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Grow your Business by Exporting

MBDA hosts an exporting event:

Exporting can be a challenging journey for new exporters, expanding exporters, and experienced exporters. The process requires patience, diligence, and a keen understanding of global market trends. While there are some common steps involved in exporting, there are also different steps for exporters at different stages of the journey.

Join us on Thursday, June 8th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

at Tacoma Community College (Room 220)

Throughout the seminar, you’ll learn how to navigate the complex world of exporting, avoid costly mistakes, and leverage opportunities for growth from public-sector agency subject matter experts.


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Webinar for new Department of Energy Tax Credit Program

The Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit (48C) program was established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and expanded with a $10 billion investment under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The Advanced Energy Project Credit provides a tax credit for investments in advanced energy projects, as defined in 26 USC § 48C(c)(1).

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service, in partnership with DOE, have announced up to $4 billion in a first round of tax credits for projects that expand clean energy manufacturing and recycling and critical materials refining, processing and recycling, and for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions at industrial facilities.

Approximately $1.6 billion of this allocation will be set aside for projects in designated energy communities. The program will provide an investment tax credit of up to 30% of qualified investments for certified projects that meet prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements.

Informational Webinar

DOE will open the 48C eXCHANGE portal for registration for any interested small-, medium- and large-sized manufacturers and concept papers submissions no later than June 30, 2023. Taxpayers must submit their concept papers through DOE’s 48C eXCHANGE portal prior to 12 p.m. ET on July 31, 2023.

DOE and Treasury will host a virtual informational webinar for potential applicants on June 27, 2023, at 2 p.m. ET. This webinar will provide information about how to prepare and submit the concept paper.

The registration link to attend this webinar will be provided on June 12, 2023.

Help with Online Applicant Portal  

Applicants may email for questions regarding the registration process or submitting your application on the eXCHANGE applicant portal.

Any questions or comments regarding the non-tax aspects of this notice can be submitted to the Department of Energy at

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Building Better Business Foundations

Hybrid Workshop: Building Better Business Foundations [a two-part workshop]

Dates: June 14, 2023, at 6-8 PM, and July 12, 2023 at 6-7:30 PM

Cost: FREE

Opportunity OverviewAre you an artist with business ideas? Are you uncertain about where to start? Register for these two FREE workshops from Spaceworks Tacoma!

Workshop: Building Better Business Foundations Part IWednesday, June 14, 2023, at 6-8 PMIf you have a business idea but are not sure where to start, this workshop will walk you through some of those first steps that are at the core of your business. In this 2-hour foundations workshop, we will explore your ‘why’, vision, mission, and values statements. Do you know the difference between knowing your ‘why’ and having a passion? It is very important for you to know the difference when we are talking about business. The vision, mission, and values statements form the foundation for all activities in an organization. These statements guide the behaviors of people in the organization. At the end of this workshop, you will have a clear understanding of these foundations…this is an interactive workshop, so bring your pencils!Pre-register for this hybrid workshop, register for the address and zoom information [here].

Workshop: Building Better Business Foundations Part IIWednesday, July 12, 2023, at 6-7:30pmIn this 1.5-hour workshop, we will talk about the importance of market research for your product or service and how to collect that data. The purpose of Market Research is to verify market need. A business must understand who needs a product or service and why they need it. Learn about testing your product or service in the market and different ways you can conduct research.Pre-register for this hybrid workshop, register for the address and zoom information [here].

Questions? If you have questions about accessibility or workshop details, please contact Jennifer English (she/they) at

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Veterans Small Business Certification

SBA is now accepting applications for the Veteran Small Business Certification program. Through this new program, certified veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses can compete for set-aside government contracts. The program will be SBA‘s primary certification vehicle for all veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, important classifications that enable those businesses to qualify for sole-source and set-aside federal contracting awards.

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Fleet Decarbonization Accelerator

What to learn more about decarbonizing your fleet?  Through grant funding from the U.S. Economic Development Adminstration, companies from the Pacific NW can now join the Fleet Decarbonization Accelerator for practical lessons from fleet management experts.

Applications to the Accelerator are open now.

To learn more, please see:


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MBDA Monthly Events

Please see below for MBDA small business webinars and online workshops.

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