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WEDA 2022 Summer Conference | RESILIENCE: Building a More Sustainable Economy
8/9/2022 2:00 PM - 8/11/2022 2:00 PM



WEDA’s 2022 Summer Conference will be a content-rich, fun and engaging WEDA adventure! 

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You are invited to join us and economic development partners, local government, port, business, tribal, education and community leaders from throughout Washington August 9-11, 2022 to learn and engage with expert speakers and professionals to gain new tools and insights for economic development in your community. 

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WiM National Organization | Moms in MFG
8/11/2022 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM


The WiM National Organization is Holding it's 2nd Annual Moms in MFG Conference

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WiM Member: $75
Non-Member: $125

11:45 am - 5:00 - PM EDT

This conference provides working moms and caregivers in manufacturing opportunities to learn from each other, build impactful relationships, and access key information they can apply to both everyday life at work and home. 



Preventive Controls for Human Food Course with Dr. Janna Hamlett & Catherine Cantley
8/15/2022 8:00 AM - 8/17/2022 12:00 PM


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Cost: $700

Dates and Times

  • August 15th 2022 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PDT

  • August 16th 2022 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PDT

  • August 17th 2022 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT

About the Course

This FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by the FDA.  This course covers regulation Title 21 CFR 117 –Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food.  The course will go in-depth with requirements depth with requirements for Hazard Analysis and Risk Based on Preventitive Controls based food safety training.  Course participants will get familiar with all requirements of Preventive Controls based food safety plan and how to design the plan, and upon successful completion of the course become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI).

Who Should Attend

Director/VP Food Safety, Maintenance Managers, Production Supervisors, Production Leads, Sanitation Supervisors, Plant Managers, Quality Assurance  Coordinators & Managers, Safety Managers, Training Supervisors, Lead Technicians, Packaging Supervisors & Managers, Regulatory Personnel.


  • The workshop fee covers all course materials including an FSCPA Manual

  • The course fee is $700/person with printed materials and $690/person with electronic materials.

  • Multiple attendees from the same company registering at the same time will receive a 10% discount at checkout. 

  • Idaho Manufacturing Alliance members can receive a 10% discount by entering the Coupon Code IMA10 during checkout.

Brown Bag Innovation | PNW MAC
8/17/2022 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Select innovators will be invited to meet at the MAC for a small group lunch with Navy Tech Bridge and National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) staff. This discussion will help you identify and capitalize on opportunities to supply defense and security customers during this informal meeting (bring your own lunch).  

This event is invitation only contact — for more information.

Journey to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) 2.0 | Workshop #1
8/17/2022 7:00 AM - 1:30 PM


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There is no fee to attend this workshop.

7:00 am - 1:30 pm PDT (10:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT)  

NIST has begun the process to update the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to keep pace with the evolving cybersecurity landscape. The CSF was originally developed during a year-long, collaborative process where NIST served as a convener for industry, academia, and government stakeholders—and this collaboration continues to be a priority today as NIST proceeds toward CSF 2.0.

Join Impact Washington for this virtual, collaborative workshop with expert panelists and leaders from NIST as we:

  • Share and learn about organizations’ use of the Cybersecurity Framework, and suggestions for improvements  

  • Review comments received during a recent NIST Cybersecurity Request for Information (RFI)

  • Discuss themes identified during the RFI analysis (with a focus on international, governance, measurement, and supply chain topics)

  • Learn what we have planned for the future (and how to get involved)

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), first issued in 2014, was developed based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices—and is widely used today around the world. It provides a prioritized, flexible, repeatable, performance-based, and cost-effective approach to managing cybersecurity risk at all levels in an organization and is applicable to organizations of all sizes and sectors. For more information on the update to the Framework, please visit the NIST CSF 2.0 website

Elevating the Conversation with Spokane Business Journal | Cybersecurity
8/18/2022 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


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The Journal of Business - Spokane has launched a monthly event called Elevating the Conversation.

