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

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Tacoma Business Empowerment Series

In celebration of the success and future of start-up businesses in Tacoma, the City of Tacoma’s Community & Economic Development Department and Minority Business Development Agency are hosting a Start-Up Business Empowerment Panel Discussion

Topic: City Of Tacoma: Start-Up Business Panel

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Take The Tideflats Survey

We Want to Hear From You:

As an early step in the planning process, we want to hear your thoughts on the future you want to see in the Tideflats.

Please take our online survey today and tell us:

  • How do you think the Tideflats should look and function over the next 20 years?
  • What would you want to preserve, create, or change about the Tideflats?


If you missed one of our recent Educational Visioning Panels, the videos are now posted online at,

or open the attached flyer that includes links to the survey as well as the panel sessions.

What can you do to help support this process?

  • Please share the survey with friends, family, co-workers, or any interested parties.
  • Share the survey on social media.


Please reach out to me directly at

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Shuttered Venue Operator Grant Webinars

Please see the Federal Resources under Covid 19 Financial support for more information about this grant

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Bunker Labs Veteran In Residence

Don’t forget—applications for Veterans in Residence cohort 21B are due on April 15. Block off 30 minutes on your calendar between now and then to make it happen!

Veterans in Residence, a partnership of WeWork and Bunker Labs, is a six-month, early-stage business incubator that provides veteran and military family member entrepreneurs with community, a national business network, and resources to grow their business. Historically, the program provides WeWork workspace and meeting rooms. Shared workspace is currently available on a chapter-by-chapter basis, depending on local public safety guidelines.

This year, we have also added a virtual cohort that brings together entrepreneurs from across the country who do not have a local Veterans in Residence.

Strong candidates have:

  • A connection to the military, whether as a veteran or military family member.
  • Formed a legal business entity (such as an LLC).
  • Generated some revenue but less than $100,000 per year.
  • Clearly defined their business needs and growth goals.

Get more information and apply today

Apply Now

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Restaurant Revitalization Grants webinars

April 21, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Restaurant Revitalization Fund Info

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Free Online Business Training

ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition adds three new session dates targeted to established small businesses looking to grow in wake of COVID

The online courses are once a week for eight weeks. Each interactive class is two hours long and can accommodate up to 100 small businesses. The ideal candidate for the program is the president/owner of a Washington state business that has been in operation for at least two years and has annual pre-COVID gross revenues in excess of $100,000.

A $1,599 value, ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition is free to Washington state businesses, thanks in part to a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

The program is based on the Thurston Center for Business Innovation’s highly respected ScaleUp program, which uses the proven Kauffman Foundation’s Fast Trac® Growth Venture coursework as its foundation.

Interested businesses can choose from three different tracks in the ongoing series at

Session #3 Wednesdays: Apr. 28 – June 23, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Session #4 Thursdays: Apr. 29 – June 24, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Session #5 Thursdays: Apr. 29 – June 24, 6 to 8 p.m.

There is no cost to qualifying businesses. For more information, contact James Davis,, or (360) 464-6051.

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UW Transformation Strategies Series

UW Digital Transformation Strategies Seminar Series
February 24, March 31, April 28, May 12
Business owners will learn how to target a business’s access to technology and how to leverage outcomes to meet the needs of their customer in these dynamic seminars. Join us as industry experts lead impactful sessions on Management of Telework, Supply Chain, and Remote Customer Service.

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Cash Reigns Supreme Webinar

The three-part Cash Reigns Supreme webinar series is designed to teach small business owners the importance of financial statements and how they can be used to make better business decisions. Participants learn how third parties, including lenders, evaluate financial statements to make lending decisions.

Specific topics include:
•   The importance of maintaining current and accurate financial records
•   Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Statements
•   The importance of CASH
•   Determining your company’s cash needs
•   Cash flow statements and cash flow forecasting
•   Accounting terminology
•   Selecting an accounting system
•   Preparing for growth

CLICK HERE to View the Free Training Webinars and to Download the Coursebook
… and we are here to help, NDC has made available the below webinar to help answer some of those questions. In this webinar, a NDC loan officer reviews the requirements, documents, and updates related to the First and Second Draw PPP Program. At the end of the session you will understand how to prepare for and obtain a First or Second Draw PPP loan with NDC’s GAF. Click below to view.
Are you ready? APPLY NOW for a Forgivable Paycheck Protectin Program Loan
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The Progress Process

THE PROGRESS PROCESS: A Path to Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racist Business [Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber]
Six-Part Series, February 25th – September 30th
Join us for a 6-session, interactive workshop in which we will explore organizational transformation with a lens on equity and anti-racism. The sessions are designed to engage participants who are looking for space to discuss equity literacy and organizational development. The facilitators are experienced equity practitioners and established leaders in the public and private sectors. Participants will gain knowledge and skills that will help them navigate a roadmap to practice and achieve levels of equity, inclusion and anti-racism in their businesses.

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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 starting in January, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.  One hour with an optional 30 minute certification session.  Use the link below to attend.

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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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2021 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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