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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.

August 2014 Issue


SIGN Gets Innovation Award

SIGN Fracture Care International, Richland, WA, was recognized on July 30 with the inaugural Innovative Partner of the Year award by the Tri-Cities Research District.  SIGN designs, manufactures, and distributes orthopedic implants to 280 hospitals in 52 countries, which have treated 130,000 patients to date. Read more …

Local SCORE Chapter #2 in State

Mid-Columbia Tri-Cities SCORE was ranked the number two top performing chapter, after Seattle, of all SCORE chapters in Washington for June. The chapter worked with 239 people that month, including 151 one-on-one mentoring meetings.   For more information about starting, operating, or growing an existing small business, call to schedule an appointment with a Mid-Columbia Tri-Cities SCORE mentor at 509-735-1000 Ext 235 or visit Tri-Cities SCORE at

Opportunities and Tools

Free Resources for Small Businesses

Eligible small businesses in the Tri-Cities can apply to receive software, training, a website, or equipment valued at up to $1,000, as part of the Small Business Incentive Program.  A small businesses is one with 30 or fewer full-time employees and an annual revenue of less than $3 million.  Businesses must be in Benton or Franklin counties and a member of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Completed applications are due to the Regional Chamber Office, Kennewick, WA, by 5 pm on August 29. The program is sponsored by the Regional Chamber and Washington River Protection Solutions.  Read more and download the application …

Business Certificate Program

The University of Washington will offer a six-week Business Certificate Program at Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA. The program is designed for people who want to become more effective in their job, develop their leadership and strategic thinking skills, and improve their problem-solving abilities. The dates are October 16, 23, and 30 and November 6, 14, and 20, from 1 – 4 pm for each class.  Read more and register …   

Microgrid Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting a competition to recognize local organizations that have adopted successful grid strategies to provide power during severe weather and other disruptive events.  Through the Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge, DOE will make  $100,000 awards in each of six categories of facilities. Apply by August 29. Read more and download the application …

Tech Dates and Deadlines

Tri-City Chamber Orientation

August 5, RSVP by August 4.  Is your business interested in learning about membership in the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce?  Then attend the free event, “Meet The Chamber – Member Orientation & Refresher.” It’s August 5 from 3:30 – 5 pm in the Bechtel Board Room at the Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA.  RSVP by August 4 to Kylie Elgin at (509) 491-3241 or

Get to Know West Richland and Red Mountain

September 17.  Real estate brokers and site selectors are invited to attend a “Familiarization Event”  featuring West Richland and Red Mountain on September 17. The event is 3 – 5 pm and includes a wine reception at Black Heron Spirits, 8011 Keene Rd., West Richland, WA.  The event is hosted by the Tri-Cities Research District, City of West Richland, and TRIDEC.  Reservations are required; contact Diahann Howard at or (509) 375-3060.

PNNL This Month

PNNL Wins Three Oscars of Invention

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory received three awards informally known as the “Oscars of Invention” for 2014. The three technologies rival electronic screens, enable new molecular analysis, and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. They were recognized by R&D Magazine as being among the 100 most innovative breakthroughs of 2014 worldwide.  Read 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 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