PNNL-led effort seeks to improve energy stored in electric car batteries

By Frances White Electric cars with significantly smaller, lighter and less expensive batteries could be on the horizon if a new national research effort achieves its ambitious goal of significantly improving upon the batteries that power today’s electric vehicles. Led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, the Battery500 consortium will receive up to $10 million […]

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The clean dozen: 12 techs near commercial use

By Frances White A dozen clean energy technologies that enable everything from lightweight, fuel-sipping cars to the expansion of renewable energy and cleaner fossil fuel use are getting a boost at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. DOE is awarding PNNL about $4.4 million to bring the 12 technologies closer to commercial use, […]

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Banking & Finance

Preparing now for future financing challenges can save time, stress

By Robert Nesbitt for TCAJoB While day-to-day tasks keep the wheels in motion for any business, successful entrepreneurs always keep an eye on long-term financial goals. Securing financing for your company’s expansion can seem like a far-off concern with all of the immediate challenges of running a growing business. However, the earlier you begin to […]

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Employers can’t afford to sit out this election season

By Kris Johnson for TCAJoB As I’ve traveled the state the last few months as part of the Association of Washington Business’ (AWB) small business listening tour, I’ve noticed campaign signs for nearly every race and political persuasion, from president to county precinct officer. It’s tempting in this era of divided politics to dismiss the […]

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Business Management

Using phantom stock to reward (and retain) key personnel

By Beau Ruff for TCAJOB One challenge for the business owner is attracting and retaining key personnel. This challenge permeates all businesses from the largest to the smallest. At some point, the key person needs more incentive to stay and excel. One common tool to incentivize the employee to stay is to offer the employee […]

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Business Management

How to tap human motivation to create a healthy organization

By Allen Johnson, Ph.D. for TCAJOB What is the best way to move an organization toward a quality culture? How can positive change be made without eliciting employee anxiety or resentment? Understanding how people are motivated is key. One thing is certain: people are not motivated by the visions of other people. They are motivated […]

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