SBA Portland District Office Newsletter - December 2012

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December 2012

Portland District Office Newsletter

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Happy Holidays!

The Portland District Office wishes you and your family a happy holiday season. We hope your holidays are relaxing and filled with friends and family. We enjoyed working with you in 2012 and look forward to the new opportunities 2013 may bring!  

Developing Clean Energy, One Briquette at a Time

Hiroshi Morihara holding HM3 Energy's TorrB Briquettes

Hiroshi Morihara has had a long, distinguished career in business; from being a mechanical engineer, inventing silicon manufacturing processes, starting up manufacturing plants, working as a consultant in semiconductor and biotech industries and developing property. It wasn’t until the beginning of this century though, after his wife suggested he return to inventing, that he developed the idea for HM3 Energy.  He had just finished reading a book about energy and hearing a speech on the environmental ramifications of coal plants, when it hit him. His invention would be a cleaner form of energy, and that’s just what HM3 Energy has developed.

In order to get where they are today, HM3 Energy needed funding. They accessed that through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, a highly competitive program that encourages small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development that has the potential for commercialization. Through an awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

>Read HM3 Energy's Success Story

Oregon Small Business Forum - Marketing on a Shoestring Budget

Have you been looking for marketing tips? Learn how your business can amplify your message on the web through email marketing, blogs and e-newsletters. Identify how your business is unique, create your ideal customer profile and discover ways to increase profitability through the first ever virtual Oregon Small Business Forum on January 22, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., via web conference.

Mazarine Treyz, author of Wild Scoial Media will present Content Marketing for Small Business. Stacy Green of Stacy Green Marketing will present Keeping it Simple and Art Hill, Vice President of Economic Development at Blue Mountain Community College will present How a Small Business can Generate Leads. The presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion where all of the participating organizations and agencies will provide information about their programs and services.

> Registration 

Small Business Innovation Research Awards

The SBA is seeking nominations for awards honoring the critical economic role small businesses play in federally funded research and development through SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Two awards will be given: the “Hall of Fame” award recognizing companies that have an extended period of extraordinary success of research, innovation, and product commercialization; and another, the “Tibbetts Award” with two categories, one for companies that have participated in the SBIR/STTR programs, and another for individuals who advocate on behalf of the programs.

To submit a nomination, please visit (Tibbetts Awards – companies and individuals) and (Hall of Fame Awards). 

Upcoming Events

1/15 - SBA Loan Briefing
6:15-7:45 p.m., Lane CC SBDC 

Learning Opportunities


Business Essentials 1/12 - 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Portland State University

Business Basics
1/17 - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., ODS Tower


Going into Business 1/10 - 6:30-9:30 p.m., Clackamas CC SBDC

Protect your Creations
1/30 - 7-9 p.m.,


Filing the Small Business Tax Return 1/16 - 6-9 p.m., Mercy Corps NW

Obtaining Affordable Health Insurance
1/23 - 6-8 p.m., Mercy Corps NW

Lender Relastions Specialist Scott Bossom inspects squash at the Oregon Food Bank

In the spirit of the season, the Portland District Office spent an afternoon volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank.

Economic Development Specialist Jen Baker moving squash at the Oregon Food Bank