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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. Browse the archives for back issues.

February 2013 Issue

  • Ag Waste to Create Biofuel Becoming Commercially Viable
    A pilot project to produce biofuel using agricultural and organic municipal waste has reached levels that make the process commercially viable. more...
  • Mid-Columbia Small Business Awards
    The Mid-Columbia Small Business of the Year Awards recognize small businesses in Benton & Franklin Counties for their exceptional customer service, outstanding commitment to employees, and superior community relations. more...
  • Ben Franklin Transit Goes Electric to Help Reduce Carbon Footprint
    Ben Franklin Transit is part of an alternative energy demonstration project that includes development of a battery-powered, all-electric remanufactured transit bus that has the capability of going over 100 miles. more...
  • TRIDEC's 50th Anniversary
    TRIDEC is celebrating 50 years! It was formed by community leaders Bob Philip, Joe Stickler, Glenn Lee, and Sam Volpentest, as the Tri-City Nuclear Industrial Council (TCNIC) to diversify the local economy by bringing in new jobs and business to the Tri-Cities area. more...
  • NWEN First Look Forum Call for Applications
    By applying to NWEN's First Look Forum you will have the chance to gain access to expert coaches, advisors, investors, and more -- all dedicating their time and talents to help businesses gain momentum and achieve success. more...
  • Tour EMSL - Virtually
    PNNL has collaboratively launched a virtual tour showcasing four state-of-the-art laboratories and 12 instruments that are within DOE's Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL), a Department of Energy user facility located on the PNNL campus. more...
  • DOE Tech Transfer Site Features First-of-its-Kind Search Capability
    The Department of Energy (DOE) Technology Transfer website has a new search tool. For the first time users can search tech transfer information across the DOE national laboratories with a single search box. more...
  • Small Business Administration Launches Online Contracting System
    The U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with the White House's Presidential Innovation Fellows, recently launched a beta version of RFP-EZ, a new online marketplace that streamlines the government contracting process, making it simpler for small businesses to find and bid on low-dollar contracts from federal agencies. more...
  • How to Successfully Explain Your Start-Up
    Meet Alex, he's a start-up founder with a technical background. For the past year, he and his team have been refining their product and recently decided to start talking about it publicly. more...
  • Funding Quest Workshop
    February 5. Raising angel funding is literally a quest - an often challenging search to find angel investors who will believe in you and your business. more...
  • Science & Technology Discovery Series
    February 8. Technology Alliance's Science & Technology Discovery Series offers an opportunity to learn about new discoveries and cutting-edge technologies directly from Washington State's leading scientists and innovators. more...
  • Start Smart Workshop: How to Start a Business
    February 11. The three-hour practical workshop will cover how much money you will need to start and run the business until it is profitable, options for getting money for your business, what you need to do to legally launch your business-licenses, taxes, and other issues, and marketing your business. more...
  • Introduction to Government Contracting 101
    February 12. A general overview of how federal, state, and local governments buy goods and services, and the seven phases of government procurement will be discussed. more...
  • Entrepreneurial Awards Luncheon
    February 26. The Entrepreneurial Awards luncheon will be held at the Richland Red Lion starting at 11:30 a.m. more...
  • SBIR/STTR Proposal Writing Boot Camp
    March 2, 16, and 30. The three-day intensive boot camp helps prepare companies for Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal development. more...
  • Alliance Northwest Conference
    March 14. The 2013 Alliance Northwest Conference is the largest business-to-government conference in the Pacific Northwest. 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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