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Tri-Cities Tech Business Update

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.

January 2017 Issue

  • Energy Northwest Named Employer of the Year
    The Association of Washington Business has named Energy Northwest its 2016 Employer of the Year.  The award caps a years-long effort by Energy Northwest to improve employee engagement and work-life balance, re-dedicate efforts to be a military-friendly employer through focused recruitment and hiring programs, and promote STEM education across its community. more...
  • WSU-Tri-Cities Awarded Biofuels Grant
    Washington State University-Tri-Cities has been awarded a $50,000 National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore market potential of their biojet fuel research. more...
  • New Co-Working Space Opening in Kennewick
    Connect Workplace, a new co-working space, is opening in mid-January in Kennewick.  The business is offering a variety of packages and services for customers who seek office space, cubicles, virtual office space, or day passes. more...
  • Benton-Franklin Trends Newsletter
    The newest issue of Benton-Franklin Trends Newsletter is now available.  This issue provides information on the net number of business created, patents issued to people and businesses, and the apartment vacancy rate in Benton and Franklin counties. more...
  • Young Professionals Tri-Cities Becomes Emerging Tri-Cities
    Young Professionals Tri-Cities has been renamed Emerging Tri-Cities, with the mission to empower meaningful professional development by attracting professionals across the region to attend events that have passionate, thought-provoking speakers. more...
  • Intensive SBIR/STTR Workshop
    January 5.  Candidates for federal R&D funding through the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer programs are invited to attend the Intensive SBIR/STTR Workshop on January 5, 8 am – 4:30 pm at the Walgreens Auditorium at Washington State University – Spokane. more...
  • Business Enterprise Startup Training
    January 5.  Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center is offering the live, instructor-led webinar “Business Enterprise, Startup Training” on January 5 at 9 am. 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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