Impact Washington is sponsoring the August fireside chat with Kris Bliesner, CEO of Vega Cloud about Cybersecurity. 

Session will run about 45 minutes to an hour and is free to attend.



PNAA 2nd Annual Golf Tournament & Summerfest
8/19/2022 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Join Impact Washington at PNAA's 2nd Annual Golf Tournament and SummerFest  

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Shotgun start is at 1:00pm at the Auburn Golf Course.

Join Impact Washington to:

• Play 18 holes in a shotgun tournament "Four person scramble (best ball)"
• Enjoy an afternoon catching up with your industry peers
• Build your next business connection or close a new deal
• Network with other aerospace professionals 

Summerfest starts at 5:30pm PST at Bogey’s Public House

WiM Washington | Family Networking Event at Cheney Stadium
8/21/2022 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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Cybersecurity Forum
8/23/2022 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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Cost: Free to Attend

About the Forum:

The content in the Forums is for management and technical staff members working toward cybersecurity compliance with the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and security of your data in general.

This event is open to all manufacturers not just those seeking CMMC compliance.

This program is funded by Impact Washington in partnership with Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) 

The Importance of Risk Management with Dr. Janna Hamlett
8/24/2022 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This course is offered by the MEP Partnership Affiliate in Idaho State 

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Time: 1:00 - 5:00 MDT (12:00 - 4:00 PDT)

Cost: $200

Course Description:

According to the Oxford Dictionary, Risk Management is “the forecasting and evaluation of financial risks together with the identification of procedures to avoid or minimize their impact.”  Although inevitably risk management in business has something to do with monetary management, it is not just for the accountants. In a manufacturing facility we manage risk around people, and people safety, food safety, customer relations, brand reputation, equipment life, effectiveness, etc.  Many people indirectly have risk management as part of their everyday job duties.  No one likes to experience the worst-case scenario, so hopefully, we can put policies and procedures in place to prevent it from happening.  But even if we don’t totally prevent it, maybe we can lessen the impact. 

In this course, we will discuss:

  • Definitions and importance of risk management

  • Best practices in risk management 

  • Strategies to assess your risk management programs

Course Instructor:

This course will be taught by Food Processing Specialist Dr. Janna Hamlett of TechHelp, and the University of Idaho. Dr. Hamlett has 20 years of experience in the food manufacturing industry. She brings a wealth of qualifications, expertise, and experience as a Food Processing Specialist at TechHelp and Assistant Professor at University of Idaho Extension. Before joining TechHelp and UI Extension, Janna worked at the College of Southern Idaho developing the Food Processing Technology program and the first Technical Bachelors at a Community College in Idaho. Prior to academia, Janna worked in various management positions, including Quality Manager and Production Manager at large-scale cheese and whey processing facilities in the Magic Valley. As an independent Food Safety and Production Consultant, she has helped local companies with their food safety, production capabilities, and troubleshooting challenges to be more successful. She has numerous industry certifications in safety, food safety, and operational efficiencies; including a Black Belt in Six Sigma, she is an OSHA 10 and 30-hour instructor, FSCPA PCQI and IAVA instructor, SQF Approved Training Center, and an approved HACCP curriculum from The International HACCP Alliance.

PNAA Tech Innovation Expo
9/14/2022 8:00 AM - 9/15/2022 3:00 PM



Innovation. Collaboration. Sustainability.

EXPO Dates: September 14, 8-6pm and September 15, 8-3pm

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Conference & Expo Link Here

Please join Impact Washington at PNAA's Tech Innovation Conference & Expo.  We have been working alongside their team to bring a showcase of technologies and capabilities within the manufacturing sector for innovation and sustainability.  You will discover new technologies and strategies to improve your production, organizational efficiencies, workforce quality and supply chain challenges.

Why should you attend?

