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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.

April 2012 Issue

  • FY2013 Technology Innovation opportunity announcement
    Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) Technology Innovation (TI) Office conducts an annual funding opportunity announcement requesting proposals that advance technologies/capabilities based on agency research guidance and strategic needs identified in the agency's technology road maps and FY2013 Topic Areas. more...
  • Nova Innovation Competition 2012
    Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company, announces a partnership with the U.S. more...
  • Wanted: Business Consultant for Innovate Washington
    Innovate Washington is seeking a Business Consultant for the greater Columbia Basin to coach and mentor start-up and high growth clients. more...
  • How do you win a startup weekend?
    In an article on GeekWire.com, Rebecca Lovell, GeekWire's chief business officer and former executive director of Northwest Entrepreneur Network, offers this advice: "When you have 54 hours to build a demo (or when you're a resource-constrained startup), focus on your customers' pain and how much better their lives will be with your solution." Another piece of advice: understand the difference between users and customers. more...
  • Forbes: Three important loan programs for small businesses
    Everyone in the market today knows small businesses are in dire need of capital and loans to finance their historic activity and their growth. more...
  • EMSL 2012 annual call for user proposals
    April 2. EMSL, PNNL's Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, is known for its cross-cutting diversity of instruments and expertise available under one roof. more...
  • Exporting Assistance in the Tri-Cities
    April 2. The International Marketing Program within the Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA) will be offering an exciting opportunity for Washington's small food and agricultural (including aquaculture) companies. more...
  • EDA Regional Training Conference
    April 3 - 5. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) Seattle Regional Office will conduct its 2012 Regional Training Conference, "Bringing Jobs Back through Innovation, Collaboration, and Leadership" in Portland, Oregon, April 3 - 5. more...
  • Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open
    April 10. Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, TRIDEC, and the PNNL Economic Development Office are bringing Cleantech Open to the Tri-Cities. more...
  • Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium
    April 18 - 19. In its ninth year, the Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium is a business expo with a focus on government contracting and doing business at Hanford, with exciting networking opportunities and educational breakout sessions. more...
  • Cleantech Open Accelerator & Competition application deadline
    May 8. The Cleantech Open Accelerator & Competition consists of a number of key activities; extensive mentoring, training, business clinics, access to investors and capital, numerous opportunities to showcase to the media and the public, and the competition itself. more...
  • SBIR/STTR Alerting Service
    Many entrepreneurial ventures nationwide rely on funding from the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs as their primary source of capital for technology development and early-stage commercialization. more...
  • Doing Business Success Stories
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has a long-standing reputation for advancing scientific frontiers through world-class research and development. more...
  • Diatom biosensor could shine light on future nanomaterials
    A glow coming from the glassy shell of microscopic marine algae called diatoms could someday help us detect chemicals and other substances in water samples. 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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