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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Deadline March 3

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Deadline for PPP Forgiveness – March 3, 2024

For borrowers with PPP loans under $100,000, the SBA has implemented a Goodwill Exception Period through Sunday, March 3, 2024, to help borrowers apply for forgiveness before it’s too late. Beginning March 4, 2024, borrowers with defaulted PPP loans under $100,000 will be referred to the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS for collection.

Loan forgiveness is still available for PPP borrowers! If your business has an outstanding PPP loan, we encourage you to attend one of the SBA Seattle District Offices’ upcoming webinars on Friday, February 23 12:00 – 1:00pm or Tuesday, February 27 1:00 – 2:00pm.

For more information visit:

SBA Forgiveness Call Center: (877) 552-2692, Mon -Fri 5am – 5pm PT

SBA Direct Forgiveness Portal | Portal User Guide | Guide in Other Languages

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E-Contractor Academy

Emerald Cities Northwest is proud to announce the spring dates for the 2024 E-Contractor Academy.  E-Contractor Academy aims to provide the information, resources, tools and connections so that diverse-owned construction firms may grow via clean energy and sustainable building projects. The Academy and all support services are offered free of charge to participants.  Applications are now open and will close by February 14th.  Attached please find flyers for more information as well as a few key details below.  Academy Dates: February 21 – April 3rd Wednesdays from 3-6pm Location:  Hybrid (Zoom & South Seattle College) Application Deadline: February 14th More InformationApply Now

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CTE Director/Employer Meet and Greet

The 2024 Pierce County CTE Director and Employer Meet and Greet is just around the corner! Join us on March 14 from 4-6 pm at Bonney Lake High School to connect with Career and Technical Education (CTE) Directors from the school districts in our county and explore collaborative opportunities to build your future workforce together.

Registration is FREE! Click here to Register.

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Export Accelerator Applications Open

The Greater Seattle Export Accelerator (GSEA) continues its mission to empower local businesses and drive economic growth through international trade.

This dynamic export assistance program is designed to equip businesses in Snohomish, King and Pierce County with the tools and resources needed to expand their reach in the global marketplace. Through a comprehensive curriculum, in-person export advising, and networking events, the accelerator aims to catalyze international trade for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

GSEA is brought to you in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Commercial Service Seattle. Selected companies gain free access to a dedicated expert export advisor, and a public/private export ecosystem that includes local, state, and federal international trade and export service providers.



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SCORE Workshops

Did you know the SCORE provides an ongoing series of free workshops for people seeking to start or grow a business?  Attend a workshop and learn from experienced executives how to position your business for success.

Check out the workshop calendar below:


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Clean Buildings Symposium

February 23, 2024 from 8 am to noon

Join us for a half-day event for building owners, managers and operators of commercial properties 20,000 square feet or larger to gain valuable insight into the WA Clean Buildings Act and resources to help improve the performance of your buildings, reduce energy consumption, and reach your compliance goals.

Listen to panel discussions from public and private sector entities and learn about available technical and financial resources, as well as how to navigate local climate policy compliance obligations and conversation.

Tacoma-Pierce County Clean Buildings Symposium Tickets, Fri, Feb 23, 2024 at 8:00 AM | Eventbrite


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WTIA Founder Cohort

Applications are open until March 4

WTIA Founder Cohort program helps 30-35 venture-scale, seed-stage startups grow and scale over the course of 6 months. The program is completely virtual and is open to venture scale tech startups based in Washington. We and our partners will provide founders with a roadmap that will help guide them through their next milestones as they navigate increasing revenue, securing investment, and growing the team.

Companies can apply here


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Certification Fees Waived!

The Office of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (“OMWBE”) is celebrating 40 years of service by waiving certification fees through June, 2024.  Washington State businesses are invited to get certified for FREE!  Renewal fees have also been waived for businesses who are already certified.

Why Certify?

  • Be visible to prime and general contractors
  • Gain access to valuable government contracts
  • Network with contractors and government agencies

If you need support with any of your OMWBE Certifications, please email or call 360-664-9750.

While currently these fees are only being waived through June, OMWBE is pursuing sustainable means of waiving the fees long-term.  Stay tuned!

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MBDA Monthly Events

Developing a Compelling Capability Statement (2024 Update)February 6, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PSTIn this dynamic webinar, we’ll guide you through the critical elements of marketing your business effectively to prime vendors and government agencies. Discover how to create a capability statement that not only meets expectations but exceeds them. Learn the secrets to positioning your business as a “responsible” contractor, ensuring it stands out among competitors.

Cost: $85. Free for MBDA Clients. Contact us to learn how to to receive your special discount code through Washington MBDA Business Center and start learning today!

Intro to Teaming (2024 Update)February 8, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PSTIf you want to learn some of the best-kept secrets of successful small businesses dominating in the federal marketplace, then this webinar is for you. Learning how to leverage teaming and joint ventures to gain a competitive advantage will enable you to successfully pursue, win, and perform some of the largest government contracts available to small businesses.

Cost: $85. Free for MBDA Clients. Contact us to learn how to to receive your special discount code through Washington MBDA Business Center and start learning today!

How to Build a Strong Government Sales Strategy – 8 Core Activities (2024 Update)February 13, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PSTIn this educational, fast-paced, and high-energy webinar, Mr. Frank will walk you through various tactics and strategies to build a strong sales strategy to win government contracts. He will help you connect the dots, from who buys what you sell to how you collect intelligence and defeat your competitors.

Cost: $85. Free for MBDA Clients. Contact us to learn how to to receive your special discount code through Washington MBDA Business Center and start learning today!

Evolving DoD Contractor Cybersecurity Requirements (2024 Update)February 14, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PSTIn this webinar, Adam Austin, Co-Founder, Cybersecurity Lead, and CTO of Totem Technologies, will give an overview of Department of Defense Contractor Cybersecurity requirements in layperson’s terms, describe some of the implementation challenges, and provide resources that you can use to navigate the cybersecurity landscape.

Cost: $85. Free for MBDA Clients. Contact us to learn how to to receive your special discount code through Washington MBDA Business Center and start learning today!

Understanding Simplified Acquisitions in Government ContractingFebruary 20, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PSTDid you know that understanding simplified acquisition procedures can significantly increase your chances of securing government contracts? If you’re ready to unlock the secrets of streamlined procurement methods used by government agencies, then this webinar is your golden ticket! In this comprehensive webinar, you will gain valuable insights into key concepts, regulations, and best practices that will empower you to navigate the simplified acquisition process effectively.

Cost: $85. Free for MBDA Clients. Contact us to learn how to to receive your special discount code through Washington MBDA Business Center and start learning today!

Coffee & Issues: No Strategy or Game Plan for 2024February 27, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PSTAs the great Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” So, if you’re looking to conquer the world of federal sales in 2024, you need a solid game plan. That’s where Carroll Bernard and Michael Lejeune come in. These two experts have all the best practices and insider tips to help you chart a course for government market success. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Cost: Free.



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