Events and Training
Access event calendars, courses, and resources to help in your business endeavors!
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SBA Washington Export Outreach Team
Join the Washington Export Outreach Team (WEOT) for this interactive online workshop on Tuesday, June 16th from 1:00 to 3:00pm PST where you will:
- Meet the local, state, regional, and federal export reps who will help you on your journey
- Learn about
- developing an export plan
- identifying and validating international markets
- finding qualified buyers, agents, and distributors to grow sales
- financing international growth and mitigating risk
- Hear real-life success stories!
All are invited!
COVID-19: Pivoting to Recovery and Sustainable Growth
As owners of small- and medium-sized businesses are adjusting to economic changes from the COVID-19 pandemic faculty form the University of Washington Foster School of business are offering 7 workshops to help businesses pivot to new opportunities. Please join us for all of them or just a few as your schedule permits.
DATES: Every Wednesday from May 13 to June 24
TIME: 5:30-6:30 PM Pacific Time
REGISTRATION: Advance registration is required (see below)
Adapting Your business to the COVID-19 Reality and Beyond – May 13 – Jeff Shulman, Professor of Marketing
The needs of consumers and businesses will be substantially different during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Attendees will hear what to expect in the months ahead and will leave inspired and prepared to adapt their businesses to survive and ultimately thrive in the new normal.
Once businesses start to open, life will not be the same. This session will cover ways to look at serving customers in different ways based on the business you have today. To survive and grow, businesses will need to find new customers and new ways to reach old and new customers.
Cash and Debt in Good and Bad Times – May 27 – Thomas Gilbert, Professor of Finance. The precipitous drop in demand from consumers, businesses, and government has added pressure for businesses to manage case and their debts wisely. This workshop will explore how to maintain liquidity over the next 12-24 months while the economy gradually re-opens.
Negotiating with Employees, Vendors, and Other Business Partners – June 3 – Elizabeth Umphress, Associate Professor of Management. As employees, consumers, businesses and governments manage through the crisis, business owners will need to re-negotiate written and unwritten contracts ranging from employee sick leave to rent payment and from payments from corporate customers to loan terms with creditors. This workshop will help business owners to hone their negotiating skills.
Inventory and Supply Chain Management in Volatile Times – June 10 – Shi Chen, Assistant Professor of Operations Management. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter global supply chains and businesses are needing to adapt new strategies to manage inventory. This workshop will explore supply chain challenges and strategies that businesses can use to ensure they can meet customer needs.
Leadership in Volatile times – June 17 – Christina Fong, Principal Lecturer of Management. Business owners are being asked to make decisions and lead their employees through times that none of us have been trained for. This workshop will highlight how business leaders can leverage these complex, fast-changing, and uncertain contexts to create vision, purpose, and positive impact. Our session will also include an exploration of how leaders can create, build and sustain resilience during times of crisis and challenge. Christina Fong’s research and teaching focuses on building managers into leaders.
Reaching and Engaging Your Audience (or Your Customers) Using Technology While Keeping Social Distancing – June 24 – Shaosong Ou, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems. Modern day information technologies such as the Internet and smartphones have enabled small businesses to expand their reach to a global scale. As the current COVID-19 pandemic keeps a large portion of the society at home and more dependent on the technologies, using them to reach and engage your customers is particularly important. This workshop will explore various technology-based channels through which small businesses can personalize the relationship with their customers without meeting them face-to-face.
Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration deadline is 11:00 AM Pacific Time each Wednesday and a link to Zoom session will be sent to all registered participants on Wednesday afternoons.
****Registration for this free course opens Thursday, April 30 at 10 a.m****
ScaleUp, COVID-19 Edition: Commerce has created ScaleUp to help small businesses navigate the current economic climate while building resiliency. One hundred Washington businesses will be able to register for the online classes.
The ideal candidate for ScaleUp is the president/owner of a business that has been in operation for two years and has annual revenues in excess of $100,000.
This special webinar series begins May 6 and runs through July 8. Virtual classroom sessions are held from 8:30 a.m. to noon each week. A special Study Hall session is held on Mondays to provide enrolled companies with individualized assistance.
Association of Washington Businesses COVID-19 Employer Resources Webinars
This series of webinars will guide you through the resources available for you and real-time, expert insights on all aspects of the crisis as we navigate how COVID-19 continues to impact our state and the economy.
MONDAY, APRIL 20 – MONDAY, JUNE 22
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
View upcoming installations and register Here.
May 11: E-Commerce | Taking Your Brick and Mortar Business Online
Speakers this week:
- Erin Callahan, storytelling strategist, Trillium Creative Solutions, Inc.
- Brian Forth, founder & president, SiteCrafting
- Justin Stiefel, co-founder and CEO, Heritage Distilling Co.
- Olowo-n’djo Tchala, founder and CEO, Alaffia
How To Become A Seller On The Amazon Business Marketplace
Amazon is hosting a series of webinars designed for small business owners and their employees to hear best practices for successful selling in Amazon stores. Each webinar will include an interactive Q&A session.
To view dates and times available and register, visit the Amazon Small Business Academy.
America's SBDC Washington Coronavirus Business Survival Workshops
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber COVID-19 Conference Calls/Webinars
COVID-19 BUSINESS INFO SERIES
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.
Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?
This 90-minute webinar shared the latest analysis and information for charitable nonprofits, recognizing that multiple federal agencies must write the rules and forms and establish processes for getting money into the hands of nonprofits and for-profits as quickly as possible.
SBA's Money Smart for Small Businesses
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.
Free Google My Business Workshop
Grow your business through Google. A free workshop hosted by City of Tacoma + Google.
* This event has passed, but a recording is available. Click here to watch recorded training.
Organizational Event Calendars
For your convenience, we have compiled a list of agencies offering small business training and development opportunities. Please explore the sites below to see upcoming events:
- William Factory Small Business Incubator Calendar
- Washington State L&I Workshops and Training Center
- Minority Business Development Agency Event Calendar
- Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Of Commerce Event Calendar
- The World Trade Center Tacoma Event Page
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Event Page
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Briefing Workshops
- Events at Bottom of Page
- The Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Event Calendar
- Washington Center For Women In Business Event Calendar
- Invista Performance Solutions Courses
- Veterans Business Outreach Center Region X (Business Impact NW) Courses
- Economic Alliance Snohomish County
Please explore below to see what resources are offered by the following organizations:
- Washington State Business Hub
- Pierce County Libraries (Job And Business Center) Resources
- Access with Pierce County Library Card
- Tacoma Library Business Resources
- Access with Tacoma Library Card
- City Of Tacoma Office Of Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
- Contact: Carrie Lynn Phone: 253.591.5224 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- City Of Tacoma Business Marketing Data Services
- Contact: Carol Wolfe Phone: 253.591.5384 Email: email@example.com
Learn more about the Tacoma's business resources: