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04/30/2005 - Terabyte Tidbits

NIOSH/CDC & SIRTI Sign Technology Development Agreement
Thursday, April 28, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) signed a Technology Development Agreement with the Spokane Intercollegiate Research & Technology Institute (SIRTI). The agreement allows the NIOSH/CDC to offer SIRTI, on a non-exclusive basis, the opportunity to commercialize technology developed by any division of the Centers. The agreement further offers SIRTI the right of exclusive licensing of certain technology from the NIOSH/CDC, if the organization deems SIRTI the best route to fulfill the commercial potential of the technology. The agreement marks the first instance of SIRTI evaluating and possibly commercializing technology from a Federal agency. It also reflects a priority of NIOSH/CDC to realize the full potential of discoveries made in its labs, under a program known as “Research to Practice.”

Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program Business Plan Competition Finalists Announced
Winners will be announced on April 29.
A record number of twenty-nine teams submitted plans to the 2004-2005 Business Plan Competition, conducted in collaboration with the Eastern Washington University Center for Entrepreneurship Activities and the Whitworth College School of Commerce and Global Management. A record total of $42,500 in prize money is available in three categories. After two rounds of reviews, nine finalists have been selected:
Student-Generated: Experience Art (Christi Anne Hofland, Julia Bauler); Medex (Tommy McWilliams, Ryan Lee); Original Lacrosse (Evan Castiglia, Ryan Leong, Drew Shemchuk)
Social Enterprise: Mentor Partnering Resource (Jordanna Chord); Spokane County Community Market (Baraka Poulin, Shawn Wheeler, Chris Shellooe, Danielle Rankin, Kaitlin Vadla); Sunset Dental Services (Marci Lynch, Emily Lynch, Gary Lynch)
Community-Based: Al Hayek Arts (Bassam Al Hayek, Suman Polepaka, Tobias Mayer); Remote Monitoring Technologies (Stacy Frances, Brad Herr, Chantel Linquist, Mike McCarthy, Whitney Parsons); Vocere (Spencer Abel, Nick Foley, Brian McCarthy, Sean Stokke)

Thanks to this year’s Review Panel: David Miller (Successful Project Management), Vic Forni (United Way), Lunell Haught (Haught Strategies), Hank Artis (TechConnect North), David Wingate (WA State CTED), Marc McConnell (Jireh Systems), Gary Fievez (Corporate Resources), Randy Fewel (Inland Northwest Bank), Jan Romerdahl (US Bank), Dan Roark (Matrical), Mike Estess (NW Business Development Assn), Carla Preston (Spokane SBDC).

SITSA Presents “Support Vector Machine”
Tuesday, May 10, Socializing: 5:30 pm; Presentation: 6:00 pm, Presented by: Atsushi Inoue, Eastern Washington University, John L. Mill, Spokane Falls Community College.
According to Inoue, Support Vector Machine (SVM) is a recently emerged machine learning methodology that has demonstrated its superior performance to various conventional classifiers, including three-layer neural networks, in complex application domains such as text classification and image recognition. Since its first introduction to the ACM Workshop on Computational Learning Theory in 1992, this has been actively discussed in the neural information processing society and now forms of a large diverse community including, but not limited to, machine learning, optimization, statistics, neural networks and functional analysis. Currently, we are addressing classification tasks related to cyber security (e.g., SPAM filter and intrusion detection) with an approach concerning reinforcement of support vector classifier.

When: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 Socializing: 5:30 pm; Presentation: 6:00 pm
Where: Gonzaga University, Herak Engineering Center
Room 301, 3rd floor
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, Washington 99258

Cookies will be provided. Free Admission. Parking is available on Sharp and the surrounding neighborhood. On campus parking requires a permit.

Spokane .NET Users Group presents, “The Enterprise Library of Application Blocks”
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 6:00 PM. Presented by Keith Pleas. Microsoft “Application Blocks” can be used to quickly build out significant portions of your application with proven and tested code. This session shows you how to take advantage of their common application architecture, where to use the blocks, and how to modify them for your own use. Pleas is one of the founders of Guided Design and has worked for more than two years on the team developing the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET. Pleas is an internationally known writer and speaker and is the Editorial Chair for VBITS. He is also a contributing editor to Visual Studio Magazine and has developed Microsoft Professional Certification Exams.

The seminar will be at Gonzaga University, Herak Engineering Center, Room 244, 502 E. Boone Ave. Spokane, Washington 99258. Free Admission. Parking is available on Sharp and the surrounding neighborhood. On campus parking requires a permit.

