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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.

July 2014 Issue


Wheelchair Manufacturer Acquired

TiLite, a custom manual wheelchair designer and manufacturer, was acquired by Swedish company Permobil, which builds power wheelchairs.  TiLite, with 200 employees, will remain at its Pasco, Washington plant. Read more ...

Tech Opportunities and Resources

Clean Energy Pitch Opportunity

Clean energy startups are invited to apply to present their business opportunities at the Industry Growth Forum on October 28-29, in Denver, Colorado.  Thirty startups will be selected to pitch to clean tech investors. Apply by July 18. More information

Green Recognition Program

Businesses, non-profits, groups, and individuals who reside in or do business in Richland are encouraged to nominate themselves or others for the Green Recognition Program. Apply by July 28.  More information.

Tech Dates and Deadlines

8(a) Certification

July 9. Minority-owned firms are invited to attend a free 8(a) certification workshop on July 9 from 10 am to noon at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick, Washington.  Small Business Administration Representatives will describe 8(a) certification eligibility, benefits, and application process.  Read more and register ,,,

Grand Opening for Research District Apartments

July 15. The Lofts at Innovation Center celebrates its grand opening on July 15 from 3-6 pm. The Lofts apartments, in the Tri-Cities Research District in North Richland, offer modern, spacious living within walking distance to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University. Ninety-one percent of the units were rented as of 6-30-14.   Read more or call (509) 713-7200...

PNNL This Month

Science Newsletter from PNNL

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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