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Pierce County Business Accelerator

In response to the pandemic and the adverse impacts on underserved communities in Pierce County, the County Council has allocated $5M of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to launch the Pierce County Business Accelerator. The program will serve entrepreneurs and business owners throughout Pierce County with a focus on underserved communities to help foster innovation and create wealth-building opportunities.

The Pierce County Business Accelerator will provide direct access to business resources such as relevant training, coaching, technical assistance, and networking support to launch and grow micro businesses in Pierce County. Upon completion, participants will receive access to potential funding options, matching grant resources up to $10,000, a commercial rent stipend for one year up to $500/mo., and coaching/mentorship for one year.

First Round Application Deadline: September 17. Applications submitted after September 17 will be considered for a later cohort.
First cohort will kick off by the end of September.

Pierce County Business Accelerator Application

Pierce County Business Accelerator FAQs and Application Checklist

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Comcast Rise Grants

October 1 – 14, Comcast RISE program is open to businesses owned by people of color in King and Pierce counties. In addition to continuing to offer media, marketing, and technology upgrades, Comcast RISE will provide one hundred businesses each $10,000.  Eligible small business will be able to apply online at Winners will be notified on November 23, 2021.

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Request for Proposals - State of Washington

Request for proposals: Outreach to historically disadvantaged communities

The Washington State Department of Commerce is soliciting project proposals from entities interested in conducting outreach and assisting members of historically disadvantaged communities in applying for state and federal assistance programs. The application assistance will include, but is not limited to, programs administered by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Department of Commerce, and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).

A total of $9,700,000 is available for this project: $7,275,000 will be available in fiscal year 2022, and $2,425,000 will be available in fiscal year 2023.
Customer Reference Number: RFP No. 22-36704-007

Proposals Due: 3:00 pm, Oct. 15, 2021


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Join Washington's Circular Economy

The circular economy is growing right here in Western Washington! The City of Tacoma, in partnership with the Seattle Good Business Network and the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD), is excited to officially launch the Washington Materials Marketplace. This online platform aims to create a closed-loop, collaborative network of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs where hard-to-recycle waste and by-products become another organization’s raw material. This new online tool is available at NO COST to any company or organization in Washington. In addition to diverting waste from the landfill, these recovery activities will generate cost and energy savings, reduce carbon emissions and create new jobs and business opportunities in Washington.


If you’re interested in exploring new opportunities to transform waste materials into new products or to secure recycled material streams and reduce use of virgin feedstock, request an invitation to create an account at

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MBDA events for September



MBDA InVision Tour
The MBDA InVision Tour empowers minority innovators and entrepreneurs to transform ideas into business success through access to federal research and development resources, funding, and technology transfer programs. Join us to hear from space industry experts and learn what it takes to bring your ideas to the commercial marketplace.

  • Transitioning to the Space Industrial Base, September 15

[NEW] Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week 2021
September 19 – 25, 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will host its annual National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week virtual conference. The conference celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of minority-owned companies and presents informational sessions and programming; offering interactive networking sessions to generate new connections and fresh perspectives. MED Week also features an awards ceremony where individuals and organizations are honored for exceptional commitments and contributions to minority business growth. In fact, the MED Week Awards are the highest national recognition an minority-owned firm can receive from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Grow with a Pro [Business Impact NW]
Tuesdays thru December 2021, 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM PDT
Whether you are in the idea phase or a growth phase in your business, we invite you to attend our weekly Grow with a Pro coffee chats. You will hear from Business Professionals from Umpqua Bank, Tax-u-Sign, Farmers Insurance and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.
Every Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:15 Pacific Time, you will get to hear from one of these professionals as they chat about their area of expertise as it relates to current times and we will have an opportunity for a few of your non-confidential questions to get some answers. We’ll even be offering you opportunities to connect with other business owners through these morning coffee chats.
See registration links below:

[NEW] Port of Seattle 2021 Advanced PortGen Workshops – Architect & Engineering
Tuesdays, September 14 – October 26, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
In partnership with the US DOT NW SBTRC, the Port of Seattle presents the 2021 Virtual Advanced PortGen Workshop series. The seven-session workshop training program will cover key technical & professional skills that are essential for effective management of the company. Participants will be introduced to procurement and networking opportunities with the Port of Seattle, other public agencies and prime contractors.

This multi-week workshop training program will provide education to small, minority and woman-owned firms focused on Architect & Engineering businesses.

  • A&E Essential Financials & Business Development 9/14/21
  • A&E Human Resources & Industry Networking 9/21/21
  • A&E Port of Seattle – Procurement and WMBE Program 9/28/21
  • A&E Sound Transit & Understanding Design Build 10/5/21
  • A&E Port of Seattle Marketing &Digital Brand Marketing 10/12/21
  • A&E Business Plan & IT Security for Small Business 10/19/21
  • A&E Resources & Networking 10/26/21

How to Sell on Amazon: Amazon Small Business Academy
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. Click here to see all webinars.

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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.
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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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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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Organizational Resources

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