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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 2015 Issue


Carbitex Receives Impact Washington Manufacturer of the Year Award

Carbitex, a market leader in flexible carbon fiber technology, received the Impact Washington Manufacturer of the Year Award from the Tri-City Development Council at the Grow Manufacturing Expo in October.  Carbitex was founded in 2011 and is located in Kennewick, WA. More about the Grow Manufacturing Expo…..

UniWest Releases New Surface Imaging Instrumente

UniWest announced the release of a new eddy current instrument that allows real-time surface imaging along with customary eddy current signal displays in the form of impedance plane, A-scan, or strip-chart displays. UniWest, based in Pasco, WA, provides instruments that help solve non-destructive testing challenges in the aerospace, automotive, power generation, primary metal, and manufacturing industries.  Learn more….

Burn Sells 100,000th Clean Burning Cook Stove

Burn, a high-efficiency cook stove manufacturer that received technology assistance from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, sold its 100,000th cook stove in east Africa.  This milestone means that that more than 500,000 people in Kenya are benefitting from stoves that reduce emissions and fuel costs by more than 60%.  Learn more….

SCORE Scores Record-Breaking Numbers

The Mid-Columbia Tri-Cities SCORE, which provides local small businesses with mentoring and workshops, received news of record numbers in their year-end 2014-2015 report.  During the year, more than 6,700 people were mentored through more than 4,200 volunteer hours, with 41 businesses successfully started.   To see all of the numbers and learn about SCORE….

Benton-Franklin Trends Newsletter Launched

The Benton-Franklin Trends newsletter is a new resource that provides data and analysis about a variety of factors in Benton and Franklin counties that are useful for government, businesses, economic development organizations, media, non-profits, and grant writers. The information is also useful to those external to the counties, for example when considering new businesses or job relocation.  Large amounts of information are compiled from the most reputable sources and are presented in layperson terms. To see the newsletter…..

Tech Opportunities and Resources

InnovateHER Challenge Opens to Eastern Washington Businesses

The Washington State Small Business Development Center is hosting the InnovateHER challenge for businesses in eastern Washington.  The challenge is aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families. Local business competitions will be held to showcase the ideas.  Finalists will compete nationally for $70,000 in prize money.  Deadline to register is November 8.  To learn more about this challenge ….

ARPA-E Offers $30M Funding through New SHIELD Program

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy announced up to $30 million in funding for projects that focus on improving energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings.  The new Single-pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs program—or SHIELD—aims to cut heat loss for improved building efficiency by developing innovative materials that are transparent and insulating to retrofit existing single-pane windows.  Concept papers are due November 18.  To view the Funding Opportunity Announcement and apply….

Tech Dates and Deadlines

2015 Industry Growth Forum

November 3-4.   The 2015 Industry Growth Forum will be held November 3-4, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, CO.  This forum will feature presentations by 30 emerging clean energy companies, dedicated one-on-one sessions, and thought leadership panels.  Cost to attend is $500 for participants from government/non-profit agencies, $700 for participants from professional organizations.  Each startup company applicant receives one discounted registration of $300 to attend, with subsequent registrations at the government/non-profit rate.   For more information and to register…..

Hispanic Chamber Offers Free Small Business Seminars

November 3 and 10.  The Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is offering free business strategies seminars, in Spanish, at the Downtown Pasco Development Authority Office in Pasco, WA.  The seminars, which are part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Commerce, are being held Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and include the following:

  • November 3: Human Resources and Legal
  • November 10: Information Technology and Social Media. 

For more information, contact the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber at (509) 542-0933.

Green Technologies Suppliers Meetings

November 17-19.   The Green Technologies Suppliers Meetings is a one-of-a-kind business forum that gives U.S.-based manufacturers in the green technology industry a chance to meet with utilities, the Department of Energy, and large conglomerates in an effort to increase their sales abroad.  The meetings will be held November 17-19 in Seattle, WA.  Cost is $250 per participant.  To learn more and register.

Updates to Government Contracting Programs

November 18.   The Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) is presenting “Updates to Government Contracting Programs,” on November 18 from 10 – 11:30 am at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Portland, OR.  A webinar option is also available.  Participants will learn about recent regulatory changes and judicial decisions that significantly affect those who are small business government contractors as well as large businesses in joint ventures or teaming agreements with small businesses.   No cost to PNDC members, $50 for non-members.  To learn more and register for the workshop or webinar….

Government Contracting Essentials

November 20 and December 10.   Washington Procurement Technology Assistance Center is offering “Government Contracting Essentials,” on November 20 from 8 – 10 am at Greater Spokane Incorporated in Spokane, WA, and on December 10 from 8:30 – 10:30 am at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick, WA.  This workshop helps participants understand what it takes to become a successful government contractor and provides information on the top elements for growing businesses in this marketplace.   No cost to attend.  Register for the workshop in Spokane or Kennewick.

Meet the Buyer: Doing Business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

December 8.   Washington Procurement Technology Assistance Center presents “Meet the Buyer: Doing Business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers” on December 8 from 9 – 11  am, at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick, WA.  Participants will learn more about how to sell to the Army Corps and be better prepared to take part in this federal government marketplace.  No cost to attend.  For more information and to register….

PNNL This Month

California 2100: More Frequent and More Severe Droughts and Floods Likely

A PNNL study published in Nature Communications suggests that the weather patterns known as El Nino and La Nina could lead to at least a doubling of extreme droughts and floods in California later this century.  A better understanding of what gives rise to El Nino and La Nina cycles—together known as El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)—might help California predict and prepare for more frequent droughts and floods in the coming century.  “Wet and dry years in California are linked to El Nino and La Nina.  That relationship is getting stronger,” said PNNL atmospheric scientist Jin-Hoo Yoon.  “Our study shows that ENSO will be exhibiting increasing control over California weather.”  Learn more….

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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