Economic Development Office, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (web site)
P.O. Box 999
3200 Q Street
Richland, 48 99352 (map it)
The Economic Development Office (EDO), part of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), makes federally funded technology resources available to the private sector to diversify the local, regional, and national economy. For small businesses and entrepreneurs, services include hands-on scientific expertise (most at no charge), assistance with business management and market assessments, access to facilities and equipment, technology matching and commercialization, R&D collaboration opportunities, and assistance in obtaining research grants and other financing.
EDO founded, and arranges speakers for, the Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network, an interest group of local entrepreneurs and business owners that meets every other month at the Richland Community Center. The EDO publishes tips on obtaining financing, marketing, and other topics of interest, in flier and Internet formats, as well as a monthly column in the Tri-City Herald. EDO organizes seminars and workshops on various topics of interest to technology-based businesses.
EDO staff can help to identify local, state and federal funding sources and mechanisms.
General Management/Business Planning
EDO offers limited business advising, market assessments, and other business services.
EDO helps small businesses understand and apply for government-funded programs to research, develop, and commercialize new products and processes. EDO offers a free electronic subscription service that sends timely notices about solicitations offered by SBIR and STTR programs nationwide (http://www.pnl.gov/edo/opportunities/sbir.stm). EDO is the first point of contact for companies wishing to collaborate with PNNL on SBIR and STTR program proposals.
EDO publishes the free monthly e-newsletter, Tri-Cities Tech Business Update, which covers news, events, and opportunities for local tech-based businesses. To subscribe or to view back issues, see http://www.pnl.gov/edo/newsletter/. EDO also publishes a free SBIR Alerting Service about federal funding opportunities. See: http://www.pnl.gov/edo/opportunities/sbir.stm
Technical Assistance/User Facilities
Through EDO, PNNL researchers provide up to a staff-week of free technology assistance to qualifying small businesses. In addition, technology-based companies locating in the Tri-Cities can receive three staff-hours of support for each new, permanent, full-time, family-wage job in the local community. The EDO provides access to a vast inventory of unique scientific equipment for limited time periods, for activities such as prototyping processes or characterizing a material's properties. The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNNL provides advanced and unique resources to researchers from industry and other organizations for collaborative, independent, and proprietary research. The Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL) is a state-of-the-art technology business startup center with engineering and manufacturing-scale space and wet labs. PNNL is a partner in APEL. Through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, cost-shared research can be performed jointly with private firms.