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August 2007


Richland health physics company acquires Maryland firm ~ ~

Dade Moeller and Associates logo Dade Moeller & Associates

Dade Moeller & Associates, Richland, has acquired Radiation Safety Academy, Inc., of Gaithersburg, Maryland. The acquisition augments the company's staff with health physicists who provide classroom training for professionals in radiation and industrial safety in the government and private sectors through its training center in the Washington, D.C. area and online. The acquisition adds four more certified health physicists to the Dade Moeller consulting staff, bringing its total to 34, which includes its certified industrial hygienists and safety professionals. Contact Paula Tumlinson at (509) 946-0410, ext. 283.

Computer company adds sales after acquiring new customer base ~ ~ logo, Kennewick, increased its monthly sales in computer networking by 25 percent since acquiring the customer base of the networking part of Kennewick-based Infrastructure NBS in April. Network Task provides computer repairs and custom computer design, installation of network devices, network security consultation, and customer software for small- to medium-size businesses and residential customers. The company recently completed a project for the U.S. Geological Survey to improve data transmission in the Northwest. In another recent project, created custom software for the Gourmet Trading Company in Pasco to better manage asparagus packaging operations. The software enables Gourmet Trading Company's California-based headquarters to track the Pasco plant's packaging statistics remotely in real time. Network Task's web development division, called Bright Web Marketing, recently started a new Web site, FindItIn Tri-Cities!, to provide information about Tri-Cities events, products, and services. Contact Craig Sutton at (509) 783-9558 option 1 or

New brand name for cancer treatment Cesium 131 seeds ~ ~

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Richland-based IsoRay Medical, Inc. (AMEX, ISR) has launched the branding for its proprietary medical isotope Cesium-131 "seeds" under the name Proxcelan�. The Cesium-131 seeds are being used initially to treat prostate cancer at treatment centers nationwide. The brand was introduced in Minneapolis at the 26th annual conference of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, as IsoRay begins ramp up its marketing and sales efforts, targeting doctors and patients in the United States and internationally. According to current medical industry publications, Cesium-131 delivers a higher initial dose of radiation with less total radiation, causing fewer side effects that subside more quickly with less collateral damage to healthy tissue than other isotopes. More: Contact Roger Girard at (509) 375-1202.

Radiation Portal Monitor Project achieves milestone ~ ~

photo of radiation portal monitor The 1000th monitor was installed in Texas.

Staff from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory installed the 1,000th radiation portal monitor system in the nation as part of a project to improve security at our nation's ports of entry. These interdiction systems detect radiological materials and components that could be used in weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection jointly oversee the project. Contact Andrea Turner at (509) 375-3893.

Vista Engineering ranked one of state's best employers ~ ~

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Vista Engineering Technologies, LLC, Kennewick, ranked 33rd out of 54 small businesses in the "Top 100 Companies to Work For" in the state of Washington, based on a survey by Washington CEO magazine. Vista Engineering was the only ranked company, large or small, that is headquartered in the lower Columbia Basin area and one of only nine Eastern Washington companies in the ranking of 100. The ranking was based on anonymous management and employee surveys about each company's communication, training, performance standards, rewards/recognition, benefits, leadership, work environment, and corporate culture. Vista Engineering Technologies provides engineering services to government and private-sector clients, with specialized expertise in geophysics, HVAC, nuclear facilities, corrosion monitoring and control, and tank/pipe leak detection. Contact Phil Ohl at (509) 737-1377.

Three technologies named in top 100 worldwide ~ ~

graphic of thin coating This customized thin coating improves the ability to detect heavy metals.

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently won three of R&D Magazine's prestigious R&D 100 Awards. The Laboratory was recognized for a new material that improves detection of toxic heavy metals in water, for a device that manages heat and water in fuel processors and fuel cell systems, and for software that extracts and analyzes data in the most useful format for users. The magazine presents the awards annually to the 100 most innovative scientific and technical breakthroughs of the past year. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has won 74 R&D 100 awards since the contest began in 1963, including 67 since 1988. More: Contact Mary Ann Wuenneke at (509) 375-2447.

Looking good ~ ~

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The Tri-Cities, state, and nation earned high placements in three recent business and innovation rankings. The Tri-Cities was ranked 83rd among 393 areas on's 2007 Top Boom Towns. More. Washington State rose from 12th to fifth place in's second annual Top States for Business, ranking high in labor, regulatory environment, and growth. More. The United States ranked third, after Japan and Switzerland, among 82 nations for innovation, in a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit sponsored by Cisco. More.