Marketing and Minority & Women Business Certification
Thursday, May 12, the Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) will be conducting two free briefings in Spokane as part of Small Business Month. The U.S. Small Business Administration will host these free OMWBE workshops in their training room at 801 West Riverside Avenue, 2nd floor. Call Spokane SBA at 353-2811 to preregister for one or both free seminars.
Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses” 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Small businesses face many challenges in today’s competitive marketplace. A marketing plan is critical to the success of any business, large or small. Attend this free workshop and learn how to put marketing to work for you. Topics include:
How to find and keep customers,
Using marketing tools to increase sales and customer satisfaction
Creating a marketing plan (planning guide and worksheets included)
“Washington State Minority and Women Business Certification” 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
If you are a minority, woman, or person of social and economic disadvantage who owns and controls a business in Washington, attend this free certification briefing to find out how your business can benefit. Topics covered by OMWBE include:
Eligibility requirement for certification with Washington state and the U.S. Dept of Transportation programs;
Available financial assistance;
How certification can help your business; and
Available entrepreneurial training and technical assistance.
Marketing Associates of Spokane presents, “The Power of Planning”
Thursday, May 12, 2005 from Noon – 1:30pm. Paul Brown, principal with Summit Advisory LLC, will speak on "The Power of Planning." The objectives of this dynamic discussion will be to: Clarify the role of strategic decision-making as a business leadership tool; demonstrate how to differentiate a company from the competition in nine different ways, resulting in over 386,000 different strategic positions; explore how to engage your management team to reveal new strategic positions; define four perspectives to use when selecting the best strategy for your business; and explore how to involve others in a comprehensive four-stage process for turning your Vision into Action and establishing accountability

The meeting will be Thursday, May 12, 2005 from Noon - 1:30pm at the Red Lion Inn at the Park, 303 West North River Drive in Spokane. The cost is $15 for MAS members and $25 for non-members; a buffet lunch is included. Reservation deadline is March 8. For membership information or to make a reservation, contact MAS Vice President Jamie Miller at (509) 927-7747 or visit the MAS website at www.maspokane.org.

Business Loan Briefing by Spokane SBA – Free
A Small Business Month Activity
May 12, 2005 and May 26, 2005 The U.S. Small Business Administration conducts free Business Loan Briefings on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The briefings start promptly at 11:45 am and last approximately one hour. Come to a loan briefing at SBA’s Training Center at 801 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 240 in Spokane. Call Adrienne at Spokane SBA at 1-509-353-2811 to register. Anyone interested in how to get a loan to start, expand, or buy a small business should attend. You will learn what lenders look for in a credit application, what resources and financing programs are available, and where to go next.

May 12, 2005, 5:30 p.m. The newly formed Spokane Small Business Server User Group (SSBSUG) is open to anyone interested in small business technology with a particular focus on Windows Small Business Server (SBS). Membership is free. SSBSUG meets at the Multi-purpose Room, Fire House #4, 1515 W. 1st Ave. (New Fire House at entrance to Browne's Addition). Park and enter on West side.

AGENDA: Network: Introduce yourself to other individuals interested in SBS. Bring your questions and success stories to share.
Presentation: “Small Business Technology Overview”. Bob Romney will lead a discussion on the technology needs of small business owners and ways these needs are being met with affordable technology solutions. Topics include paperless fax services, working from home, and how to use your cell phone to send and receive e-mail.
Discussion: “SBS Service Pack 1”. If you’re tired of all the time you spend keeping your SBS box ‘patched up’, you’ll be glad to hear that Service Pack 1 is in full beta now and may be available as soon as June. This service pack will roll-up many of the security patches and hotfixes that are currently being applied one-at-a-time. We’ll share what we know about updates to each of SBS’s major components.

Questions? Contact Bob Romney at (509) 455-8173 or bobromney@msn.com.

Forensic Experts to Expose the Realities of Crime Scene Investigation at “Eastern Edge: CSI Spokane”
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 --11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thanks to a series of hit “Crime Scene Investigation” television shows, “forensic scientist” is now on the list of things a high school student might say they want to be when they grow up. But, what do forensic scientists actually do? What kinds of careers are out there for them? Eastern Washington University, in partnership with the Spokane Area Economic Development Council, will present “Eastern Edge: CSI Spokane” at the Ridpath Hotel, W. 515 Sprague Avenue, Spokane.

The event will feature Sarah Keller, Ph.D., EWU professor of anthropology and consultant to detectives throughout the Inland Northwest, and Peter Bilous, Ph.D., EWU professor of forensic science. Forensic investigations aren’t usually wrapped up in an hour by a couple of hot-shot detectives as seen on television. Keller will provide a behind-the-scenes look at investigation – focusing on her specialty of examining bone material and drawing from more than 30 years of experience investigating forensic cases. Bilous will draw from his biochemistry background to discuss the lab side of forensics, Eastern’s forensic science program and the benefits of the newly opened Washington State Patrol Regional Crime Lab on Eastern’s campus.

Cost is $10 per person. Open to the public. RSVP by Tue., May 17, by calling (509) 235-5034 or on-line at www.ewu.edu/easternedge. No refunds or cancellations after Fri., May 20.

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