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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.

December 2015 Issue


CleanTech Alliance Awarded Small Business Development Grant

CleanTech Alliance, the nation’s largest state-level clean technology industry association, received a $175,000 small business development grant from JPMorgan Chase to focus on accelerating cleantech entrepreneurs and high-growth companies.  CleanTech Alliance will leverage the grant to create a variety of new commercialization programs and services, expand the Cleantech Open accelerator program in the Pacific Northwest, and create synergies with existing acceleration efforts and partners. To learn more about the grant….

Equity Crowdfunding Now Permissible for Non-Accredited Investors

The Securities Exchange Commission recently adopted rules that permit small businesses and startups to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding.  The new rules include amendments to existing Securities Act rules to facilitate intrastate and regional securities offerings, to include allowing a company to raise a maximum aggregate amount of $1 million through crowdfunding offerings in a 12-month period.  To learn more

Timeline Highlights Washington State Inventions and Innovations

The Washington State Department of Commerce has made available an interactive timeline for innovations and inventions developed in Washington State since 1880.  The state-based inventions include Custom Biomass Stoves developed by BURN Design Lab—a company that received technology assistance from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  To view the timeline….

TRIDEC Receives Hanford Land

The Tri-Cities Development Council—or TRIDEC—received more than 1,600 acres of Hanford land situated near the Tri-Cities Research District.  The land, north and west of Stevens Drive and Horn Rapids Road in Richland, WA, is being distributed to the Port of Benton and City of Richland for potentially attracting large manufacturers or energy producers.  Learn about the land transfer….

Tech Opportunities and Resources

Electronic Bid Match System Connects Businesses to Solicitations

An electronic bid match system is available that provides Washington businesses with notification of federal, state, and local solicitations from more than 1,600 government websites.  Access to the system, made available by Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center, is available for $135 per year after a 30-day free trial.  Learn more.  Start your free trial.

DOE SBIR/STTR Issues Funding Opportunity Announcement

The Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program has issued a Phase 1, Release 2 Fiscal Year 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement.  Topics—and technology transfer opportunities—include, but are not limited to, remote sensing, radiation detection, advanced grid technologies, bioenergy, advanced manufacturing, oil and gas technologies, accelerator technologies, and advanced technologies for nuclear energy and waste.   Letters of intent are due December 21, 2015, with applications due February 9, 2016.  See the full list of Phase 1, Release 2 topics.   Learn more.

Proposal Writing Basics: Skipping Straight to Phase II

Congress recently has allowed agencies such as the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Education to create “Direct to Phase II” programs, permitting small businesses responding to a Small Business Innovation Research Funding Opportunity Announcement to skip Phase I and go straight to Phase II.  Gail and Jim Greenwood, Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc., provide the basics and tips for proposal development by businesses interested in taking advantage of this new program.  Read more about these basics and tips….

Ignite Northwest Accelerator Accepting Applications for Spring 2016

Tech companies in the Inland Northwest are invited to apply for the Ignite Northwest accelerator Spring 2016 class.  Participants will be exposed to a curriculum taught by subject matter experts, a built-in network of mentors, customized coaching, and entrepreneurial tools that will equip companies for their next stage of business growth.  Tech companies who wish to participate must have, at a minimum, a working prototype, understanding of market opportunity, a committed management team, and proven market validation.  Class starts February 23 and runs through May 17.  Cost is $2,000 to participate in the accelerator.  Applications close January 24.  To learn more. To apply.

Tech Dates and Deadlines

Meet the Buyer: Doing Business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

December 8.   Washington Procurement Technology Assistance Center presents “Meet the Buyer: Doing Business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers” on December 8 from 9 – 11  am at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick, WA.  Participants will learn more about how to sell to the Army Corps and be better prepared to take part in this federal government marketplace.  No cost to attend.  For more information and to register….

Government Contracting Essentials

December 10 and January 14.   Washington Procurement Technology Assistance Center is offering “Government Contracting Essentials,” on December 10 from 8:30 – 10:30 am at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick, WA, and on January 14 from 8 – 10 am at Greater Spokane Incorporated in Spokane, WA.  This workshop helps participants understand what it takes to become a successful government contractor and provides information on the top elements for growing businesses in this marketplace.   No cost to attend.  Register for Kennewick.  Register for Spokane.

Marketing to the Federal Government

January 26.   Washington Procurement Technology Assistance Center presents “Marketing to the Federal Government” on January 26 from 9 – 10:30 am at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce in Kennewick, WA. This workshop helps participants learn to identify their government customers, analyze current and future needs, connect with their customers, and glean best practices to achieve marketing success.  No cost to attend.  To learn more and register….

PNNL This Month

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Scientists Win Five R&D 100 Awards

R&D Magazine honored five teams from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with prestigious R&D 100 Awards during an event held November 13 in Las Vegas.  The awards represent the top 100 most innovative scientific and technological breakthroughs of the year from nominations spanning private, academic, and government institutions.  These honors bring PNNL’s total to 98 since the inception of the awards in 1969.  Read about the winning technologies….

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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 DOE-Richland's vision for the future of the Hanford Site and surrounding area through the creation of research opportunities, new industries, and new business clusters