Events and Training

Access event calendars, courses, and resources to help in your business endeavors!

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Washington Support to BIPOC and Native Non-profits

The Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with Philanthropy Northwest to provide $2 million of relief funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act with a focus on community-based nonprofits and Tribal organizations most impacted by COVID-19.

How to apply

Grant applications from eligible 501c3 organizations are due by Nov. 6, 2020. Find all information and application materials here.

Free technical assistance is being provided by 20 culturally specific partner organizations to help with the application process, including access to help in different languages.

Two online information sessions will be held in English via Zoom this week:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10 – 11 a.m. PDT
  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 – 8 p.m. PDT

The Zoom conference line is

Zoom meeting ID: 898 8060 1482

Via phone: 1-253-215-8782

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Microsoft, LinkedIn and GitHub Skills Training

Microsoft, LinkedIn and GitHub have partnered and committed $25 million to offering free skills training for the top 10 jobs in the technology sector.  Take advantage of the economic pivot to the digital economy! From now through March, 2021 access free resources to achieve certification in some of Microsoft’s most marketable skills, coaching and support to build a resume, get connected to valuable networks and interview practice.  These trainings are aimed at high-paying growth positions that do not require a 4-year degree.  If you have been impacted by Covid19 through a layoff or other circumstances, you may be eligible for discounted Microsoft certification for a limited time.

Find out more at

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Free Business Plan Classes November 19 or 22

Urban Business Support-Tacoma is offering a free class that will help you prepare a business plan.

Urban Business Support provides business plan, leadership, and personal budget training to prevent small business displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. Register for one of their free Business Plan in a Day workshops at
25 participants per class held in one day from 10a.m. – 4 p.m.


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Sound Transit Contracting Expo: Partnering for the Future

A Sound Transit Virtual Conference for the Architectural
& Engineering and Construction Industry

December 11, 2020  |  7:30 a.m. – noon  |  Virtual conference platform

Check back soon for more event details

Join Sound Transit for its first-ever Contracting Expo for the Architectural & Engineering Services and Construction Industries. The virtual conference is open to all architects, engineers, construction managers, designers, general contractors and subcontractors.

Learn about Sound Transit’s path forward and hear from leadership on the agency’s strategic priorities, equity initiatives, industry partnerships and contract trends that you can employ to help shape a more prosperous future with us. Get inspired by keynote speakers and celebrate industry accomplishments.

Here’s what to expect

•  Hear from CEO Peter Rogoff and Deputy CEOs Kimberly Farley and Mary Cummings on Sound Transit’s path forward

•  Attend breakout sessions to learn more from Sound Transit’s leaders

•  Connect with other attendees for networking opportunities

•  And much more

Registration details and full agenda coming soon

Procurement & Contracts

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ScaleUp Training Series

ScaleUp Training Series: The Accelerated COVID-19 Edition – Oct 8-Nov 12, 2020, 8:30AM-11:30AM

Are you a minority, veteran, woman owned, or rural business interested in optimizing operational strategies that will create resiliency and sustainability for your business in the face of a global pandemic? Join us for this accelerated online training series Oct 8 – Nov 12.

Register Here:

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Contracting with the City of Tacoma


City contracting practices

Product & Services that the City buys

The City of Tacoma Equity in Contracting Code

Small business technical assistance/resources

How to complete WA OMWBE certification


Last Monday of every month at 9:00 a.m.  One hour with an optional 30 minute certification session.  Use the link below to attend.

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24th Annual Washington Biz Fair

Join hundreds of experts and thousands of small business owners and managers virtually for networking, learning from business experts, learn about government contracting and more.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 7 a.m. – 5. p.m.


For more information go to

Questions? Email

If you would like to register to attend the 24th Annual
Washington State Small Business Fair, use this link. Register Here

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Broadway Farmers' Market OPEN!

The Broadway Farmers Market is open during the COVID-19 crisis with health and safety modifications to allow our community to shop safely and shop local. The market runs from May through August from 10am-3pm and from September through October from 10am-2pm and is located between 9th and 11th on Broadway Ave in downtown Tacoma.

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Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber COVID-19 Conference Calls/Webinars


Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber for in-depth panel discussions of issues for our businesses that have arisen due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

View upcoming webinars dates and register here.

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2020 Free Tax and Licensing Workshops

The City of Tacoma offers a series of free tax and licensing workshops for Tacoma business owners and tax preparers.

Click here to view upcoming workshop dates and register.

Completed presentations will be uploaded to the City’s webpage.

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SBA's Money Smart for Small Businesses

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Money Smart for Small Business (MSSB) provides an introduction to topics related to starting and managing a business. MSSB was developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The materials are available for immediate download at Money Smart – Teach – For Small Business.

This instructor-led curriculum consists of 13 modules in English and Spanish that can be downloaded ( or ordered in CD format (

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Organizational Resources

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