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.
December 2013 Issue
Tech News and Notes
Local Company Helping Typhoon Victims in Philippines
SIGN Fracture Care International, Richland, is sending its bone repair devices and supplies to a partner hospital in the Philippines to help surgeons there care for those injured in the recent typhoon. SIGN has supported the Southern Philippines Medical Center in all conflict and disaster responses since 2002. SIGN invites individuals who are interested in supporting these shipments to make cash donations at its website. Read more ...
Broadband Expands in Benton County
South Benton County now has 50 more miles of fiber optic line for high-speed Internet service through an expanded Benton Public Utility District broadband network. The expanded network in mostly rural areas was made possible through a $1.8 million federal grant and with the support of the Northwest Open Access Network. The addition provides high-speed Internet service to the Paterson School District, a new fiber optic line to the Mid-Columbia Library in West Richland, and provides the infrastructure for other fiber-optic services.
Tech Opportunities and Resources
DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement – SBIR and STTR
The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued its FY 2014 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0001046) for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. Submit letters of intent here by December 16 and grant applications by February 4. To see the announcement, click here, choose "reference number" from the drop-down menu, type DE-FOA-0001046 in the search box, then click on the "body" link on the right side of the page. See topics. A webinar on the opportunity is December 3; register online.
Wanted: Your Branding Ideas for the Tri-Cities
What would make more people visit the Tri-Cities and spend money here? What makes us stand out from other cities in Washington? The Tri-City Development Council, Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau, and the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce are seeking input on a regional brand for the community. They invite residents of the Tri-Cities area to participate in a brand survey through the end of December online, through the end of December.
DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Awards
Businesses of fewer than 250 employees may enter the 2014 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Awards program sponsored by Sam's Club® and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The winner will receive national recognition and a $10,000 cash prize. Applicants are judged on staff training and motivation, community involvement, customer service, and business strategies and goals. Optional, no-cost nominations must be submitted by January 6. Required applications must be submitted by February 3 with an application fee of $25 for U.S. Chamber members or $150 for non-members, which includes a one-year individual membership. Read more...
Life Sciences Discovery Fund Proof of Concept Grant
The Life Sciences Discovery Fund has increased the total allocation for the 2013-2014 Proof of Concept Granting Program to up to $4.5 million. Grants
provide up to $250,000 each to enhance the commercial viability of health-related technologies or concepts developed by non-profit organizations or enhance the competitiveness of early-stage companies for private equity investment. Pre-proposals are required. Read more...
Digital Marketing Trends
Watch a video, "Top 5 Trends in Digital Marketing," from the Network Tri-Cities Luncheon on November 6. Shama Kabani, President and CEO of the Marketing Zen Group, spoke about using social media to drive marketing success. Ms. Kabani's introduction begins at 20:12.
Tips from a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur
Missed the talk by Richard Tait, co-inventor of the Cranium game, leader of a dozen technology startup companies, Latin-culture outreach guru, and award-winning marketing expert? Tait spoke at the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in November. Watch a similar presentation by Tait online.
Online Cybersecurity Course for Small Businesses
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering a free online course, "Cybersecurity for Small Businesses." Users will learn best cybersecurity practices and protection for sensitive information. Access the 30-minute self-paced course at the SBA website.
Tech Dates and Deadlines
Start Smart Workshop
December 9. Launching a business, or thinking about it? Check out the 3-hour Start Smart workshop offered by Washington State University Tri-Cities and others. The $25 fee gets you practical tips on how much money you'll need to invest before you can make a profit, legal issues you must address, financing options, and marketing. The last workshop in 2013 is December 9 at 6 pm at TRIDEC, 7130 W. Grandridge, Kennewick. Read more ...
Oh What Fun it is to Hack
December 13-14. The third annual Tri-Cities Holiday Hackathon collaborative design and development challenge is December 13 at 6 pm through December 14 at 6 pm. Individuals or teams are given 24 hours to make something new, such as a hardware prototype, a new app, or a game. It's sponsored by &yet, Flex Rental Solutions, Room to Think, and Tri-Cities Startup Weekend. Read more and RSVP ...
Developing Your Capability Statement
January 14. Take a free class on developing your company's capability statement, used for government contracting. It's January 14, 9 - 10 am, at the Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center in Kennewick. Read more and register ...
Women in Business
January 22. The Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference is a day of professional and personal development, education, and networking for women committed to success. It's hosted by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. Read more ...
Tri-Cities 2014 Regional Economic Outlook
January 29. The Tri-Cities Development Council will hold the 15th Annual
Tri-Cities Economic Outlook event at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel on January 29, 2014, 11:30 am-4 pm. The region's top leaders from business, non-profits, academia, and government will come together to discuss key industrial issues facing the Tri-Cities area and facilitate collaboration for greater economic prosperity. The lunch keynote address will feature Mark Eibel, director of client investment strategies for Russell Investments. Costs are $75 for TRIDEC members ($35 for lunch only) and $90 for non-members ($45 for lunch only). TRIDEC member rates apply to employees of member companies. Read more ...
Harvesting Clean Energy Conference
February 4-6. The 2014 Harvesting Clean Energy Conference is set for February in Helena, Montana. Speakers will discuss what's involved in creating successful clean-energy projects including biofuels, biodigesters, and efficiency and alternative energy projects. It's sponsored by the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Read more and register ...
PNNL This Month
Rooftop HVAC Units Can Save Energy and Money
Researchers at PNNL analyzed the performance of the rooftop HVAC unit known as the Daikin Rebel as part of the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Rooftop Challenge, a contest for manufacturers to create a rooftop unit that significantly exceeds existing DOE manufacturing standards. The study showed that if current units were widely replaced with those similar to the Rebel over 10 years, it could save energy and reduce pollution equivalent to taking 700,000 cars of the road each year. More information ...
Power Grid Attacks: How Prepared Are We?
PNNL was one of 200 organizations nationwide participating in a drill to practice responding to a hypothetical cyber attack on the nation's power grid. The two-day November drill, called GridEx II, was the largest of its kind in the nation to date. Participating organizations practiced responding to various scenarios such as "adversaries" injecting computer viruses into grid control systems, bombing transformers and substations, and disabling power lines. The drill was organized by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, which operates under the Federal Regulatory Commission. Results were used to assess how prepared the nation is to respond to a cyber attack on the grid. More information ...
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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