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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.

September 2013 Issue

  • Make a Corporate Connection
    Would you like to make a connection with a leading company in your field? Tech startups are invited to apply to be considered for a match with an established corporation. more...
  • Tri-Cities Business Certificate Program
    The Tri-Cities Business Certificate Program is being offered by the UW Foster School of Business. It's a six-session program that provides business owners and professionals the opportunity to study proven business fundamentals and learn how to best apply them to growing companies. more...
  • Host an Open House for National Manufacturing Day
    In recognition of National Manufacturing Day, October 4, manufacturers, educational institutions, and others are encouraged to host events that will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs in manufacturing fields. more...
  • Life Science Discovery Fund Proof of Concept Grant
    September 4. The Life Sciences Discovery Fund is accepting applications from Washington state organizations for its Proof of Concept grant. more...
  • Geekwire Summit
    September 12. The GeekWire Summit explores the topics that shape Geekwire's daily coverage of the technology world, and identifies the trends that promise to change the world in the years ahead. more...
  • Understanding Government Contracting
    September 17. The state and federal governments purchase millions of dollars' worth of products and services from small businesses each year. more...
  • Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media Marketing
    September 18. Learn great tips and hints, and discover best practices as you explore marketing your business with email and social media. more...
  • Startup Weekend Tri-Cities Registration Open
    September 20 - 22. Startup Weekend is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas; it's a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, investors, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. more...
  • Meet the Buyer: Doing Business with Washington State Department of Transportation
    September 24. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) purchases millions of dollars' worth of products and services from area businesses each year. more...
  • Smartmap Expo
    September 25 & 26. This year's Smartmap Expo, The Magic of Manufacturing, focuses on growing your manufacturing business through innovation and inspiration. more...
  • Start Smart Workshop
    October 7. The three-hour practical and interactive workshop will help attendees learn how to save time and money by planning now for business success. more...
  • Government Contracting Workshop - Walla Walla
    October 9. What does it take to become a successful government contractor? Learn about the services and continuous support that the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has available to help your company with the contracting process. more...
  • Life Science Discovery Fund Mentor Program Grant
    October 4. The Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) is accepting applications from Washington state organizations for its Entrepreneur Mentoring Program. more...
  • Future Workforce Needs in Clean Energy
    October 17. The Tri-Cities Research District is sponsoring a joint event with Columbia Basin College to educate the public, legislators, and higher education institutions about regional energy efforts and new technologies to assist utilities in meeting the climate initiative milestones in 2015 and 2019. more...
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week Presentation
    November 19. During one week each November, thousands of activities around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial action while connecting them to potential mentors, collaborators, and investors. 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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