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August SBDC events

Events are free but registration is required.

Working Washington Round 5 & Convention Center Grants

The Washington State Legislature has allocated a new round of grant funding for small businesses and non-profits. These grant programs are administered through the Washington Department of Commerce in partnership with the Washington Arts Commission.

Application portals will be open from August 17 – September 9 for both grant opportunities. Join us along with Washington State Arts Commission and Washington State Department of Commerce for this no-cost webinar that will cover program details, eligibility criteria and what you will need to apply for these two grant opportunities.

Several other valuable trainings will be held this month.  Learn more at


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New Round - Working Washington Grants

Working Washington Grants Round 5 will open August 17, 2022 and close September 9

Apply by August 31, 2022



The Washington State Legislature allocated a new round of grant funding for small businesses affected by the pandemic. $70 million was appropriated by the legislature for Working Washington Grants Round 5. The application portal will open August 17.  Review of applications will occur in late September, with awards to follow in October, 2022.


This grant serves small businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For-profit and non-profit businesses, including sole proprietors and independent artists, are encouraged to apply. Recipients of grants using federal funds must have a UEI (Unique Entity Identifier). If you don’t have a UEI, apply now.


·       Review eligibility

·       Read about frequently asked questions (FAQs)

·       Register for a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) if you haven’t already done so

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Startup Networking Event

Startup founders are invited to join US Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-District 6) at a networking event celebrating Congressional Startup Day.

The event will start at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16th at Traction Space (748 Market Street, Tacoma) and is hosted by the Tacoma Maritime Innovation Incubator and TractionSpace.

Founders of all company types are welcome.

Please use this evite link to sign up:

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Online: Business Legal Workshop

September 14, 2022:  Business 101 Legal Workship – Virtual

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

All startups and small businesses are encouraged to attend.

Topics Covered:

  • Business Entity Types
  • Employee vs. Independent Contractors
  • Contracts & Lease Agreements
  • Intellectual Property

Bring Questions to Live Q&A

To sign up:  Eventbrite link to register

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How to Do Business with the City of Tacoma

What:         A Zoom Workshop Hosted by the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department

Topics covered:

·       Purchasing and Contracting processes

·       Tax and License Requirements

·       Applying for certification with the Washington State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprise (OMWBE)

·       Insurance/Bonding Requirements

·       Minority Business Development Agency – Technical Assistance

·       Optional Q&A

When:         Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Time:          11am – 12:30pm

Registration required, register here:

For questions about this workshop, or to request information in an alternate format, please contact Gary Lizama at or (253) 591-5826.

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Pierce County Lunch & Learn

August 17: 11:30 – 1:30

At Jazzy’s Cafe-Tacoma:  3701 S Lawrence St, Suite C

Topics include:

  • Getting funding with the City of Tacoma
  • What is a Grant?
  • How to prepare a Grant Proposal
  • What is SAM and how to get a UEI
  • Growing your business
  • How do I work through the system in T/PC


Pre-order lunch through:

Speakers include:

Maddie Merton – Economic Development Board

Dierdre Patterson – City of Tacoma

Michael Jordan – The Black Collective


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ScaleUp Training starts August 24

Register here>

Advanced business training for companies that have moved BEYOND startup and launch.

ScaleUp is about building capacity, increasing profitability, and automating business systems. The program will show you how to position your business for investment and ready you for that moment.

-Imagine your business as passive income through systemization

-Working ON your business, NOT in it

-Doubling or tripling revenues

-Increasing shareholder distributions

-Securing investors and investment

-Having an exit strategy that ensures MAXIMUM value when you sell

Trainers have years of experience building and scaling businesses and helping others do the same.

ScaleUp Business Training is NOT JUST a 9 week training program, it’s ongoing support and community.

Graduates of the ScaleUp program maintain access to all ScaleUp resources and ongoing mentorship through our weekly Study Hall program and Alumni Network.

Provided at NO COST to Washington State businesses through August 2022 through support from the Washington Department of Commerce and The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.

The path to seven figures starts here!


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Tech Startup Network event

Join WTIA, TractionSpace, and Startup253 for a founder networking event at TractionSpace on 8/23 from 3-5. Come network with other founders in Tacoma and the South Sound! Register here:

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COVID 19 Financial Support Survey

COVID-19 Related Relief Programs: Give us Your Feedback

We want to hear from you. SBA invites you to participate in a survey to assess your satisfaction with SBA’s customer service and communication on COVID-19 related grant and loan relief programs. The results will be used to monitor and improve the effectiveness of future SBA customer service and communications efforts. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete for each program from which you obtained financial assistance.

