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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. Browse the archives for back issues.

August 2011 Issue

  • Online Export Assistance Portal and Workshops
    The Washington Small Business Development Council has launched an online export assistance portal for Washington small business owners who want to explore and expand their international trade. more...
  • NASA 2011 SBIR and STTR Solicitation Notices
    Eligible small businesses are invited to submit proposals in response to the NASA 2011 solicitation. more...
  • 2011 Commercialization Grant Competition
    The Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) is now accepting pre-proposals in the second round of the 2011 commercialization grant competition. more...
  • Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship
    The Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship program aims to encourage creative and highly-trained recipients of doctoral degrees in National Science Foundation-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematical disciplines to engage in hands-on research projects in their areas of expertise at the kind of small innovative businesses that historically have fueled the nation's economic regime. more...
  • Federal Funding Opportunities
    August 15. The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced three new Federal Funding Opportunities under its Research and National Technical Assistance programs, which fund research and technical assistance projects to promote competitiveness and innovation in distressed rural and urban regions throughout the United States and its territories. more...
  • Catalyst Awards Nominations Now Open
    August 17. The Catalyst Awards recognize contributions by individuals, organizations and businesses that demonstrate the utilization of innovation and technology to bring economic growth and prosperity to the region.?? Nominations are now open and must be submitted no later than August 17. more...
  • Smartmap Expo 2011
    September 28 - 29. Find out which advanced manufacturing concepts work for you, and which don't . more...
  • 2011 Inland Northwest Manufacturers Expo - Connecting Manufacturers. Growing Business. Creating Jobs
    October 11 and 12. Greater Spokane Incorporated and the Manufacturer's Round Table is proud to bring a new event to the Inland Northwest-the 2011 Inland Northwest Manufacturing Expo. more...
  • 7th Annual Oregon Lab2Market Entrepreneurship Intensive
    August 31 - September 1. Targeting innovators with early-stage ideas, the Oregon Lab2Market Entrepreneurship Intensive is an experiential workshop to help shape good ideas to reach the marketplace. more...
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory's 24th Industry Growth Forum
    November 8 - 10. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Industry Growth Forum is the United States' premier event for emerging clean energy and energy efficiency technology startups to gain exposure to and feedback from venture capitalists, corporate investors, government agencies, and strategic partners. more...
  • PNNL Wins Two FLC Far West Regional Awards
    The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Far West Region has bestowed upon PNNL two 2011 awards for Outstanding Commercialization Success. more...
  • Mentor-Protege Program
    Are you looking to get a technology-based business off the ground or to the next level? Would you like to be teamed with a seasoned professional in your field who can offer advice on how to develop and define a strong business strategy? Then PNNL's Mentor-Protégé program could be for you. more...
  • Technology Available for Licensing
    PNNL technologies and patents that are available for licensing can be found on the Available Technologies website. more...
  • SBIR Alerting Service
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's free, award-winning SBIR/STTR Alerting Service is a nationwide resource that improves small business access to a substantial source of R&D capital for entrepreneurial ventures. 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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