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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. Browse the archives for back issues.

April 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 *.

  • 2008 Washington State Technology Summit
    APRIL 15. "Innovation for the Next Washington" is the theme for the 2008 Washington State Technology Summit to be held April 15 from 7:30 am to 5 pm at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash. more...
  • Tech industry investment forum
    APRIL 24. Entrepreneurs can market their companies at the 2008 Washington Technology Industry Association Investment Forum and Technology Showcase on April 24 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, Wash. more...
  • Alternative Energy Expo and Electrathon
    APRIL 25-26. Celebrate Earth Month at the annual Alternative Energy Expo and Electrathon sponsored by the Franklin PUD, Energy Northwest, and Columbia Basin College. more...
  • Seminars for small businesses
    The Columbia Basin College Institute for Professional Development offers the following workshops in April, from 6 to 9 pm. more...
  • Growing your sales
    APRIL 17. "Target your Audience and Your Sales Strategy to Create Sales Success" is the topic of a Food for Thought Brown Bag series for entrepreneurs on April 17. more...
  • All about employee handbooks
    APRIL 22, REGISTER BY APRIL 18. Sandra Muller, Cicotte Law Firm, LLC, presents "Employee Handbooks: The Basics and Beyond" on April 22. more...

  • Internet pioneer Vint Cerf speaks
    MAY 9, REGISTER BY MAY 8. The Technology Alliance's 2008 State of Technology Luncheon: Information, Imagination & Ingenuity is May 9 at the Westin Seattle, featuring a keynote conversation with "Father of the Internet" and Turing Award winner Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google. more...
  • Early-Stage Investment Forum
    MAY 9, INVESTORS REGISTER BY MAY 7.  The 8th annual Early-Stage Investment Forum, presented by the Northwest Entrepreneur Network, is May 9 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle. more...
  • IT Day
    MAY 14. Lockheed Martin's Information Technology Day is May 14 from 9 am to 5 pm 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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