internet—shared his expertise November 18 at the Energy Northwest auditorium in Richland, WA. more...
  • Avegant Raises More than $9M for Glyph(TM)
    The company that makes an innovative multimedia headset based on technology from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) recently raised $9.37M in venture capital from Intel and others. more...
  • Mid-Columbia Small Business Awards
    Submit your application for the 20th Annual Mid-Columbia Small Business of the Year Awards, which recognizes small business throughout Benton and Franklin Counties for their exceptional customer service, outstanding commitment to employees, and superior community relations. more...
  • National Partner Sought for Job Talent Development
    The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration is seeking proposals for a national partner to help coordinate the Accelerating Industry-led Partnerships for Regional Talent Development Program. more...
  • SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity
    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has released its FY15 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I funding opportunity announcements. more...
  • SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Program
    A first-ever U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Phase 0 Program is now in place to assist eligible small business in navigating the complexities of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal process. more...
  • Business Resource Now Available
    Businesses now have a new way to find federal laboratory resources available to them. The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for Technology Transfer has created FLCBusiness, the first comprehensive database of federal laboratory resources available for public and cross-agency use. more...
  • Selling to Hanford and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    December 2.  Want to learn more about how to sell products and services to the Hanford prime contractors and PNNL? Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce present “Meet the Buyer: Doing Business with the Hanford Primes and PNNL” on December 2 from 2 – 4 pm at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick, WA. more...
  • Government Contracting
    December 9 and 10.  Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce are partnering to present two government contracting workshops. more...
  • SBIR Program Briefing, Workshop, and Seminar
    January 15.  Jim Greenwood, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) expert trainer and consultant, will present information that will help small businesses and their partners take advantage of the $2.1 billion available through federal research grant programs. more...
  • Women in Business Conference
    January 28.  The Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding its Women in Business Conference on January 28 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at TRAC Center in Pasco, WA. more...
  • Synthetic Fish Measures Wild Ride through Dams
    Daniel Deng and his research team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a newer version of Sensor Fish, a small tubular device filled with sensors that analyze the physical stresses fish experience as they travel through hydroelectric dams. more...

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Tri-Cities Tech Business Update is published by the Economic Development Office at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Each month, we send you an e-mail message, giving you the link of news, tips, awards, upcoming events, and other information about local technology-based businesses and organizations that support them. With business and community partners, our goal is to build and diversify the Tri-Cities economy—adding skilled jobs in primary-sector industries that bring in outside dollars. Currently, more than 1,100 tech-related businesses, investors, and economic development stakeholders subscribe to the newsletter, mostly in the Mid-Columbia area and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. This newsletter (RL-P00-009) supports PNSO's vision for the future of the Hanford Site and surrounding area through the creation of research opportunities, new industries, and new business clusters.

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