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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.

October 2008 Issue

This section describes news, appointees, and events related to the Tri-Cities Research District. The Research District is a vibrant, 1,600-acre mixed-use area in north Richland, Wash. with more than 80 employers and an emphasis on science and technology companies and organizations. Contact at (509) 375-3060. Other Research District tenant news appears in this newsletter as indicated by the symbol *.

  • Digital firms offer internships
    Vivid Learning Systems and Imageworks Digital Media, both based in Pasco, Wash., are seeking interns for graphic design, interactive programming, marketing, and/or sales. more...
  • Microloan program established
    Local companies may receive up to $250,000 in loans for business development and expansion. The Columbia Regional Economic Development Trust (CREDiT) has been set up to provide "microloans" to businesses in the Tri-Cities, Wash. more...
  • Resources online
    1) The article "Web 2.0 taking over business communications" was published in the Tri-City Herald on August 31. more...
  • SmartMap Expo
    SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2. The Tri-City Development Council's 6th Annual SmartMap Expo, a large manufacturing networking event, will be held September 30 through October 2 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash. more...
  • Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium
    OCTOBER 15-16. DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION BY SEPTEMBER 30. The 2008 Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium will be held October 15-16 in Pasco, Wash. more...
  • Washington Economic Development Association conference
    OCTOBER 8-10. The 2008 Fall Washington Economic Development Association Conference, "Economic Prosperity through Partnerships," will include seminars on branding, project implementation and funding, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and business retention and recruitment tools. more...
  • Small Business Innovation Research conference
    OCTOBER 28-29. The 2008 Idaho Regional Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Conference will teach small businesses how to apply for and write grant proposals that can lead to millions of dollars in federal grants. more...
  • Small Business Regional luncheon
    OCTOBER 30. The Washington Policy Center will hold a Small Business Regional Luncheon to help small businesses understand how new legislation could impact their businesses, and to help them with ideas for making their companies more "green." The luncheon is October 30 at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland, Wash. more...
  • Seminars for Small Business
    The Columbia Basin College Institute for Professional Development offers the following workshops in October, from 6 to 9 pm. more...

  • Entrepreneur University conference
    NOVEMBER 6. REGISTER BY NOVEMBER 4. The Northwest Entrepreneur Network's "Entrepreneur University 2008: Raise Your eIQ" conference is scheduled for November 6 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. more...
  • Learn About Web conference
    NOVEMBER 7. The first annual "Learn About Web" conference is scheduled for November 7 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash. more...

We invite your contributions! We will consider items that fit the mission of this publication, including your tech-related news, awards, and notices of upcoming events. Please send text to or call (509) 372-6013.

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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