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Women-owned Business Pitch Competition

The 2022 Women-Owned Business Pitch Contest is presented by KeyBank’s Key4Women, in collaboration with the University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of BusinessUniversity of Washington Foster School of Business and TheWMarketplace. The inaugural contest offers access to capital and business development, mentoring and the opportunity to increase market visibility. Cash awards totaling more than $47,000 will be awarded, including a grand prize of $20,000.

To be eligible, for-profit businesses must be 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women. Businesses must be headquartered in Pierce, King, Snohomish, Kitsap and Thurston counties. Applicants can be entrepreneurs with a new business idea or an existing companies with a new product or service that expands their current business with annual sales of less than $3 million.
Applications are being accepted online June 1-July 31. Click here for more information and to apply.

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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.

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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

ScaleUp Training Series Sessions 17 & 18 [StartUp Washington]May 18 – July 13 > Still open for registrationThese flexible class times spanning a 9-week period are focused on teaching proven strategies to small businesses that will increase resiliency and spur growth in the wake of a global pandemic. This powerful program will give you the tools necessary to take your time back, break through the profit plateau, create new sources of revenue, and help you to work on your business rather than in your business!Session 17: Wednesdays: 8:30 – 10 a.m. PDT, May 18 – July 13Session 18: Wednesdays: 6 – 7:30 p.m. PDT, May 18 – July 13

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.

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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