City, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce honor innovators

February 28, 2012

The most innovative businesses in Issaquah manufacture fasteners for airliners, use technology to treat autism, and rely on a tiny-but-talented staff to create slick productions.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce announced the Innovation in Issaquah honorees — Marketing Masters, Lakeside Center for Autism and Impact Studio Pro — at a Feb. 22 ceremony and luncheon.

The carbon-neutral community zHome also received a nod as the most innovative public-private partnership. The city spearheaded the 10-unit townhouse development from concept to completion.

Leaders from the chamber and City Hall recognized the entrepreneurs’ accomplishments through the Innovation in Issaquah contest, a showcase for local businesses offering unique services. Honorees demonstrate innovation in product development, services, systems or strategies.

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Issaquah Chamber of Commerce honors business innovators

February 22, 2012

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The most innovative businesses in Issaquah manufacture composite fasteners for airliners, educate and enrich autistic children, and rely on a tiny-but-talented staff to create slick productions.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce announced the Innovation in Issaquah honorees — Marketing Masters, Lakeside Center for Autism and Impact Studio Pro — Wednesday.

The carbon-neutral community zHome also received a nod as the most innovative public-private partnership. The city spearheaded the 10-unit townhouse development.

Marketing Masters creates fasteners for Boeing and Airbus planes at a small facility behind Burger King in the Issaquah business district.

Lakeside Center for Autism uses technology, such as the Microsoft Kinect, to educate autistic children.

Impact Studio Pro, established at a home office in the Issaquah Highlands, is a video production company.

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Issaquah Chamber of Commerce seeks business, nonprofit innovators

January 31, 2012

Issaquah businesses and nonprofit organizations continue to innovate, despite a tough economy and other challenges.

In order to recognize local entrepreneurs’ accomplishments, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominees for the Innovation in Issaquah contest, a showcase for local businesses offering unique services. Honorees demonstrate innovation in product development, services, systems or strategies.

The chamber launched the program last year. The initial honorees included Democracy Live, Restorix Health, Applied Precision and the nonprofit Eastside Baby Corner.

Nominate a business or nonprofit for the honor at www.issaquahchamber.com/form/innovation-in-issaquah by 5 p.m. Feb. 6.

Chamber leaders plan to recognize the 2012 honorees at a Feb. 22 luncheon.

Applied Precision pioneers technology to fight disease

February 22, 2011

The cutting-edge technology to help scientists decipher AIDS, cancer and other diseases is manufactured in Issaquah.

The biomedical imaging systems company Applied Precision supplies high-end and high-tech microscopes and other equipment to pharmaceutical giants, medical research institutes and universities, including the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

 Tony Kreipe, an applications scientist at Applied Precision in Issaquah, confirms the light path alignment, resolution and contrast specifications on one of the company’s Delta Vision Elite with TruLight optical microscopes. By Greg Farrar

Applied Precision relies on about 130 employees to churn out breakthrough after breakthrough from a little more than 50,000 square feet along 12th Avenue Northwest in the business district.

“We think it’s really important for the U.S. not just to be a service industry,” Joe Victor, president and CEO — and a longtime employee — said late last week. “We need to be designers and manufacturers of things as well. We’re proud to be a designer and manufacturer of equipment, half of which is exported around the world.”

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders singled out in the company in the recent Innovation in Issaquah contest.

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Democracy Live shifts ballots from polling place to the digital age

February 8, 2011

Most voters pick up a pamphlet from the mailbox or steer to a county or state elections website to study candidates and issues before Election Day.

The process of researching ballot issues and mailing a ballot is not so easy for residents living abroad and military members deployed overseas.

Bryan Finney, founder and president of Democracy Live, describes a webpage that shows ballot measures and office candidates. By Greg Farrar

“You think about the soldier out there in Kandahar, you know, he’s fighting for our right to vote and our democracy and, ironically, he’s the one guy who can’t vote,” Democracy Live founder Bryan Finney said.

The endless chatter from cable TV pundits and countless jokes on late-night TV in the 36 days after the disputed 2000 presidential election inspired Finney to create a better process to elect leaders. The former U.S. Senate staffer had created a dot-com startup, so he melded the skills to launch Democracy Live.

The result is a technology firm dedicated to simplifying elections for military voters overseas and disabled voters in the United States. The technology the Issaquah company offers is light years distant from infamous butterfly ballots and indecipherable chads.

“Here it is, the late 20th century and we still can’t figure out how to count votes,” Finney said. “So, I got involved with modernizing the balloting systems and voting technologies that were out there to try to rid the world of hanging chads and butterfly ballots.”

The company’s signature product, LiveBallot, is not online voting. The tool allows voters to print, mail and track ballots.

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Press Editorial

February 1, 2011

Innovative companies create community pride

Innovation is alive and well in the Issaquah business community. The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce presented awards to the top three nominees from a field of 23 companies and nonprofit organizations at its monthly luncheon last week to kick off its Innovation in Issaquah program, celebrating businesses that demonstrate innovative strategies in services, products or practices.

The winners are relatively unknown businesses in Issaquah, yet all three are making a difference globally. All three will elevate Issaquah as a great place to do business, well beyond the storefront.

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