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EIDL Final Training Opportunity

COVID EIDL Applicants: Join SBA’s COVID EIDL Application Completion Office Hours for information about the application process and get your questions answered to apply for COVID EIDL funds. For more information about COVID EIDL, visit the SBA website.

  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. ET Join here
  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. ET Join here

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Nominate a Small Business Person!

The U.S. Small Business Administration Seattle District Office is now accepting nominations for its 2022 National Small Business Week Awards, including the Washington State Small Business Person of the Year.

 

For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has celebrated the achievements of America’s small businesses and the contributions they make to their local communities, and to the nation’s economy. National Small Business Week will be May 1-7, 2022.

 

The SBA Seattle District Office is accepting nominations for the following awards:

 

·       Washington State Small Business Person of the YearState winner is finalist for National Small Business Person of the Year

·       Exporter of the Year

·       8(a) Graduate of the YearThe SBA 8(a) Business Development Program is a nine-year federal government contracting certification and program for small business

·       Rural Small Business of the Year

·       Young Entrepreneur of the Year

 

“The SBA National Small Business Week Awards program is an opportunity for us to shine a light on our district’s inspiring small business owners and entrepreneurs. Now more than ever, their stories of resilience are noteworthy of praise and recognition,” SBA Seattle District Director Kerrie Hurd said. “As we look toward 2022, the innovation and job creation that small businesses provide will be the driving force to move our economy forward.”

 

Visit www.sba.gov/nsbw to download forms, criteria, and guidelines for submitting a nomination. SBA Seattle District Office nomination guidelines and district awards categories can also be found on the district’s website at www.sba.gov/wa.

 

All nominations must be received by the SBA Seattle District Office by electronic submission only to the District’s BOX account by 12 p.m. PT on Jan. 11, 2022. 

 

For more information about SBA awards, contact Desiree Albrecht at desiree.albrecht@sba.gov or (202) 836-0662.

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Equitable Innovations Accelerator

Find Ventures, a Washington state-based nonprofit whose mission is to fund entrepreneurs, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, today launched a new Equitable innovations Accelerator to fuel the start-up community at the earliest stage of business development. This program aims to make “entrepreneurship for all” a reality by prioritizing entrepreneurs from underserved and historically marginalized communities.

The Equitable Innovations Accelerator is a first-of-its-kind program to provide 10 technology start-ups with up to $100,000 in non-dilutive philanthropic grants, programming and access to mentors and coaches.

The Equitable Innovations Accelerator will run through 2022. Find Ventures has contracted with the Washington Technology Industry Association to support the programming of the accelerator.

Application information events: Dec. 6 and Jan. 14

The application for the Equitable Innovations Accelerator can be found at www.findventures.org/equitable-innovator-accelerator/. Business founders and entrepreneurs who may have experienced difficulty gaining access to traditional sources of capital are especially encouraged to apply. Two optional information events are scheduled for prospective applicants: Dec. 6 and Jan. 14, 2022. Find the registration links here: www.findventures.org/equitable-innovator-accelerator/.

Financial support for the Equitable Innovations Accelerator Fund is currently being secured from private donors and will be distributed to start-up founders through the accelerator program. “Donating to the Find Ventures Founders Fund will ensure that equitable investment opportunities for Washington’s entrepreneurial community is accessible to all,” said Justin Brotman, co-founder of Find Ventures. Fundraising efforts are underway to finalize the fund. Potential donors are encouraged to visit https://www.findventures.org/equitable-innovator-accelerator/.

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Become a Pierce County Service Provider

Webinar: How to Participate as a Pierce County Professional Services Provider – Wednesday, December 8 at 2:00 pmJoin us for a webinar to learn more about the opportunity to be on a list of qualified professional services providers who will be matched with Pierce County businesses who need services such as bookkeeping, graphic design, web design, marketing, tax, and legal advice. Providers need to register with Pierce County and complete a bid process in order to participate as an approved provider. American Rescue Plan Act funding has been allocated by the Pierce County Council to support this program.

Click here to register.

Questions? Contact us at 253.798.6150 or send an email.

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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.
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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MBDA events for December

 

Small Business Resources for Preparedness, Relief, Recovery, and Resiliency [SBA & PPSI]
Every other Wednesday, September 29 – December 22, 11:00 AM PT
The SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute have teamed up to provide small business owners and leaders with a series of webinars that will cover resources to help small businesses grow and thrive. These sessions will take place every two weeks on Wednesdays. Subscribe for in link above for regular updates about these events and registration.

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.
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Let’s Talk Inclusion – Leadership Roundtable [SCORE]
Last Tuesday of each month, thru December, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join this collaborative conversation to: 1) Expand Your Perspectives, 2) Reflect & Connect, and 3) Learn to Apply New Skills on the topic of Equity & Inclusion. During this recurring monthly meeting, on the last Tuesday of each month, from 12 noon to 1 pm (PT), participants will enjoy Videos from Community & Business Leaders, engage in Poll Questions, and actively engage with others on a Journey to create “Inclusion for All”.

University of Washington Supplier Orientation [UW]
December 9

The 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.

PTAC & SBDC First Friday Follow-Up
Every first Friday of each month
EASC/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.

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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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

Please explore below to see what resources are offered by the following organizations:

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Contracting with the City of Tacoma

LEARN ABOUT:

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

WHEN:

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.

https://zoom.us/j/92866513610?pwd=dU42a2lHbEd6L3Ayd3lpUUZONlI0UT09

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