2010 Regional Expo to open for business Wednesday

Dale Washburn wants his message to generate a buzz among the Tri-City business community.

The founder of Washburn Communication, a strategic marketing services agency, has opened a Kennewick office to help hi-tech startups communicate their business value to customers and also make it easier for small business to connect with other businesses.

The Tri-Cities has the necessary economic development infrastructure and a culture of innovation, Washburn said.

His company, which counts several large Silicon Valley companies as clients, worked on a technology transfer project in the mid-1990s in the Tri-Cities.

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Tri-Cities Research District, Washington State University Tri-Cities, port districts and other public and private agencies are working together to pave the way for a post-Hanford economy, he said, adding his company wants to be part of that growth.

That's why Washburn is participating in the 2010 Regional "Open for Business" Expo next week.

The expo, sponsored by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the TRAC in Pasco.

Washburn said his company has been in business for more than 15 years and worked with clients globally. It offers marketing and content development services tailored to the specific needs of a client, he said. "We can help businesses identify their markets and execute their strategies."

He said he is excited about making a presentation at the expo, a business-to-business event for companies.

The expo has become a premier networking event for business owners, said Jens Lee, the chamber's marketing and communications director. More than 100 exhibitors are participating in the expo, which will include a government contracting course, he said.

Noted innovation speaker and author Robert B. Tucker will talk about "Innovative Thinking" during his keynote address, Lee said.

General admission to the expo is free with a business card. Tickets for the luncheon are $18 for chamber members and $22 for non-members. Reservations are required and the deadline is today. For more information, call 736-0510 or visit

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