Schwenk voted TRIDEC board chair ~ ~

Photo of Mike Schwenk Mike Schwenk

The Tri-City Development Council's board of directors appointed Mike Schwenk as its new chairman of the board. The board consists of more than 30 business and community leaders who are guiding the Tri-Cities area into increased economic prosperity. Mike, Vice President and Director of Commercial Partnerships for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will serve the remainder of the term previously held by Len Peters of Battelle, who recently moved to Kentucky. Mike also will serve on the Tri-City Education Advisory Council. Mike chairs the Three Rivers Community Roundtable, served as Executive Vice President of TRIDEC from 1986-1989, and has 30 years of technical and business management experience in government, entrepreneurial, non-profit and corporate settings. Contact Deanna Smith at (509) 735-1000.

New staff at Washington Technology Center ~ ~

Photo of Graham Evans Graham Evans

Graham Evans has joined Washington Technology Center as Director of Research and Program Operations. In this role, he oversees execution of Washington Technology Center's projects and initiatives in support of entrepreneurs and communities across Washington State. He also continues to serve as Executive Director of the Washington Clean Technology Alliance. Graham brings expertise in management consulting and clean technology initiatives. He replaces Mary Tedd Allen, who joined Nanostring Technolgies. Contact Graham Evans at (206) 685-1920.

Energy bridge touted to combat climate change ~ ~

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In an opinion piece published in the Seattle Times on July 15, Doug Ray and Mike Davis, Associate Laboratory Directors of Fundamental Sciences and Energy at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, weighed in on the science and technology needed to combat global climate change. In "Learning to live with fossil fuels," they argued that carbon-based fuels will continue to dominate the world's energy mix for the next 50 years, and, until renewable energy sources can operate on a large scale, an "energy bridge" solution is needed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions now. See the article.

Website highlights children's activities ~ ~

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The Richland-based firm All in One Graphics has launched the Hummingbird Children's Activities Directory. The new Website, which lists more than 100 local businesses, aims to keep Tri-Cities parents informed about local children's activities and events, including sports, music, education, and general fun. The site also offers free email notices to parents regarding events or schools specified by parents. All in One Graphics, which started in 2005, offers advertising, business materials design, custom artwork, identity packaging and logo design, photography, and Web design. Contact Jessica Parnell at (509) 554-4213.

Opportunities and Tools

Small businesses must recertify size ~ ~

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In regulations that took effect on June 30, 2007, small businesses with federal contracts must recertify their size status. This includes small businesses that have grown due to mergers or acquisitions. Once contracts have been modified, businesses can recertify at Central Contractor Registration. These new regulations issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council are intended to correct a situation in which federal agencies are still counting some long-term contracts of up to 20 years towards their small-business goals, even when the small business has grown into a large business, been acquired, and/or merged with large corporations. If the company is no longer small, the contract will continue, but won't be counted as a small-business contract. This recertification is expected to open more opportunities for small businesses because federal agencies have a statutory goal to contract 23 percent of their work to them. The definition of a small business varies depending on the size standard associated with the industrial classification code specified in each federal procurement solicitation. See SBA's press release about recertification (pdf). The recertification regulation (pdf) is on The Federal Register's web site . Small businesses with federal contacts should contact their contracting officer or the SBA's Dean Koppel at (202) 205-7322.

Online now ~ ~

Logo for Tri-City Alumni Program Washington

Three new online resources are available now. 1) "Alumni can be a great market for local businesses," an article about how companies can tap former Tri-Citians for business and philanthropic opportunities, is online. 2) An article about efforts to attract and retain young professionals in the Tri-Cities, "From today's young professionals to tomorrow's community leaders," 3) The summer 2007 edition (pdf) of the Tri-City Alumni Update newsletter 3), with a running list of opportunities for alumni.

Multicultural business directory taking listings ~ ~

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Multicultural businesses in the Mid-Columbia area are invited to submit their listings for a new business directory by September 25. The directory, which will be free and available to the public, will provide multicultural businesses with a free listing to showcase their ethnic diversity and promote goods and services unique to each culture. Business must be at least 51-percent owned by a Hispanic, African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, or person of other non-U.S. origin, minority, ethnicity, or culture. Submit registration forms by September 25, 2007. Find registration forms online (doc) or at the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Benton City Economic Development Council, the Tri-City Development Council, Connell City Hall, Prosser Economic Development Association, the West Richland Chamber of Commerce, or the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. The directory is grant-funded service of the Small Business Development Center at Columbia Basin College, in partnership with TRIDEC, the Historically Underutilized Business Committee, the U.S. Department of Energy, and special funding from CH2M HILL. Contact Susan Peters at (509) 547-0511 ext. 3136.

How to establish an advisory board ~ ~

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A new online course from SCORE shows small businesses how to set up an advisory board for ongoing advice and support. The course walks users through finding the right people for the board, making them effective, running the board, and handling compensation issues. The one-hour course includes a customized action plan based on questions answered by the user. The course is free, but requires registration.

