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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.

April 2009 Issue


PNNL to receive economic stimulus funding

Richland, Wash.-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will receive $124 million from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds are for capital upgrades and instrumentation for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory and the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, and for energy conservation projects on the PNNL campus in Richland. In addition to the funding from the Office of Science, PNNL has submitted proposals for Recovery Act funding to other DOE program offices and other federal agencies that support research at PNNL. Contact at (509) 372-4864.

Tri-Cities ranked second nationally for job outlook

Forbes named the Tri-Cities as the number two spot in the country for job growth next quarter. The story "Best Cities for New Jobs This Spring" cites the region's "impressive number of engineers and scientists" and research being conducted in fields such as biofuels and fuel cells. The area's projected net employment outlook came in at +19%, second only to nearby Yakima, Wash. throughout the country.

Meier Architecture Engineering named finalist for national award

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has named Kennewick, Wash.-based Meier Architecture Engineering one of the seven regional finalists for its 2009 Small Business of the Year award. Meier is the Northwest region finalist for the award that will be presented at the America's Small Business Summit 2009 in Washington, D.C., in May. Meier will also receive a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award at the event as one of the top 56 small businesses in the country. Contact at (509) 735-1589.

Cadwell increases share of AMIC

Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation, based in Kennewick, Wash., announced that one of its directors has increased its share of the company by converting preferred stock into common stock. Carl Cadwell, a member of the company's board of directors, converted 95,000 shares of Series A preferred Stock into nearly 11,000 shares of common stock. The transaction increases Cadwell's share in the company to approximately 40%. The company produces and distributes medical isotopes for advanced diagnostic and non-surgical therapeutic applications. Contact at (509) 736-4000.

Tri-City Regional Chamber welcomes new employees

Melissa McAloon

Colin Hastings

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the addition of Colin Hastings as its public policy director and Melissa McAloon as its member services director. Hastings will coordinate the Chamber's governmental affairs agenda, work with elected officials, and keep members up-to-date on legislative issues. McAloon will focus on ensuring fulfillment of member benefits and services, membership retention, and strengthening the membership base. Contact at (509) 736-0510.

Opportunities and Tools

Nominations open for Small Business Awards

APRIL 2. The Mid-Columbia Small Business Awards Committee, coordinated by the Three Rivers Alliance of Chambers, is accepting nominations to recognize small businesses in Benton and Franklin Counties for exceptional customer service, outstanding commitment to employees, and superior community relations. The awards are presented to small businesses that best exemplify the qualities of honesty, fairness, ethical business practices, and concern for employees and customers. The application deadline is Thursday, April 2, 2008. The awards will be presented in May. Contact at (509) 967-1063.

National Institutes of Health stimulus funding grants available

The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications for $1.5 billion in funds made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The organization will award grants to fund scientific research on topics that address specific scientific and health research challenges in biomedical and behavioral research. Funds will also be awarded for construction and improvement of research facilities, and the purchase of scientific equipment. Download more information and grant applications.

Wiley post-doctoral fellowship program

APRIL 15. The U.S. Department of Energy's Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, located on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory campus in Richland, Wash., has launched the William Wiley Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program. The purpose of this Fellowship is to attract high-performing, newly graduated junior Ph.D. scientists who have the potential to become full time scientific staff at EMSL. Candidates for the Fellowship must display superb ability in scientific research and must show definite promise of becoming outstanding leaders in the research they pursue. The deadline for applications for this Fellowship is April 15, 2009. Download terms of the appointment and application information.

Vendor space available at energy expo

The Sustainable Energy and Environmental Network (SEEnet) has booths available for businesses and groups interested in participating in the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Expo (formerly the Alternative Energy Expo). The event will be held April 24 & 25 at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash. The event is free and open to the public and will include exhibits and demonstrations on a wide variety of environmental issues, alternative energy, conservation, current and emerging technologies, and an Electrathon race. Applications are due April 15. Download more information and exhibitor application. Contact at (509) 531-5677.

Resources online

1) The article "Protecting intellectual property vital" was published in the Tri-City Herald on March 1. The article outlines the use of patents and copyrights - the two most popular methods for protecting intellectual property. 2) Seattle 2.0 is a website created to provide technology entrepreneurs with the tools and resources needed to build great companies. The site is written by members of the tech business world. Suggestions for topics, features, and guest blog posts are encouraged.

