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Catching our breath.

Catching our breath.

If there was ever a right time and a right place, Washington’s Ventec Life Systems would be in it. As the nation is held in the grip of a global pandemic, the shortage of ventilators has become sadly apparent. Currently, there are only 160,000 ventilators in the...

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To infinity and beyond.

To infinity and beyond.

Washington is well known for being a hotbed for commercial and military aviation. But did you know that every spacecraft bound for planetary or interplanetary exploration over the last 50 years carries a piece of Washington with it? From the Curiosity Mars lander to...

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A retirement plan for us all.

A retirement plan for us all.

When the economy is chugging along on all eight cylinders, it can be difficult for small businesses to attract and retain top talent. Bigger companies have an advantage, being able to offer perks that up until now weren’t affordable or even available to small...

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An economic powerhouse.

An economic powerhouse.

Yes, Silicon Valley is still the darling of the tech world. But nipping right at its heels is a state just to its north, Washington. Together, these two states have solidified the Pacific Coast as an economic juggernaut and stronghold of technological innovation and...

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State launches new portal for manufacturers.

State launches new portal for manufacturers.

Navigating the regulatory environment can be a complex undertaking for manufacturers. Washington’s new online Regulatory Roadmap will ease some of that pain, allowing businesses to explore their options through a new online portal. The portal is the first of its kind...

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New maritime accelerator launched.

New maritime accelerator launched.

The Washington State Department of Commerce, Port of Seattle and WeWork Labs have combined forces to open the new Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator. Eleven companies were accepted into the inaugural program. These participating startups will benefit from four...

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A titanic undertaking.

A titanic undertaking.

Sure, space exploration gets all the headlines. Seeing a rocket blasting off to the outer reaches of the cosmos is exciting stuff. But when it comes to true adventure – exploration of the unknown – it’s hard to hold a candle (or rocket) to inner space, the Earth’s...

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A capital venture indeed.

A capital venture indeed.

Washington State companies had a banner year when it came to venture capital. According to Pitchbook, 375 deals totaling $3.5 billion were made in 2019, up from $3 billion the year before and $1.7 billion in 2017. Highlights of the VC funding frenzy included Convoy,...

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Get ready to Thrive!

Get ready to Thrive!

Designed for second-stage companies that are trying to get over the hump to continue their exponential growth, the Washington State Department of Commerce has launched its new program, Thrive!. Thrive connects second-stage CEOs with subject matter experts on a range...

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An electrifying moment in aviation history.

An electrifying moment in aviation history.

While it didn’t take place in Kitty Hawk, the first test flight of MagniX’s all-electric seaplane was a significant milestone, not only for the company but aviation in general. Mounted on a modified Harbour Air de Havilland Beaver, the 750-horsepower Magni500 electric...

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Blue Origin expanding space.

Blue Origin expanding space.

Blue Origin’s workforce stood at about 600 three and a half years ago. Today it is at 2,500 and heading toward 3,500 next year. The company has long said it's been running out of space at its Kent headquarters. But soon, the company will have a lot more space to work...

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A Cosmic experience.

A Cosmic experience.

Move over Honey Crisp and Red Delicious. There’s a new apple in town. Known as the Cosmic Crisp, the Washington-bred apple has been in development for more than two decades and is just reaching supermarket shelves throughout the state this week. According to Bruce...

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