Welcome to our electronic newsletter, which is based on the printed version we mail each month. 

UWT programs fuel region's growing pool 
of talent

We're hearing it more and more about Tacoma-Pierce County. Companies want to tap into our pool of talent and expertise, and the  University of Washington Tacoma is a big reason why. National cybersecurity company Infoblox was drawn to Tacoma because of the quality of UWT Institute of Technology graduates. And innovative programs through the UWT Milgard School of Business  further complement and strengthen the Tacoma-Pierce County business community and fuel the region's economic vitality.

Center for Business Analytics helps unlock data, find solutions

In today's complex and ever-changing business world, organizations need to apply innovative approaches to achieve successful outcomes. Enter business analytics, a process that focuses on understanding, managing and using big data to make informed and effective decisions. 

To respond to the need for cutting-edge expertise and knowledge in the field, and connect businesses with what they need to unlock and use valuable data, the UWT Milgard School of Business has launched the Center for Business Analytics (CBA). Under the direction of Haluk Demirkan, PhD, a globally recognized leader and expert in business analytics and service innovation, the center is dedicated to two primary goals: increase impact and awareness through research, education and service; and drive engagement between business and academics. 

"Businesses in Tacoma-Pierce County face many challenges, as well as opportunities to grow and be competitive," Demirkan said. "The data they own and how they use it can set them apart. The Center for Business Analytics is a unique resource that can help organizations learn how to be successful in their big data journey and in today's digital economy."

Having a program of this stature in Tacoma-Pierce County is a big deal. And it's drawing the attention of scholars, professionals and businesses. Key components of the CBA include:
  • Student education. The STEM-designated Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) is the first program of its kind offered through the UW system, and is attracting students from across the country and abroad. Undergraduate classes are in development.  
  • Executive/professional development. Short courses are offered for professionals interested in business analytics, service and digital transformation, and technology innovation.
  • Problem-focused research. The CBA works with companies to identify, frame and study critical business issues, and opportunities that can help cut costs, increase efficiency and streamline operations.
  • Advisory Board/Corporate partnership. Corporate partners represent a range of industry sectors with diverse business interests and problems to advance the science of data and innovation.
This month, the CBA kicks off its Student-as-Adaptive Innovators program. Over seven to nine months, teams of advanced MSBA students and researchers will consult with companies at no cost on existing business problems or opportunities. Teams will collect data, provide analysis and make strategic recommendations. 

It's a win-win scenario all around. Participating businesses benefit from creative, out-of-the-box thinking and innovative approaches, and students get to apply their studies and develop professional skills. Companies interested in participating in future sessions may contact Jaime Core, CBA program manager, at mcba@uw.edu for more information.

Upcoming: The UWT Milgard School of Business Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility

Burkhart Dental Supply offers hurricane aid

EDB investor Burkhart Dental Supply  has been working to ensure dental professionals and practices in Texas, hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, have the support they need to recover and rebuild.
The Tacoma-based company's Houston branch is helping clients ease logistical and financial challenges by offering quick replacement of damaged or lost supplies, fast service repairs, equipment assessments, and affordable equipment options with special finance rates.

Texas dental offices served by Burkhart Dental Supply were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.
"Our clients affected by the devastation in Texas are like family," said Carrie Davis, Burkhart's marketing and communications specialist. "Our account managers have strong, in-person relationships with these offices. We feel like we are part of their team."
Beyond its client base, Burkhart has provided basic necessities such as toothbrushes, gloves and masks to shelters in  affected areas. The company also cleared 5,000 square feet in its Dallas warehouse to provide a hub for emergency supply distribution. Burkhart has teamed up with American Logistics Aid Network, Save the Children and other humanitarian organizations.
The trail of Harvey's devastation is long and wide. Burkhart expects to continue to provide warehouse space as long as it's needed and will continue to engage with their clients over the next several months to ensure dentists are solidly on their feet and back in operation.

To aid in emergency supply distribution in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Burkhart Dental Supply cleared 5,000 square feet in its Dallas warehouse.

Welcome, new EDB investors
The EDB is very pleased to welcome two new investors: Clover Park Technical College and Schnitzer Steel, a global leader in the metals recycling industry located on the Tacoma Tideflats. 

Thank you for your investment in the future of Pierce County.

Major Employers List: There's still time to be included

Each year, the EDB compiles its Major Employers List of companies with 100 or more full-time employees working in Pierce County. The EDB relies on accurate data provided by local business owners, executive managers and human resources professionals.  
Companies may submit their information via the EDB's website at EDBTacomaPierce.org/major-employers or by calling 253.383.4726.

The list is slated to publish in November. 

© Copyright 2017 Economic Development Board for Tacoma/Pierce County
Teamwork is a service of the EDB, a non-profit corporation focused on recruitment and retention of primary businesses in Tacoma and Pierce County.  Telephone: 253-383-4726. Website: www.edbtacomapierce.org


2017 British American Business Connections Aerospace Conference

Looking for  a great opportunity to network with the  local aerospace community? There's stil l time to register for the 2017 British American Business Connections (BABC) Aerospace Conference, Oct. 19, at Seattle's Museum of Flight.
"Shaping the Future of the US / UK Aerospace Ecosystem" is the theme of this year's conference. Learn about the Washington state and UK aerospace industry perspective, and opportunities Brexit could offer US/UK trade and investment.
The conference features an impressive group of speakers, including Debbie Lee, CEO of Tacoma-based  Tool Gauge .

EDB Annual Meeting
March 8, 2018
Greater Tacoma Convention Center

Stay tuned for more details coming soon, including cool new technology to enhance your registration and meeting experience. 

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