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October 2007


Richland firm awarded NRC contract


Richland-based Dade Moeller & Associates is one of two awardees of a $4.3 million contract to provide expert technical support to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to revise NRC Regulatory Guides. The other awardee is the Rockville, Md., office of Information Systems Laboratories, Inc. Dade Moeller & Associates will lead a team of three primary subcontractors—ARES Corporation of Burlingame, Calif., ERG of Lexington, Mass., and Longenecker & Associates of Henderson, Nev.—out of its Fairfax, Va., office. The NRC Regulatory Guides provide guidance to licensees and applicants on implementing NRC's regulations, techniques used by NRC to evaluate problems or possible accidents, and data needed to review applications for permits or licenses. Contact Paula Tumlinson at (509) 946-0410, ext. 283, or Steve Sohinki at (703) 207-6904, ext. 221.

Supercar sets land speed record

SupercarUltimate Aero, world's fasted production car

Shelby SuperCars LLC, which manufactures the ultra high-performance Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo, set a new world land-speed record for production cars, which it expects to be validated by Guinness World Records. The car, with its 1,183-horsepower 387-cubic-inch V8 engine, reached an average top speed of 255.83 mph on September 13 on a closed highway between Prosser and Paterson, Wash. The previous two-year-old Guinness record was set by a Bugatti Veyron at 253 mph. The record-breaking event marks the culmination of seven years of design, creation, and testing of the car in Washington and Nevada. The car has been featured in Forbes magazine and in automotive trade publications such as Motor Trend and Edmunds. Priced at $549,000, the car is available from MotorCars of Las Vegas with a second dealership planning to sell in Dubai, near Saudi Arabia. The company has delivered seven cars and is filling orders for 25 more. The Ultimate Aero is manufactured at the Shelby SuperCars shop in West Richland, Wash., with additional manufacturing sites in Auburn, Wash., and Phoenix. Contact Shelby SuperCars at 1-866-320-4617 or use the e-mail feature.

Medical isotope firm secures $2.7 million loan for equipment

Brain Scan photoMedical isotopes for diagnosis

Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation; OTC:ADMD.PK), of Kennewick, Wash., has secured debt financing for $2,706,000 from Washington Trust Bank of Spokane, Wash. The money will be used to install a recently purchased proton linear accelerator and associated lab equipment to produce medical isotopes using proton beams. In addition to preparing its Kennewick headquarters for isotope production, the company has a joint venture with Central Radiopharmaceutical Services at the State University of New York in Buffalo, and supplies isotopes from Eastern European sources. Contact Jim Katzaroff at (509) 736-7000.

First-of-its kind supercomputer debuts

Photo of Pellets
Deborah Gracio, Moe Khaleel, and Andres Marques, PNNL

A first-of-its-kind Cray XMT™ prototype supercomputer will enable researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University to conduct data-intensive computing research at unprecedented levels. The Laboratory has taken delivery of the Cray XMT system, located in the Applied Process Engineering Laboratory, a high-tech incubator in Richland, Wash. The computer has a unique "massively multi-threaded" architecture and large global memory that is configured for applications such as bioinformatics, cyber security, and power grid analysis that require access to terabytes of data arranged in an unpredictable manner. The Cray XMT is a prototype research platform that will be used to explore programming models and scientific applications that can leverage this type of architecture. More Information . . . Contact Judy Graybeal at (509) 375-4351.

Better Northwest networking


The Pacific Northwest Gigapop's newest point-of-presence in Richland, Wash., has increased the region's accessibility to an advanced fiber-optic network that can send and receive vast amounts of information to enhance research, education, and economic development. The Richland access point will enable local organizations to connect to Gigapop through a high-performance router in the Applied Process Engineering Laboratory, a technology incubator in Richland. The 10-gigabit-per-second connection enables high-speed data exchanges and allows researchers to share massive computer files with regional research collaborators. The Richland point of presence is part of a larger Northwest TeraLink project to connect research institutions within the Northwest. Contact Jan Eveleth or Jerry Johnson.

National laboratory recognized for innovation0

Info week

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory received two forms of national recognition in September. The Laboratory placed 54th out of 500 companies in a national ranking by InformationWeek of America's most innovative companies that use information technology. Criteria included efficiency and productivity, customer and risk management, globalization, spending, and technologies deployed. The Laboratory placed ahead of Chevron (#72), Verizon Telecom (#86), Computer Sciences Corp. (#90), Dell Inc. (#95), and Dow Chemical (#96). More Information . . . In a separate honor, Laboratory staff Gary Spanner and Richard Fowler were selected for a national Tibbetts award for developing a free, national electronic alerting service that keeps subscribers aware of current federal funding opportunities from the Small Business Innovation and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. More Information . . .