  • Educate yourself on the technology & sustainability advances

  • See the latest technologies & solutions live in-person

  • Generate valuable ideas that could be implemented in your organization

  • Find solutions for improving your technical debt

  • Network with your peers

PNAA Tech Innovation Conference
9/14/2022 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Innovation. Collaboration. Sustainability.

Conference Link Here

Conference Date:  Wednesday, September 14 8am - 5pm PST

* Conference & Expo Pass - Members $100 / Non-Members $135
* Expo pass ONLY - Free

Please join Impact Washington at PNAA's Tech Innovation Conference.  We have been working alongside their team to bring a showcase of technologies and capabilities within the manufacturing sector for innovation and sustainability.  You will discover new technologies and strategies to improve your production, organizational efficiencies, workforce quality and supply chain challenges.

Why should you attend?

  • Educate yourself on the technology & sustainability advances

  • See the latest technologies & solutions live in-person

  • Generate valuable ideas that could be implemented in your organization

  • Find solutions for improving your technical debt

  • Network with your peers


Tools of Allergen Management with Catherine Cantley & Dr. Janna Hamlett
9/14/2022 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM



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This course is offered by the MEP Partnership Affiliate in Idaho State 

Registration Information:

  • The full cost of this workshop is $395/person

  • Multiple attendees from the same company registering at the same time will receive a 10% discount at checkout.

Course Description

The most common cause for all class 1 FDA food recalls involves the mismanagement of allergens. Allergen Management is a challenging food safety issue in any food manufacturing plant. With the FASTER Act and the addition of sesame, there are now 9 major food allergens. This course will elaborate on the major food allergens and how they affect current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and Food Safety Principles for food manufacturers and suppliers.

In this interactive course, we will discuss:

  • What are allergens and Health Implications

  • Allergen Labeling

  • Regulations and Laws Pertaining to Controlling and Labeling Allergens

  • Managing Your Allergen Programs

  • Verification and Validation Activities

Course Instructors:

The Instructors for this course are food specialists Catherine Cantley and  Dr. Janna Hamlett of TechHelp and the University of Idaho.

Leading Ladies Of… Aerospace Annual Summit 2022



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Join Impact Washington at this annual event.  Learn more about the event here

People, Process, and Technology | Teams Webinar
9/29/2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


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Complimentary One-Hour Program

This webinar will help you make the most of a struggling workforce (whether it be retention, hiring, and/or cross-training), develop effective strategies to integrate technology, and promote disparate business processes. Our team will share a variety of common hurdles as well as some frequent misdiagnosis' that can lead your business down rabbit-holes

Topics addressed:

  • Employees are hard to come by. Learn about effective strategies to make the most of who you have, retain talent, and attract new hires.

  • Siloed business is risky business. Increase process reliability by avoiding decisions made in a vacuum.

  • Technology clutter is widespread. Learn to leverage technologies in an organized and collaborative manner.

This program is a joint venture between Impact Washington and VEMC, our sister center in Vermont. Speakers include:

Damon Devani - IT Manager, Impact Washington

Damon is a data systems and IT specialist working within CRM, ERP, and more. Since 2017 he has been following NIST & DoD developments. He has been working closely with manufacturers & MEP centers alike on all things technology + effective integrations.

Louis Prue - Professional Manufacturing & Business Growth Advisor, VEMEC

Louis has been on a Lean journey for over 20 years. His work experience ranges from a small start-up to a large aerospace manufacturer. As a collaborative leader, Louis enjoys identifying challenges and improving processes with functional teams.


Unlock Your Future | Trades-Focused Career Exploration Event for Local Middle School Students
10/5/2022 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Impact Washington is proud to sponsor and participate in this trades-focused career exploration event for local middle school students. 

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More about this Event:

HUB Sports Center is partnering with Greater Spokane Inc and Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, and other regional partners, to host a trades-focused career exploration event for local middle school students. 

It will showcase local employers and career pathways post-high school that don’t require a traditional 4-year degree. 

