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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 2014 Issue


Session Held on Crowdfunding for Business

Seattle attorney Joseph Wallin, who wrote Washington’s bill on equity crowdfunding—raising money through groups of sometimes unknown investors largely across the internet—shared his expertise November 18 at the Energy Northwest auditorium in Richland, WA. Wallin co-presented with his colleague, Andrew Schultheis of Davis Wright Tremaine.  Slides from the presentation are available….

Avegant Raises More than $9M for Glyph(TM)

The company that makes an innovative multimedia headset based on technology from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) recently raised $9.37M in venture capital from Intel and others. Avegant Corporation, Redwood City, CA, makes the Glyph™ product, which projects video images directly in front of a user's eyes.  Avegant licensed the Glyph™ from PNNL, and the partnership and technology were recently recognized by R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most technologically significant products and advancements for 2014.  Learn more about the Glyph™ …...

Tech Opportunities and Resources

Mid-Columbia Small Business Awards

Submit your application for the 20th Annual Mid-Columbia Small Business of the Year Awards, which recognizes small business throughout Benton and Franklin Counties for their exceptional customer service, outstanding commitment to employees, and superior community relations.  If you are aware of a small business that meets these criteria—or if you own such a business—applications can be submitted for recognition as Small Business of the Year and Micro-Business of the Year by April 3, 2015. Intent to nominate forms are due March 20, 2015.  Nomination packets can be obtained from Sheri Nolan, 509-585-5460 or

National Partner Sought for Job Talent Development

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration is seeking proposals for a national partner to help coordinate the Accelerating Industry-led Partnerships for Regional Talent Development Program.  This new program will focus on building critical regional partnerships to accelerate job skills development across the United States.  The deadline for proposals is January 9, 2015. More information about this opportunity…..   

SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has released its FY15 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I funding opportunity announcements. Letters of intent are due December 15, 2014, and applications are due February 3, 2015. See the announcement and more information here …

SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Program

A first-ever U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Phase 0 Program is now in place to assist eligible small business in navigating the complexities of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal process.  These include businesses in states that are underrepresented in the number of DOE SBIR awards received, such as Washington, Idaho, and Montana; women-owned businesses; and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses.  Learn more and apply….

Business Resource Now Available

Businesses now have a new way to find federal laboratory resources available to them. The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for Technology Transfer has created FLCBusiness, the first comprehensive database of federal laboratory resources available for public and cross-agency use.  Users can search for federal laboratory profiles, including research fields and expertise; funding programs; available top-notch facilities and cutting-edge research equipment; and unique programs that assist U.S. industry with technology transfer.  Learn more about FLCBusiness…..

Tech Dates and Deadlines

Selling to Hanford and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

December 2.  Want to learn more about how to sell products and services to the Hanford prime contractors and PNNL?  Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce present “Meet the Buyer:  Doing Business with the Hanford Primes and PNNL” on December 2 from 2 – 4 pm at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick, WA.  Small business program managers from Bechtel National, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company, Washington Closure Hanford, Washington River Protection Solutions, and PNNL will be presenting.  The workshop is free, RSVP by before December 2….

Government Contracting

December 9 and 10.  Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce are partnering to present two government contracting workshops.  On December 9, from 9 – 10:30 am, “Government Contracting 101” will provide a comprehensive overview of marketing and selling to federal, state, and local government agencies.  On December 10, from 1 – 3 pm, “GSA 101 – Multiple Award Schedules Program” is intended to help local businesses grow by contracting with the U.S. General Services Administration.  Both workshops are free and will be held at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick, WA.  Please RSVP before December 9 and December 10, respectively.

SBIR Program Briefing, Workshop, and Seminar

January 15.  Jim Greenwood, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) expert trainer and consultant, will present information that will help small businesses and their partners take advantage of the $2.1 billion available through federal research grant programs. From 9 – 10 am, “Proposal Assistance for DOE SBIR/STTR Applicants: DOE’s New Phase 0 Program.”  From 10:30 am – 3 pm, “SBIR/STTR Overview and Phase 1 Proposal Preparation Workshop,” with lunch included.  From 4 – 5 pm, “Using SBIR/STTR in your Business Strategy,” with a reception to follow as part of the Tri-Cities Research District Seminar Series.  You may attend all sessions or just those of interest.  Watch for more details and registration information.  Contact:  Robin Conger, 509-372-4328 or





Women in Business Conference

January 28.  The Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding its Women in Business Conference on January 28 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at TRAC Center in Pasco, WA.  This one-day event brings corporate executives, leading business women, and entrepreneurs together with women of various business experience and career levels to network and capitalize on knowledge and expertise.  Register to attend….

PNNL This Month

Synthetic Fish Measures Wild Ride through Dams

Daniel Deng and his research team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a newer version of Sensor Fish, a small tubular device filled with sensors that analyze the physical stresses fish experience as they travel through hydroelectric dams.  “The newly improved Sensor Fish will allow us to more accurately measure the forces that fish feel as they pass by turbines and other structures in both conventional dams and other hydro power facilities,” said Deng. “As we're increasingly turning to renewable energy, these measurements can help further reduce the environmental impact of hydropower."  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