| 03.18.2018

A showcase of business — Business Showcase Event promotes palouse economic growth


The Palouse Knowledge Corridor hosted a Business Showcase event on Thursday in hopes to stimulate economic growth on the Palouse.

The Business Showcase Event featured 15-20 minute presentations by six selected presenters to showcase their business and
business ideas.

“The goal of the Business Showcase Event is to connect people with good business ideas to those who might be able to make those ideas happen,” said Marie Dymkoski, the
co-chair of PKC.

Chris Walker, creator and owner of Element Robot Inc., a 3D printing company, presented at the event. Walker has been involved in several showcase events like the PKC Business Showcase, and won the Idaho TechConnect business competition in Boise in June.

Walker said he hoped to use the Business Showcase as a chance to raise awareness about his business and product, as well as connect with other companies and
potential investors.

“The Palouse is a great place to encourage business development,” Walker said. “We’re in a place with a depressed economy. The economy is slow and everything is cheap. It’s important for start-up companies to have opportunities like the Business Showcase to build a support group.”

Dymkoski hopes that the Business Showcase Event creates the opportunity for businesses like
Walker’s to network.

“The event is open to the public, but we encourage attendance by potential investors and welcome lawyers, bankers and other business professionals along with anyone with an interest in entrepreneurial start-ups,”
Dymkoski said.

Dymkoski also said that while interaction is encouraged, there is no requirement to invest or make direct connections with presenters.

Presenters at the event also included Black Bear Doggie Daycare, Homeschool Institute of Science, Smile At Your Baby!, TechCrowd Services Inc., Dagwood Designs, Inc. and
Element Robot Inc.

Linda Daggett of Dagwood Designs, said she also hopes the Business Showcase will help promote economic growth in the Palouse. Dagwood Designs is an industrial sewing company that creates custom cases, bags, pouches and other products that meet the need of their customers.

“I learned about the Business Showcase event through the Small Business Administration,” Daggett said.

The PKC has held two Business Showcase events each year for the last three years.

“The spring edition works around the WSU business plan competition and encourages winners from the competition to present at the PKC Showcase,” Dymkoski said. “The PKC is working to promote the economic growth in Moscow, Pullman and surrounding areas and to capitalize on opportunities, create alliances and recruit new industry to the region.”

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