Target grades: Middle School 6th-8th

Target industries: Manufacturing, Construction, Medical, Trades

Event Times:

  • 9:00am – 2:00pm 

  • 3 sessions at 75 minutes each: 9:30am-10:45am / 11:00am-12:15pm / 12:30pm-1:45pm

More Details about this event: CLICK HERE


Interested in having your school attend? Contact:
Information requested: School Name, Contact Person, Contact Info, Est. Number of Students attending, Grade Level

Interested in having your business represented? Contact:
Information requested: Business Name, Contact Person, Contact Info, Industry

2022 Best Places to Work Event - Inland Northwest
10/6/2022 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM


The Journal of Business in Spokane is beginning its seventh year of hosting the Best Places to Work Inland Northwest Program

Learn More About the Program Here

Help us celebrate the great employees in the Inland Region of our state by joining Impact Washington on October 6 at the Centennial Ballroom at the Spokane Convention  Center.

2022 WCCE Statewide Leadership Conference
10/26/2022 - 10/28/2022


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View Conference Speakers Here

When: October 26th, 2022 11:30 AM through October 28th, 2022 11:55 AM

Location:  1538 Commerce Street. TacomaWA 98402

Registration rate:

  • Early bird rate: Before Sept. 30, 2018: $450 (discount available for 2 or more registrations. For groups of 6 or more, call or text Bob Green at 253.261.4378). 

  • After Sept. 30th: The conference registration rate is $500.

2022 Workforce Summit - Inland Northwest
11/16/2022 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM


Impact Washington is proud to sponsor this Summit. Additional sponsors include Eastern Washington University, Community Colleges of Spokane and Spokane Workforce Council.

Learn More about the Summit Here

This annual event is intended to create dialogue and seek ways to enhance workforce development in the Eastern region of our state.  The Journal of Business in Spokane hosts this Summit to create dialogue and impactful conversation about the workforce gaps impacting our economy and how we, as a community, educators, and employers need to adapt to a changing landscape.


FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course | Tukwila
11/29/2022 8:00 AM - 11/30/2022 6:00 PM



Two-day in-person event

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Cost: $850 


Sandler Training Center (6840 Fort Dent Way Ste 100, Tukwila, WA  98188)

About This Course:

Covers regulation 21 CFR part 507–Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Foods.

Learn how to write and update a human food safety plan. This is the standardized curriculum recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration for training individuals to be qualified to oversee the safe manufacture of human food (PCQI). The course is a prerequisite for inspectors conducting FDA CGMP inspections.  Upon completion participants will receive a certificate from the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance signed by AAFCO. You must be present the entire time to receive a certificate.

This workshop offers a high-quality training environment and opportunities for individual attention, with interactive team exercises that enhance the learning environment.

The workshop fee covers all course materials including an FSCPA Participant Manual and the $60 certificate.


Course lead instructor trained with the FSPCA and holds the FSPCA “Certificate of Training” as Lead Instructor for the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course, Craig H. Doan (Cert # e9c745a4) is the Chief Food Scientist with Impact Washington.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Create a Preventive Controls Human Food Safety Plan

  • Validate preventative controls

  • Review records for implementation and effectiveness

  • Review corrective actions

  • Perform required reanalysis of the food safety plan

Course deliverables:

Successful completion of the course includes a registered certificate of training issued by the FSPCA, AAFCO, IFISH, and IFPTI (proof that the participant was trained under an FDA -recognized curriculum. 21 CFR Part 507 – Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Humans.

This course is designed for:

  • Director, VP Food Safety, Managers, Owners, Operator

  • Quality Control Personnel, Production Supervisors, Production Leads, Sanitation Supervisors, Plant Managers, Quality Assurance Coordinators & Managers, Safety Managers, Training Supervisors, Lead Technicians,

  • Packaging Supervisors & Managers

  • Individuals Overseeing Human Food Safety Operations