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DOE lab offers improved access to small businesses

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August 12, 1994 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — "I'm from the federal government and I'm here to help you." What once was a gibe now represents a standard way of doing business for the new Office of Small Business Programs established at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest Laboratory.

Built around this motto, the aim of the office is to serve as a direct and immediate link to the diverse scientific and technical resources at PNL for small businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest. In cooperation with Idaho National Engineering Laboratory and other DOE laboratories, PNL will offer services to businesses in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska.

Through OSBP, small businesses will find timely access to expertise in a variety of fields -- from biotechnology and life sciences to robotics and environmental remediation. In all, PNL has approximately 2,000 researchers applying science and technology to a variety of research and development programs.

"Because PNL is a multidisciplinary national laboratory, we have scientists and engineers working in just about every technical field and also can offer access to state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories," said Gary Spanner, manager of OSBP. "The aim is to make PNL's assets available to support the technical needs of small businesses, bypassing hurdles that they may have encountered in the past."

To illustrate that the motto is more than rhetoric, Spanner has set several goals for the new office. Spanner's aim is to return calls within 24 hours, and to determine whether or not PNL has capabilities relevant to the request within two days of receiving an inquiry.

The small business office offers a variety of services, including technical assistance, short-term use of PNL facilities and equipment, development of partnerships through personnel exchanges and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements and referrals to federal research and invention funding sources.

DOE sees the improved linkages with small businesses as a means of boosting the competitiveness of U.S. businesses, creating opportunities for regional small businesses and helping to diversify the region's economy.

For more information, contact Gary Spanner, (509) 372-4296 or the local Small Business Development Center. For information specific to INEL's program, contact Lloyd McClure at (208) 526-1170.

Tags: Environment, National Security, Operations, Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Environmental Remediation, Economic Development, Facilities

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