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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. Visit the EDO Home page to subscribe to this Newsletter. Browse the archives for back issues.

February 2012 Issue

  • 2012 PreCede grant competition now open
    The new PreCede grant competition is designed to help position eligible early-stage Washington state life sciences companies for near-term equity investment. more...
  • Founder's Co-op raises $8M angel fund
    The angel investment fund led by Andy Sack and Chris DeVore, Founder's Co-op, has raised a new $8M fund from some of the top names in the Seattle technology community. more...
  • Export assistance
    The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) International Marketing Program is offering assistance to Washington's small businesses. more...
  • Grant opportunities are listed on washbio.org
    Research grants are a great source of non-dilutive capital that can enable you to further de-risk the science and technology that serve as the foundation of your business. more...
  • Technology Assistance available for technology-based businesses
    Is your small, technology based business faced with a specific challenge, but lacking the necessary resources or expertise to pave a clear path forward? Would technical assistance from a world class scientist or engineer help your company? If the answer is yes, the Technology Assistance Program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory may be just what you're looking for. more...
  • SBIR proposal writing basics: articles
    Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc. is a contributing author to the SBIR/STTR Alerting Service provided by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. more...
  • Cleantech Open and CLEEN | NW - Fostering and Funding Cleantech Innovation
    February 15. Hear from panels of experienced investors and entrepreneurs about the challenges and opportunities derived from building clean tech ventures, what's unique about clean tech funding, and what the outlook is for the clean tech space. more...
  • SBIR Intro - webinar
    February 22. The SBIR Intro webinar will introduce attendees to SBIR/STTR programs, the services that the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center provides to those looking to submit proposals, as well as sources of additional program information. more...
  • Young Professionals in Energy February Happy Hour
    February 23. Originally scheduled for January and cancelled due to weather, the Young Professionals in Energy - Tri-Cities presents its February Happy Hour speaker, Robin Conger, as she shares how entrepreneurs can benefit from working with an experienced mentor who can provide guidance for career and business growth. more...
  • 10th Annual BioPartnering in North America
    February 26. The objective of this conference is to facilitate partnering/licensing deals and collaborations between North American life science companies and their international counterparts. more...
  • Phase 1 Overview: Pre-proposal Work, Common Pitfalls - webinar
    February 29. A great deal of the effort that goes into the preparation of a Phase 1 proposal comes BEFORE you actually sit down to write the proposal. more...
  • The Innovation Showcase
    March 2. The Innovation Showcase, a program of the Technology Alliance, helps bridge the gap between research and commercialization by highlighting the most promising discoveries and new technologies ready for commercialization in Washington. more...
  • 2012 TRIDEC annual meeting
    March 7. Jesse Berst, a Tri-Cities native and Managing Director of Global SmartEnergy of Redmond, WA, will be the keynote speaker at TRIDEC's annual meeting. more...
  • Alliance NW Conference
    March 15. The Alliance NW Conference, hosted by the Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center with the support of federal agencies and state offices, provides businesses with a single day of networking and procurement training opportunities. 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 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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