Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Congressman Adam Smith speaks at Rotary this week

Congressman Adam Smith, a long time supporter of technology and high tech jobs in our area, will be speaking in Tacoma at the Rotary 8 luncheon this Thursday, October 20th, at the Landmark Convention Center. His timely presentation will be on The Economy and the Federal Budget. If you're not a member and interested in attending, reservations are suggested. Contact the Rotary office at 253-473-7723. For more information, visit: http://www.rotary8.org/index.php

Internet Sales Tax.
Yesterday the US Congress introduced a law with bipartisan support allowing all states the ability to collect sales tax from large online sellers - regardless whether they have a nexus location in the state. This will be an issue to watch. Aside from the obvious state benefit, it could reduce sales - and jobs - for Washington-based companies who sell online around the country. What are your thoughts on this issue?

Friday, October 14, 2011

SiteCrafting Honored

Puget Sound Business Journal announced that SiteCrafting was ranked among the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies at an awards event at the Washington State Convention Center on Oct. 12.

The event, which drew nearly 500 people, announced and honored all 100 companies on the list and revealed each company’s ranking. The 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies are listed, with select companies profiled, in a special publication of the Business Journal on Oct. 14.

The Fastest-Growing Private Companies program was launched 17 years ago by the Puget Sound Business Journal to identify and recognize companies speeding to the top of their industries. To be eligible, companies must: be privately held and headquartered in Washington; have at least $500,000 in net revenue in 2008; show an overall growth from 2008 to 2010 fiscal years; and agree to have their CPA confirm their net
operating revenues with Puget Sound Business Journal.

"The companies that make this list are, by definition, among the most dynamic in our region," said Business Journal Publisher Gordon Prouty "Especially this year, they have beaten the odds imposed by the Great Recession, making membership on this elite list all the more impressive. These companies are showing all of us what qualities it takes to grow in challenging times."

SiteCrafting President Brian Forth said, “I have always been, and continue to be proud of this company. We have thrived during challenging economic times by focusing on our people and providing outstanding customer service.”

The 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies program is presented by the Puget Sound Business Journal and sponsored by Lane Powell, Robert Half International, BDO, Comcast Business Class and Sound Mental Health.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cyber Monday Linkup: Exploring E-Commerce in Tacoma

A LinkedIn Event

Cyber Monday Linkup: Exploring E-Commerce in Tacoma
Mon, Nov 28 4pm-6pm
William Factory Business Incubator, Tacoma, WA, US

A panel of South Puget Sound E-Commerce leaders will discuss the critical components of e-commerce in business today, how they grew their own e-business, and what can be done to help both existing businesses and entrepreneurs incubate e-business, e-jobs and e-educational resources in the Tacoma area

Sponsors and supporters include the Tacoma-Pierce Co. Chamber, Click! Network, and KLAY AM Radio. KLAY will broadcast and stream the discussion live.

The following Monday, Dec. 5th, a One-Stop E-commerce Vendor Fair will enable companies or entrepreneurs interested in ecomm to easily meet one-on-one with a variety of local service providers to help them with questions on security, logistics, connectivity, education, development, etc. More information to follow as it becomes available.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

NW Startup DEMO Calls for Entries

NW Startup DEMO Fall 2011: Call for Entries Now Open
Deadline for submissions: October 28

Northwest Startup DEMO is back with its Fall 2011 edition! 

Some of the hottest start-ups have made their debut on previous NW Startup DEMO events. If your startup can DEMO its product or service in front of a live audience and panel of judges, they  want to hear from you, but be sure to read their submission tips and tricks first to provide the best application possible!

Based on your submissions, 10 to 12 companies will be selected to present to the screening committee on November 10. From there, the committee will select the finalists that will participate in the Northwest Startup DEMO – Fall 2011 event to be held at One Union Square Boardroom on December 1st.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

ISSA Meets Tonight

Rainier Chapter

University of Washington Tacoma
Tacoma Room (GWP 320)
Tuesday October 4, 2011
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

(Different guest speaker EVERY 1st Tuesday of each month)
FREE Open to all

Topic for Tuesday Oct. 4th, 2011
The 2012 Threat Landscape and Advanced Persistent Threats

Speakers provided by McAfee
Dan Wolff and Steve Peoppe
Dan Wolff is on the McAfee Solutions Management team responsible for Endpoint Security and NAC products. He has fifteen years of engineering and product management experience in the areas of information security and web analytics. He was the product manager for Entercept (now McAfee HIPS) and the Desktop Firewall.

Steve Poeppe, CISSP, is on the McAfee Gov/Ed Solution Engineering team responsible for technical pre and post sales activities for the West. Steve hails from 12 year of public sector experience having been the Deputy CISO for State of Idaho and SSO for Superior Court Arizona. Steve’s private sector experience includes managing projects and software deployment for Server Access Control at Hewlett-Packard.