Opportunities and Tools

Franklin PUD has $300,000 for small business loans

Frankin County

The Rural Economic Development Board, on behalf of Franklin County Public Utility District, is accepting loan applications for projects that assist in economic development in Franklin County, Wash. Qualified new businesses, expanding businesses, or relocating businesses are invited to submit applications to obtain a portion of the $300,000 set aside by Franklin PUD to finance business ventures that create and retain stable jobs. Applicants must be located in Franklin County, contribute additional financing, and produce jobs or other economic benefits for local residents. For more information or to obtain an application form, contact Sylvia Hubbard at (509) 546-5954.

Angel investor group seeks companies

Frankin County

The Columbia Investor Group, an organized private equity investment group based in the Tri-Cities, Wash., is inviting investor-ready companies to apply to be considered for funding. The Columbia Investor Group reviews and screens company business plans on a regular basis and selects one to two companies to make 15-minute presentations during scheduled member luncheons. Applicants should have a unique product with proprietary technology or service offerings; a proven management team seeking leadership or advice from a key investor; realistic, achievable financial projections; a potential for high return on investment; and sustainable and clearly articulated competitive strategies. Apply Now. Contact Louise Neal or Elaine Kong.

Employment law

Elvis Elvis on how not to interview

Manpower Inc. has a new Website designed to provide up-to-the-minute employment law information. The Manpower Employment Blawg/—subtitled Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Employment Law (But Didn't Want to Pay a Lawyer to Ask)—contains information ranging from employment law alerts to handy template, tools, and tips. Contact the Tri-Cities branch at (509) 735-7444.

Register for multicultural business directory


The deadline to register your multicultural business in The Guide to Multicultural Businesses and Services Directory has been extended to November 21, 2007. So far, 183 businesses have registered to be listed, but the sponsors—the Small Business Development Center in partnership with Tri-City Development Council, the Historically Underutilized Business Committee, the Department of Energy, and CH2M HILL—are hoping for at least 250 before going to print. This directory will provide multicultural businesses with a free listing, showcase ethnic business diversity, and be made available free to the public in 2008. Contact Susan Peters at the Small Business Development Center at (509) 547-0511, ext. 3136.

Difficult people

A Tri-City Herald column about dealing with difficult people in the workplace, based on a Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network meeting in Richland, Wash., in September, is available online.

Export loan program extended


The U.S. Small Business Administration will extend its Export Express pilot program through September 30, 2008. The program helps small businesses to start or expand export programs by providing loans of up to $250,000 and related assistance in marketing, management, and planning. Export Express terms and conditions closely follow those of the SBA Express loan guaranty, but carry the 75- to 85-percent guaranty of the standard 7(a) loan. Loan applicants must demonstrate that the loan will enable them to enter or expand an export market and must have been in business, though not necessarily exporting, for at least 12 months. Contact Richard Ginsburg at (202) 205-7429.

Coming Up

Smartmap Expo ~ ~

Photo Dart board

OCTOBER 4. The 5th Annual Smartmap Expo is October 4, 2007 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. The expo, which is expected to draw at least 130 exhibitors, is billed as the premier manufacturing networking event in the Pacific Northwest. Attendees can network with successful manufacturers, suppliers, and resource providers as well as attend seminars on the best manufacturing and exporting practices. The seminars and manufacturers' exposition are free. The TRIDEC Manufacturing Appreciation Luncheon is $25 for TRIDEC members and $30 for nonmembers. To attend the luncheon, RSVP to (509) 735-1000 by September 28. To register, go to, click on "calendar and event forms," then "Smartmap Expo 2007." Contact Gary A. White at (509) 735-1000.

Learn about research tax credits

Tax Info

OCTOBER 18. As part of the Food for Thought speaker series, Darren Szendre of Tri-Cities Tax Solutions will speak on research tax credits on October 18 in Richland. Darren will describe the federal and state tax credits available for qualified research activities and explain who qualifies, how to apply, and how to pre-position a business to realize additional tax savings in future years. This free session, part of the Food for Thought series, is from noon to 1 pm at the Applied Process Engineering Laboratory conference room, 350 Hills St., Richland. The topic is designed for tech businesses and researchers and is open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their own brown-bag lunches. Seating is limited; please register to streamline the security log-in process by contacting Suzanne Mitchell at (509) 372-5146.

