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How to Do Business with the City of Tacoma

What:         How to Do Business With the City of Tacoma

A Zoom Workshop Hosted by the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department

Topics covered:

  • Purchasing and Contracting processes
  • Applying for certification with the Washington State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprise (OMWBE)
  • Insurance/Bonding Requirements
  • Optional Q&A

When:         Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Time:          11am – 12:30pm

Registration required, register here:

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Hello Alice Small Business Grants

What would a $5,000 grant mean for your small business? That’s what we want to learn from anyone applying to the Small Business Growth Fund, now accepting applications until May 20, 2022, at 6 p.m. ET.The Small Business Growth Fund provides the capital entrepreneurs need to make their next big move. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 grant to accelerate their growth and help make 2022 the year of their small business.
Apply now

Eligibility and Requirements

Eligible businesses must:

  • Be a for-profit business
  • Have less than $1M in 2021 gross annual revenue
  • Have a commitment to their customers and community
  • Have a clear plan for use of funds

If you applied and were not selected for a previous round of the program, you are welcome to submit a new application. We will evaluate your application based on any new information and judge it against a new pool of applicants! The deadline for this round is May 20, 2022, at 6 p.m. ET.  Get started on your application.

Apply by:May 20, 2022 at 6 p.m. ET

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Tacoma Maritime Innovation Incubator

Applications are now open for entrepreneurs interested in support for commercializing solutions in the maritime, marine, clean energy and logistic and trade sectors.  Housed at the Center for Urban Waters on the Thea Foss Waterway, TMII provides 12 months of robust programming for startups in these sectors.

To apply:

Questions?  Contact Karina at

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Bid opportunity - Industrial Symbiosis

The Industrial Symbiosis Request for Proposals has been released.

The Washington State Department of Commerce is initiating this Request for Proposals (RFP) to advance industrial symbiosis efforts across Washington with intent to award multiple contract(s). Successful bidders will advance an industrial symbiosis project through expansion of existing efforts, implementation of a new project or research and development into new areas and technologies that will repurpose industrial waste for beneficial use. To be considered, letters of intent are due by May 27th. The proposal deadline is June 17th, 2022.


All questions about this RFP should be directed to the RFP Coordinator at

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Walk the Brewery District June 1

Tacoma, WASH – Learn about the architectural history of several iconic buildings in downtown’s brewery district on the next in-person tour of the 2022 Walk Tacoma series. The 1.1 mile walk, led by Susan Johnson, the City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Coordinator, will begin at the bottom of the UW-Tacoma stairs on June 1 at 6pm. The tour will highlight the evolution of brewery spaces in downtown, including historic companies and new additions to the district. Stick around at 7 Seas – the last tour stop – for a post-walk social. After the in-person walk, the tour will be available on the free GeoTourist app.

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by MultiCare, is a five-event walking series. The fun, themed walks, now in their thirteenth year, encourage people to enjoy Tacoma on foot by introducing new walking routes and sharing information about the community and its history through the guided tours.

For more information on the full Walk Tacoma Series visit or find us on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Construction Business Training

Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington (ABC) and WA MBDA are hosting a 10-week virtual workshop to provide capacity-building knowledge, and instruction in the skills it takes to run a successful construction firm.  Registration is ongoing for those who would like to attend course sessions.  Please use the registration link below to register via ABC’s website.  Once your registration is confirmed via email, you will be sent a registration form to fill out your company’s information.


The workshop takes place every Thursday (2:30pm ~ 4:30pm) weekly from 3/31/2022 ~ 6/2/2022 for 10 weeks


Classes are conducted virtually via zoom

Registration link 

For questions please contact Jessica Cheng –, 206-681-8806

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Pierce County Business Accelerator

In response to the pandemic and the adverse impacts on underserved communities in Pierce County, the County Council has allocated $5M of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to launch the Pierce County Business Accelerator. The program will serve entrepreneurs and business owners throughout Pierce County with a focus on underserved communities to help foster innovation and create wealth-building opportunities.

The Pierce County Business Accelerator will provide direct access to business resources such as relevant training, coaching, technical assistance, and networking support to launch and grow micro businesses in Pierce County. Upon completion, participants will receive access to potential funding options, matching grant resources up to $10,000, a commercial rent stipend for one year up to $500/mo., and coaching/mentorship for one year.

Applications are being accepted for future cohorts.

Pierce County Business Accelerator Application

Pierce County Business Accelerator FAQs and Application Checklist

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Business Impact Northwest Celebrating Dreams

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Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Hybrid Event

In-Person 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Virtual 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Jueves 26 de mayo de 2022


Presencial 6:00 a 8:00 p. m.

Virtual 6:00 a 7:00 p. m.

Hashtag: #CelebratingDreams2022

Fiscal Finesse My Business Pricing


May 2022 Fiscal Finesse Events

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, of 2022, (All on Tuesdays of each week) 5:00PM -6:30PM  “Finesse My Business Pricing” Series Registration

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The Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB) created the annual INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference for women-identifying business owners and leaders in our community to make connections, build their network, and gain insights and ideas to help their businesses grow. Register Here (FREE) to the first 100 registrants

When: May 12, 202211:00AM-3:00PMWhere: Virtual

Thurston EDC ScaleUp

May 18-July 18, 2022

University of Washington Supplier Orientation [UW]Monthly – see dates below, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PSTThe orientations will provide a learning opportunity to assist in navigating potential business prospects at the University and with other state agencies, as well as educational and other resources to assist businesses. Orientation sessions are virtual and will include representatives from the University and other regional business development agencies.

Grow with a Pro [Business Impact NW]Tuesdays, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM PTWhether you are in the idea phase or a growth phase in your business, we invite you to attend our weekly Grow with a Pro coffee chats. You will hear from Business Professionals from Umpqua Bank, Tax-u-Sign, and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.Every Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 am Pacific Time, you will get to hear from one of these professionals as they chat about their area of expertise as it relates to current times and we will have an opportunity for a few of your non-confidential questions to get some answers. We’ll even be offering you opportunities to connect with other business owners through these morning coffee chats.

  • First Tuesday of Every Month:Neura Conejo – Banking Professional – Umpqua Bank
  • Second Tuesday of Every Month:Lily Tran – Tax Professional – Tax-u-Sign
  • Third Tuesday of Every Month:Andrew Peoples – Insurance Professional – Parker, Smith & Feek
  • Fourth Tuesday of Every Month:Michael Jonas – Legal Professional – Rational Unicorn Legal Services PC

Doing Business with the City of Seattle – OnlineFirst Fridays of each month, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PTJoin City of Seattle for “First Fridays” online to meet Purchasing and Contracting staff who are part of purchasing, consultant contracting and construction/public works teams. Three sessions are offered at at once so choose the one you’re interested in!Separate online workshops are available same day in Spanish, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Primer Viernes del mes

PTAC & SBDC First Friday Follow-UpEvery first Friday of each monthEASC/PTAC Friday Follow-up is an open forum, round table for businesses to get answers from your local PTAC counselor. Bring your questions regarding government contracting and learn from knowledgeable Small Business Experts. Janet Toth with the Small Business Development Center will be with us to share her knowledge about growing your business.

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