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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.

June 2013 Issue

  • America's Best Performing Cities
    The Tri-Cities is among America's Best Performing Cities, ranking #16 among large metro areas. The annual report is put out by Milken Institute and represents an "outcomes-based" accounting of short and long-term changes in economic output, high-tech industry, jobs, and wages. more...
  • AlgebraChallenge.org
    AlgebraChallenge.org is using gaming to inspire the next generation in STEM. From June 3-7 students in classrooms across Washington will work together on a statewide goal to solve 250,000 algebra equations in just one week using the learning game DragonBox. more...
  • Gesa Credit Union Open in the Research District
    Gesa Credit Union has opened a North Richland branch at the corner of Stevens Drive and University Drive in the Tri-Cities Research District. more...
  • SSC North America Breaks Ground in Tri-Cities
    A University of Washington graduate who grew up in the Tri-Cities region, Jerod Shelby founded SSC North America in 1999 with the goal of creating a world class automotive manufacturer. more...
  • Washington Ranked #1 in Software Publishing Jobs, #3 in Tech Wages
    According to the annual Cyberstates report from the TechAmerica Foundation, tech workers in Washington earned an average annual wage of $110,200, placing Washington in third place in terms of tech wages. more...
  • Anatomy of an Angel Deal
    June 5: Have you ever wondered how an angel deal really works? How you find your first investor? How you negotiate terms? Attend this session and hear the entrepreneur, attorney, and investor perspectives on how an angel deal really happens. more...
  • How to Create an Investor-Ready Business Plan
    June 10: The business plan for your startup - which can be expressed in an Executive Summary, an Investor Pitch, or a detailed Business Plan - is a foundational requirement when you're raising angel funding. more...
  • How to Get Angel Investors to Finance your Business
    June 20: The Step-by-Step Guide: How to Get Angel Investors to Finance Your Business workshop will help you avoid costly pitfalls, blind spots, and common mistakes so you can increase your chances of getting funded and get your company funded sooner. more...
  • Meet the Buyer: Alternative Public Works Contracting
    June 25: For select construction projects, public agencies in the Tri-Cities have begun using a process called General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM). more...
  • Life Science Innovation Northwest Meeting
    July 10 - 11: The Pacific Northwest is home to an expanding and collaborative consortium of biotechnology and biomedical firms, healthcare services, world-class research, innovative startups and established industry leaders. more...
  • Developing Your Capability Statement
    July 16: A capability statement is like a resume, only you use it for Government contracting. It provides potential clients with a concise overview of your company's qualifications and experience. more...
  • Startup Weekend Tri-Cities
    September 20 - 22: Startup Weekend is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas; it's a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, investors, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. more...
  • PNNL Workers Assisting in Oklahoma
    The two-mile wide path of the tornado through Moore, Okla., looked like a garbage disposal had been at work, grinding up houses, said Jim Spracklen of PNNL, in a phone call from near the disaster area. more...
  • PNNL Farmers Market
    Today, June 3, is the first PNNL Farmers Market of the new season. The Farmers Market will be hosted Mondays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., at the Battelle Picnic Grounds on Einstein St., and feature a variety of locally grown produce and specialty foods. more...
  • PNNL Staff Recognized
    PNNL honored more than 165 staff for their creation, development, and commercialization of intellectual property at its annual Intellectual Property Commercialization Recognition & Rewards Program banquet. more...
  • PNNL Engineer Picked to Head Nuclear Society
    Michaele Brady Raap of PNNL was selected to head the American Nuclear Society. At the organization's June meeting in Atlanta, Ga., she will become vice president and president-elect of the professional organization of 11,000 engineers and scientists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. more...
  • 9 States Poised to Dominate the Drone Economy
    Though headquartered in Chicago, Boeing's major manufacturing operation is based in Washington along with subsidiary Insitu, which specializes in unmanned aircraft. 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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