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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 2013 Issue

  • LSDF Accepting Pre-Proposals
    The Life Science Discovery Fund is currently accepting pre-proposals from Washington for-profit and non-profit organizations for both Proof of Concept and Opportunity grants. more...
  • Apps for Vehicles Challenge
    The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the Apps for Vehicles Challenge, which is looking for the best business plans, app ideas, and product designs that use open vehicle data to help vehicle owners save fuel, save money, and stay safe. more...
  • Innovate Washington Launches SBIR/STTR Funding Program
    Innovate Washington, the statewide public-private partnership that is the catalyst for economic growth in Washington's innovation economy, has launched its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant-writing program. more...
  • ExportWashington.com Offers Exporters a Portal to Support Services
    The Washington State Department of Commerce has launched a new site, ExportWashington.com, to help the State's small- and medium-sized businesses find local, state, and federal resources to support their export strategies. more...
  • Free Online Courses to Improve Software Skills
    Computer software training is available for free to Washington residents through the Employment Security Department. more...
  • New Routes for U.S.-Japan Collaboration / Ambassadorial Outreach Tour
    January 7. U.S. Ambassador to Japan, John Roos, will kick off his "New Routes for U.S.-Japan Collaboration" Outreach Tour in Seattle at "The Future of U.S.-Japan Technology Collaboration," a seminar designed to showcase the U.S.-Japan trade and investment relationships and new opportunities in the information technology, aviation, energy efficiency, materials science, logistics and retail sectors. more...
  • Venture Investment and Partnering Forum
    January 10 - 11. Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical's Venture Investment and Partnering (VIP) Forums present a unique opportunity for local life science entrepreneurs, companies and researchers to meet with quality investors and strategic partners. more...
  • Women in Business Conference
    January 23. The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference, presented by Washington River Protection Solutions, at the TRAC Center in Pasco. more...
  • Economic Outlook Summit
    January 24. The 14th Annual Tri-Cities Economic Outlook will be held at the Three Rivers Convention Center from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. more...
  • PTAC Class: Developing Your Capability Statement
    January 29. A capability statement is like a resume, only you use it for Government contracting. It provides potential clients with a concise overview of your company's qualifications and experience. 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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