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This monthly e-mailed update contains news, opportunities, upcoming events, and other information about Mid-Columbia tech businesses and the organizations that support them.

March 2015 Issue


LiveTiles LLC Opening in Tri-Cities Research District

LiveTiles, LLC, a New York-based software company, is opening a research and development operation at the Tri-Cities Research District.  Known for software that features a “drag and drop” business app that allows for easy website design using Microsoft products,  LiveTiles LLC will start with five Richland, WA-based employees but hopes that number will grow rapidly.  More about Live Tiles LLC’s planned opening….

UniEnergy Recognized in Seattle Business Magazine

UniEnergy Technologies, a Mukilteo, Washington company developing grid-scale storage batteries using vanadium-flow technology, was featured in the February 2015 issue of Seattle Business Magazine.  UniEnergy’s technology was developed based on a method developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and then converted to a commercial product.   Since last May, UniEnergy has generated more than $10 million in sales of systems with a total output capacity of 4 megawatts.  Read the article….

Bouchey, Frichette Receive ATHENA Awards

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized two community leaders with ATHENA awards at the Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference on January 28.  Past recipient Paula Linnen, Associate Laboratory Director for Organizational Development at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, presented Toby Bouchey with the ATHENA Leadership Award®.  Bouchey, broker and part owner of Windemere Group One, received the award for her professional excellence, community service, and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.  Shae Frichette, owner of Frichette Winery, was presented with the ATHENA Young Professional Award® for her demonstration of business excellence, creativity, and initiative.   Learn more about the recipients….

Regional Economic Outlook Held in Tri-Cities, Washington

Business and economic experts are predicting that residents in Benton and Franklin Counties will do better financially in the coming year, at least more so than previous years.  The experts gathered at the Tri-City Development Council’s Regional Economic Outlook held February 4 in Pasco, WA.  Read what the experts had to say….

Tech Opportunities and Resources

Website to Apply for Tri-Cities Economic Gardening Program Now Available

The Tri-Cities Economic Gardening Program website is available for submittal of applications by businesses that would like to receive valuable strategic information.  The program is offered by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and funded by Battelle and Gesa.  Five businesses will be selected from these applications.  Businesses must be for-profit, privately held companies headquartered and operating in Benton or Franklin Counties; have between $1 million and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants; and employ 10 to 99 full-time equivalent W-2 employees, including the owner.  To view eligibility criteria and complete an application, see the website.

Mid-Columbia Small Business Awards

Submit your nomination for the 20th Annual Mid-Columbia Small Business of the Year Awards, which recognizes small business throughout Benton and Franklin Counties for their exceptional customer service, outstanding commitment to employees, and superior community relations.  If you are aware of a small business that meets these criteria—or if you own such a business—nominations can be submitted for recognition as Small Business of the Year and Micro-Business of the Year by April 3, 2015. Intent to nominate forms are due March 20, 2015.  The awards banquet will be held May 12 at the Three Rivers Convention Center.  To submit a nomination…..

Tech Dates and Deadlines

Alliance Northwest

March 5.  The 2015 Alliance Northwest will be held from 7:30 am to 4 pm at the Sleep Country Showplex in Puyallup, WA.  Business that attend will have the opportunity to meet agency buyers and prime contractors; attend workshops led by government purchasing experts, prime contractors and government representatives who will discuss what it takes to succeed in a competitive government marketplace; and learn about the latest trends and opportunities in the marketplace. Registration to attend is $115.   To register for the event…..

Regional Contracting Forum

March 10.  The Regional Contracting Forum will be held from 8 am to 3:30 pm in the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA.  Participants will have the opportunity to introduce their businesses to the region’s government agencies such as King County, Port of Seattle, University of Washington, Sound Transit, Washington Department of Transportation, Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, Port of Tacoma, and City of Seattle.  No cost to attend.  To register….

Consequences of a Cyber Catastrophe

March 19.  The Prosser Economic Development Association is presenting “Consequences of a Cyber Catastrophe: Protecting and Managing Cyber Risk in Your Business” from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, WA.  Participants will learn about the types of attacks used to steal sensitive data as well as the business owner’s legal liability for protecting personally identifiable information.  Cost is $10; hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.  For more information and to register….

Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium

April 15-16.  The Hanford Small Business Council is presenting the 12th annual “Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium” at TRAC in Pasco, WA.  Participants will attend breakout sessions with leading industry and government experts as well as a networking and business opportunity expo.  For information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kayla Pratt of the Tri-City Development Council (509-736-1000).

Understanding Government Contracting Solicitations

April 28.  Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center is offering “Understanding Government Contracting Solicitations,” from 9 am to 10:30 am at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick, WA. This workshop will help participants better understand complicated government solicitations, including types and elements of solicitations, responding to Sources Sought Notifications, and tips and tricks to respond to requests for proposals.  No cost to attend.  To register…..

Government Contracting Essentials

May 12.  Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center is offering “Government Contracting Essentials,” from 9 am to 11 am at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick, WA.  This workshop teaches the basics of marketing and selling products and services to federal, state, and local government agencies.  Participants will learn how to classify their products and services, how to register in correct databases, the small business programs and certifications available, and marketing strategies.   No cost to attend.  To register….

PNNL This Month

Tracking Fish Easier, Quicker, Safer with New Injectable Device

Fish no longer need to go under the knife to help researchers understand how they swim through hydroelectric dams, thanks to a new injectable tracking device developed by researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  The device is one-third as heavy as earlier tracking mechanisms; is less invasive, allowing the fish to heal faster;  and provides more reliable information about fish behavior.  "Our new tag essentially allows fish to undergo a quick outpatient procedure,” said PNNL researcher Zhiqun ‘Daniel’ Deng.  “Tags have been used to track and evaluate fish movement for decades, but this is the first acoustic transmitter that can be inserted with a simple needle injection.”  Learn more about this new technology….

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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 DOE-Richland's vision for the future of the Hanford Site and surrounding area through the creation of research opportunities, new industries, and new business clusters