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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 2008 Issue

This section describes news, appointees, and events related to the Tri-Cities Research District. The Research District is a vibrant, 1,600-acre mixed-use area in north Richland, Wash. with more than 80 employers and an emphasis on science and technology companies and organizations. Contact at (509) 375-3060. Other Research District tenant news appears in this newsletter as indicated by the symbol *.

  • Battelle donation put to work
    The first phase of the $100,000 donation from Battelle to the Tri-Cities Research District is being used to attract technology-based businesses and researchers to the area, which could mean significant growth to the Tri-Cities. more...
  • Research funding grants
    Washington technology businesses looking to partner with a university or nonprofit researcher on innovative technology projects are invited to apply for a funding award through the Washington Technology Center's Research & Technology Development Awards program . more...
  • *Styrofoam packing peanuts requested for SIGN
    The Richland, Wash.-based Surgical Implant Generation Network is asking for donations of StyrofoamTM peanuts used to pack items for shipment. more...
  • Alumni update available now
    The summer issue of the Tri-City Alumni Update newsletter is now available on line. It focuses on recreational and arts opportunities and includes a profile of former Tri-Citian Travis Senger, now a film and video producer. more...
  • TRIDEC building for sale
    The Tri-City Development Council's current office building is available for purchase. The building is located in Kennewick, Wash., near Columbia Center Mall as well as Lowe's® and Target. more...
  • Change Management and Control Imperative
    SEPTEMBER 16. REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 10. The Columbia Basin chapter of the American Society for Quality's September meeting will feature leadership and organizational development expert Joe Estey presenting "Change Management and the Control Imperative." Estey will share how successful, internationally recognized quality-focused organizations use transition as a process for improvement, rather than an obstacle to performance. more...
  • Seminars for Small Businesses
    The Columbia Basin College Institute for Professional Development offers the following workshops in September, from 6 to 9 pm. more...
  • SmartMap Expo
    SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2. The Tri-City Development Council's 6th Annual SmartMap Expo, a large manufacturing networking event, will be held September 30 through October 2 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash. more...
  • Power of Angel Investing Seminar
    SEPTEMBER 26. REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 15. Delta Angel Group, in partnership with Connect Northwest and Gonzaga University's Hogan Program, will host an all-day seminar for accredited investors. more...

  • Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium
    OCTOBER 15-16. DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION BY SEPTEMBER 30. The 2008 Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium will be held October 15-16 in Pasco, Wash. more...
  • Small Business Innovation Research conference
    OCTOBER 28-29. The 2008 Idaho Regional Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Conference will teach small businesses how to apply for and write grant proposals that can lead to millions of dollars in federal grants. more...
  • Learn About Web conference
    NOVEMBER 7. The first annual "Learn About Web" conference is scheduled for November 7 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash. 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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