Launch the survey

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Tacoma Maritime Innovation Incubator

Applications are now open for entrepreneurs interested in support for commercializing solutions in the maritime, marine, clean energy and logistic and trade sectors.  Housed at the Center for Urban Waters on the Thea Foss Waterway, TMII provides 12 months of robust programming for startups in these sectors.

To apply:

Questions?  Contact Karina at

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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.

Applications are being accepted for future cohorts.

Pierce County Business Accelerator Application

Pierce County Business Accelerator FAQs and Application Checklist

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MBDA events

NEW] Government Contracting Success Week – 4 Webinars [SBA7(j)]August 16 – 19, 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM PDT each dayGovernment Contracting Success Week (GCS Week) is a virtual event that will consist of 4 FREE webinars packed full of government contracting information. Click on links below to register for each webinar:– Doing Business With the GSA – August 16– How to Get the Most Out of Your 8(a) Certification – August 17– How to Identify and Win More Contracts by Using Government Websites – August 18– Mentor Protégé Program 101 – August 19

[NEW] State Contracting Opportunities & Open House – Zoom Meeting [WA DES]August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PTOn the third Thursday of the month, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) facilitates an interactive conversation with state procurement professionals who can provide information and insight on how to do business with the state. Join us for this virtual event where we will discuss a variety of topics, including: Introduction to state contracting; How to find upcoming contracting opportunities; Where to get technical assistance; Where to find additional training; opportunity for questions and answers.

[NEW] Small Business Cybersecurity Four-Part Series Webinar [SBDC]September 13, September 27, October 11, October 25Small businesses are under cyber and data-breach attacks more than ever given the current climate. Cyber attacks happen every day, and for a small business they can be very costly and cripple business operations. Having your systems and information compromised is not only a direct threat to your confidential data, it can also ruin your relationships with customers and cause legal vulnerability. It is imperative to learn how to boost your cyber defense systems. This series was developed to help small businesses be cyber safe.

University of Washington Supplier Orientation [UW]Monthly – see dates below, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PSTThe orientations will provide a learning opportunity to assist in navigating potential business prospects at the University and with other state agencies, as well as educational and other resources to assist businesses. Orientation sessions are virtual and will include representatives from the University and other regional business development agencies.

Turner School of Construction Management

5-week, 9-Course Program @ Seattle LocationMeets every Tuesday and Thursday, September 6 – October 6, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PMTurner’s School of Construction Management (TSCM) is a 5-week program that expands opportunities for growing businesses. Each course is taught by Turner staff and select industry partners. The program has helped participants enhance business acumen, build networks, and form long-term business relationships. We provide our community with the education and tools to work successfully within the industry by introducing a series of lectures in Procurement, Estimating, Operations, Contracts, Accounting, and other construction areas beneficial to a company’s quality and growth. Participants are issued a certificate of completion at the end of the program. Link to register.

Grow with a Pro [Business Impact NW]Tuesdays, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM PTWhether 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, and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.Every Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 am 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.

  • First Tuesday of Every Month:Neura Conejo – Banking Professional – Umpqua Bank
  • Second Tuesday of Every Month:Lily Tran – Tax Professional – Tax-u-Sign
  • Third Tuesday of Every Month:Andrew Peoples – Insurance Professional – Parker, Smith & Feek
  • Fourth Tuesday of Every Month:Michael Jonas – Legal Professional – Rational Unicorn Legal Services PC

Doing Business with the City of Seattle – OnlineFirst Fridays of each month, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PTJoin City of Seattle for “First Fridays” online to meet Purchasing and Contracting staff who are part of purchasing, consultant contracting and construction/public works teams. Three sessions are offered at at once so choose the one you’re interested in!Separate online workshops are available same day in Spanish, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Primer Viernes del mes

PTAC & SBDC First Friday Follow-UpEvery first Friday of each monthEASC/PTAC Friday Follow-up is an open forum, round table for businesses to get answers from your local PTAC counselor. Bring your questions regarding government contracting and learn from knowledgeable Small Business Experts. Janet Toth with the Small Business Development Center will be with us to share her knowledge about growing your business.

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