Could you be Woman of the Year? ~ ~

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For the fourth year in a row, Entrepreneur magazine will honor one outstanding female business entrepreneur as its Woman of the Year. To qualify, a woman must be the founder and own at least 51 percent of her own business, have 2006 sales of at least $1 million, be actively involved in day-to-day operations, and have fewer than 100 employees. View the contest rules and apply online. Entries are due September 15, 2007.

Sponsors sought for Boeing speaker event ~ ~


The Tri-City Development Council is seeking sponsors for an October 19 luncheon that features the executive responsible for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner airplane. Mike Bair is Vice President and General Manager of the Boeing 787 program and a 1974 Hanford High School graduate. Sponsors are being sought at three levels: 747 Jumbo Jet at $1,500, 787 Dreamliner at $500, and 737 Next Generation at $250. Contact Kristi Kesler at (509) 735-1000 about sponsorship. To reserve your luncheon ticket ($20 for TRIDEC members and $25 for non-members), contact Suanne Burton at (509) 735-1000.

Tax code credit for solar electricity generators ~ ~

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A change in the U.S. tax code last year enables a wider variety of solar energy electricity generators in the United States to claim a tax credit. The 2005 tax code had specified a tax credit for "qualified photovoltaic property." Infinia Corporation, which is developing a Stirling engine-based concentrating solar power product, worked with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, Congressman Doc Hastings, and U.S. Senator Gordon Smith (Oregon) to change the tax credit wording to the broader "qualified solar electric property." Now, that wording is reflected in the Tax Relief and Healthcare Act of 2006. Contact Peter Brehm at (509) 737-2199.

Coming Up

Small Business Symposium ~ ~ ~

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AUGUST 8-9. The DOE Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium is August 8-9 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. The symposium is designed to help small businesses meet potential government clients. It features government and business speakers, networking opportunities with government and contractor decision-makers, and breakout sessions with industry and government experts. The luncheon guest speakers will be Lee Cheatham, Executive Director, Washington Technology Center; and Khris Judy, President, Randolph Construction Services, Inc. The registration fee is $75 per person. Registration includes a continental breakfast, breakout sessions, lunch, bus tours of the Hanford Site, and exhibits. Download an agenda and registration form online. For reservations and exhibitor information, contact Deanna Smith at (509) 735-1000.

Clean technology workshop ~ ~

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AUGUST 28, REGISTER BY AUGUST 24. Clean technology leaders and stakeholders are invited to attend "TechMagination: A Day for Developing a Clean Technology Agenda" on August 28 in Richland. The all-day workshop brings together industrial, government, local, and academic interests to generate ideas and draft an action plan for demonstrating clean technologies that solve common problems and open doors to business opportunities. Invited speakers include Congressman Doc Hastings; John Plaza, President of Imperium Renewables in Seattle; panelists from leading Northwest companies; and Andy Mangan, Executive Director of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development. Facilitated breakout sessions will be held. The workshop, hosted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is free to registered attendees and includes lunch. It's from 8:15 am to 4 pm at the Shilo Inn, Richland. Register online by August 24 or by calling Karen Goodman at (509) 375-2468. More information.

Seminars for small businesses ~ ~

The Columbia Basin College Small Business Development Center offers the following workshops in August, from 6 to 9 pm. Fees range from $25 to $40, with a $10 late fee if you pay fewer than 48 hours before the scheduled course date. Classes are held at CBC in Pasco, or as noted below. To register, or to learn about these and other courses in the series, contact Daphne Larios at (509) 547-0511, ext. 3138. More information.

August 14 - Starting a Business: Questions You Were Afraid to Ask (1600 North 20th Ave., Suite A, Pasco)
August 15 - QuickBooks Introduction (CBC, W-165)
August 22 - QuickBooks Pro I (CBC, W-165)
August 29 - QuickBooks Pro II (CBC, W-165)

Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference ~ ~

ONAMI Washington Technology Center

SEPTEMBER 10-12; DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION BY AUGUST 27. Attendees at the September 10-12 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference in Portland can learn about opportunities for commercializing small-tech innovations in the Northwest though sessions on green nanotechnology, nanobio technologies and medical devices, photovoltaics, and more. Two half-day sessions on the basics of nanotechnology and technology transfer are included. Keynote speakers include Clayton Teague, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, and David Wu, Chairman of the House Subcommittee for Technology and Innovation. The conference is presented by the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute and the Washington Technology Center. Registration is $185 until August 27 and $225 after that. Fees include admittance to all conference and half-day sessions, meals, the opening reception, and a banquet. Register online. Contact Robert "Skip" Rung at (541) 713-1331.

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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


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