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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.

November 2014 Issue


Fuse Opens in Richland

A space for co-working and community events opens to the public on November 3 at 710 George Washington Way in Richland, WA.  Fuse, SPC, the Tri-Cities first social purpose corporation, provides a shared work environment, community, and resources for the entrepreneurial, startup, artistic, and tech communities of the Tri-Cities. A number of open-house events are planned the week of November 3. Read more about Fuse …

Businesses Receive Growth Incentives

Congratulations to seven local technology-based businesses that were among the 45 that received funds toward websites, software, training, and equipment through the Small Business Incentive Program of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. The tech-based businesses that received incentives are Inline Computer & Communications, Kelley’s Tele-Communications, PixelSoft Films, Szen Corp., Talos Engineering, Teknologize, and WinSome, Inc. Washington River Protection Solutions contributed $30,000 to fund the incentives.

Tech Opportunities and Resources

SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has released its FY15 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I funding opportunity announcements.  To participate in a webinar on Topics 1-9 on November 4, 1:30 -3:30 pm EST, Register here.  Letters of intent are due December 15, 2014, and applications are due February 3, 2015. See the announcement and more information here …

Call for Presenters

Want to share your business expertise with others? The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking high-caliber, interactive, and experienced presenters or panelists for its 2015 Business Development University Program. Topics include marketing, leadership, customer service, human resources, and more. Programs are typically held on the last Thursday of the month from 1-3 pm at the Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center in Kennewick, WA. Topics and presenters change each month. Presenter applications are due November 3.  Download the presenter application and learn more …

MBA Students Will Help Your Business

An MBA student consulting group from the University of Washington is available to help businesses with recommendations on marketing, strategy, supply chains, and other functional areas. This is a fee-based program. Apply by November 3 for MBA Applied Strategy projects that start January 12.  MBA Field Study projects have flexible start dates beginning October 1. Read more …

Tech Dates and Deadlines

Meet the Chamber

November 4, RSVP by November 3.  The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce invites the community to attend a free event, “Meet the Chamber – Member Orientation & Refresher.” It’s November 4 from 3:30 – 5 pm at the office at 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Suite C, Kennewick, WA. For further questions or to RSVP, contact Kylie Elgin, Member Services and Programs Manager, at (509) 491-3241 or email

All About Exporting

November 6.  “Export 101: Your Door to the World” will help small businesses expand globally. This event, hosted by the Washington Export Outreach Team, is November 6 from 8:30 am – 5pm at the Port of Pasco, 1100 Osprey Pointe Blvd., Suite 201, Pasco, WA. It’s $30; materials and lunch are provided. More information:   Register here …  

The Future of Vista Field

November 10, 12, 13, and 15.  The airport in Vista Field, Kennewick, is closed and that land has been rezoned to commercial regional.  What does the future hold there? Public input is invited in “Sharing the Future of Vista Field,” a series of meetings on November 10, 12, 13, and 15.  They are at 6600 W. Deschutes, Building B, Kennewick, WA.  You can also email comments directly to, or call (509) 586-1186.  More information …

All About Crowdfunding

November 18, register by November 14. Curious about the new crowdfunding for equity law and what it could mean for your business? Come hear Joseph Wallin, an attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle, who drafted the equity crowdfunding bill that is now law in Washington state. He will speak on November 18, 4 – 6 pm, at the Energy Northwest Auditorium in Richland, WA. The free event includes a reception for further discussion and networking. Wallin is hosted by the Tri-Cities Research District Seminar Series; Young Professionals of the Tri-Cities; Fuse, SPC; and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Register by November 14 and learn more …  

PNNL This Month

Getting Clean Energy Technologies into the Marketplace

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) was selected as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Lab-Corps pilot program, designed to speed up the commercialization of national lab-developed clean energy technologies.  More information …

Are My Muscular Dystrophy Drugs Working?

PNNL researcher Michael Hughes, partnering with Washington University in Missouri, determined how well muscles damaged by muscular dystrophy responded to a drug in mice. They did so by processing ultrasound data in a way appropriate for small, low-power, and relatively inexpensive instruments. "The result implies you can monitor drug therapy with cheap point-of-care devices," said Hughes. "We'd like to be able to use low-power handheld instruments, such as a microphone-sized ultrasound that can fit on a smartphone,” Hughes said.  More information …

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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