Coming Up

Technology based economic development presentation

APRIL 1. The Columbia Basin Chapter of the American Society for Quality's April meeting will feature the presentation "Of Silos, Swim Lanes and Stovepipes" by Mike Schwenk, Vice President of Battelle and Director of Technology Deployment and Outreach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. The presentation will focus on what "technology-based economic development" means and how to go about it, regardless of the size or location of the community. Schwenk will also talk about the importance of government, industry, and academia working together to become more innovative and develop answers to pressing global questions and concerns. The meeting will be held at the Shilo Inn in Richland, Wash., with check-in and networking beginning at 5:30 pm, chapter business and buffet dinner at 6 pm, followed by the presentation at 7 pm. The cost is $17 for members and $20 for non-members, or $5 for the presentation only. To register, contact at (509) 371-2221 with your name, phone number, and company affiliation.

Small Business Cost Proposal & Government Accounting Workshop

APRIL 1. The Washington Technology Center is hosting a Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer workshop in Vancouver, Wash., featuring Jim Greenwood of the Greenwood Consulting Group, well-known SBIR and STTR consultants. The workshop will focus on the cost proposal and accounting for SBIR and STTR awards and will cover basic terms and concepts like direct versus indirect rates, allowable and unallowable costs, and cost proposal format variations among the Federal agencies. The session will also include an exercise to estimate the indirect/facilities & administrative rate for a business. More information and online registration. Contact at (509) 372-5146.

Washington Innovation Summit 2009

APRIL 9. Washington Innovation Summit 2009 in Bellevue, Wash., will bring together more than 400 innovators and thought leaders in sustainability and technology who are driving industry development in sustainable energy, innovative materials & manufacturing, urban sustainability, and healthy ecosystems. The Summit will focus on how we are developing innovative and sustainable approaches to realize our opportunities and overcome challenges. Keynote speakers will include Gifford Pinchot III, co-founder and president emeritus of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Thomas E. Plimpton, vice chairman of PACCAR. Presenters from the Tri-Cities include Mike Schwenk and Jim Buelt of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Jeff Surma of InEnTec, and Birgitte Ahring of the Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory at WSU Tri-Cities. Full registration is $230 and includes all summit breakout and general sessions, breakfast, lunch, and reception. Registration for the reception only is $45. Register online.

Invention to Venture event

APRIL 10. The Invention to Venture: Commercialization in Life Sciences workshop will be held in Portland, Ore. The workshop is designed to provide information on transforming research into real ventures. Commercialization processes and the roles a researcher can play in those processes will be examined through four case studies of real ventures. The workshop will be held from 8:30 am - 5 pm on the Oregon Health & Sciences University campus. The cost is $25 students, researchers, faculty, and staff, and $50 for others. Register online.

Mark Your Calendar

Tour of Kadlec Medical Center

MAY 5. The Columbia Basin Chapter of the American Society for Quality's May meeting will be a site visit to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. The meeting will include a tour of the facility and information about Kadlec's services, and the processes and tools they use to ensure quality in all aspects of the services they provide. In recent years, Kadlec has expanded both in physical size and layout as well as equipment and services offered, which now includes cardiovascular, neurological and other specialized services that were not available locally a few years ago. Kadlec is home to a growing open heart surgery and interventional cardiology program, the region's only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a world-class all digital outpatient imaging center as well as a number of other innovative services and programs. Space is very limited for this visit, so get your reservation in as soon as possible. Attendees are asked to wear closed shoes (no sandals). Check-in will begin at 5:45 p.m., and the tour will start at 6 pm. There is no cost for this event, but space is very limited so early reservations are recommended. To register, contact at (509) 371-2221 with your name, phone number, and company affiliation.

Information Technology Day 2009

MAY 6. Information Technology Day 2009 will be held at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash. The event is designed to increase information technology business and training throughout the community. The keynote speaker will be Robert Safian, Editor and Managing Director of the award-winning monthly business magazine Fast Company. The event will run from 9 am to 5 pm and will include educational sessions throughout the day. Topics will include speakers addressing how information technology makes their work more cost-competitive and productive, as well as sessions on communications, energy, green technology, network solutions, small business, and cyber security. The event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin, Inc. and is free of charge. Register online.

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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