Boeing executive to speak at TRIDEC luncheon ~ ~


OCTOBER 19. RESERVE BY OCTOBER 15. Mike Bair, Hanford High alumnus and Boeing Vice President and General Manager for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Program, will be the featured speaker at the October 19 Tri-City Development Council luncheon. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a new, super-efficient, mid-size commercial airline. The luncheon will be at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash., from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. To reserve your ticket ($20 for TRIDEC members and $25 for non-members and at the door), contact Kristi Kesler at (509) 735-1000.

Earthquake protection technologies


OCTOBER 19. Saif Hussain, Coffman Engineers, will discuss new technologies designed to protect structures and people from earthquakes on October 19 as part of the Spokane Science and Technology Discovery Series. It's 7:30 to 9 am at The Spokane Athletic Club, with a buffet breakfast included. The individual membership rate is $250 for the eight-part speaker series and includes two guest passes. Register online. Contact Laurie Hassell at (206) 465-4691.

Former CIA director speaks on energy security

Woolsley R. James Woosley

OCTOBER 24, REGISTER BY OCTOBER 23. A free satellite broadcast, "Energy Security and the Ethanol Economy," is slated for October 24 in Pasco. Former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woosley will speak about the link between U.S. dependence on foreign oil and national security, how an energy policy could be crafted to lower the risk of regional conflict and promote greater national security, how to increase ethanol production in the next ten years, and how pine forests in the Northwest and Southeast can contribute to the emerging ethanol economy. A panel discussion follows with Woosley; William Koros, Georgia Institute of Technology; Nick Bowdish, Fagin, Inc.; Steven Miller, Chevron Energy Technology Company; and Thomas Claugus, GMT Capital. The event is presented live from Atlanta by the MIT Enterprise Forum and the Georgia Research Alliance in collaboration with the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute. The broadcast will be received live at the Columbia Basin College Library, L-102, in Pasco starting at 4 to 5:30 or 6 pm. It's free and open to the public, but you must register by October 23 by contacting Alice Ettesvold at (509) 375-2068.

Using data for decision making ~ ~


OCTOBER 29 and 30; REGISTER BY OCTOBER 22. Entrepreneurs and growth-oriented companies are invited to attend the American Society for Quality's Performance Measures and Statistics, a workshop to introduce the use of data for management decision-making. The two-day course will be held at the Richland Red Lion Inn on October 29. Steve Prevette, instructor and ASQ-certified Quality Engineer, will discuss the complete lifecycle of data from collection to implementation and explain how data and statistics can be used to measure performance. The course is $250 for non-ASQ members and $200 for members. More information . . . To register, contact Steve Prevette by October 22 at (509) 373-9371.

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.

October 1 - PowerPoint for Businesses (CBC, W-165)
October 4 - Create a "WOW" Resume (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)
October 8 - Word for Businesses (CBC, W-165)
October 9 - Starting Your Business: Questions You Were Afraid to Ask (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)
October 10 - QuickBooks Intro (CBC, W-165)
October 11 - Marketing: Your Key to Success (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)
October 15 - Excel for Businesses (CBC, W-165)
October 16 - Is Franchising for Me? Franchise 101 Part I (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)
October 17 - QuickBooks Pro I (CBC, W-165)
October 18 - Introduction to Payroll Basics (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)
October 22 - Outlook for the Small Business User: More Than Just Email (CBC, W-165)
October 23 - Is Franchising for Me? Franchise 101 Part II (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)
October 24 - QuickBooks Pro II (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)
October 25 - The Legalities of Owning or Buying a Business (Attorney Coke Roth's office, 8836 Gage Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336)
October 29 - Employee Performance Maximized (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)
October 30 - Immigration Informed (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)

Freakonomics author to speak at small business conference


NOVEMBER 8; REGISTER BY NOVEMBER 5. The Washington Policy Center will host the 2007 Statewide Small Business Conference at the SeaTac Hilton in Seattle on November 8. Business owners, investors, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend the breakout sessions featuring discussions about business taxes, affordable health care, technology and entrepreneurship, streamlined sales tax, permit streamlining, and more. Special guest speakers will be Stephen Dubner, co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Freakonomics, and Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna. The conference is from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. The cost is $50 per person or $350 for a table of ten; breakfast and lunch are included. Register. Contact Carl Gipson at (206) 937-9691.

Save the Date

Investment pitch clinic


NOVEMBER 13. The Alliance of Angels 10-Minute Pitch Clinic will help businesses better position themselves to seek angel investor capital. The interactive workshop will include an overview of the Alliance of Angels' process and the components of a good 10-minute pitch, as well as time to craft and refine each attending company's message. The clinic will take place November 13 from 2:30 to 5 pm at the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland, Wash. The fee is $50. Register by November 12. More information and to register.

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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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