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Notice of Funding Availability - City of Tacoma

The City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for 2022 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

An application for grant funds is now available to organizations seeking funding in the following categories:

·        Home Repairs to Tacoma Homeowners

·        Economic Development via Assistance to Microenterprises

The application for funding and a funding information packet are available at:


Completed applications are due Monday, November 29, 2021 by 5 PM.

The  Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority will host a NOFA workshop for potential applicants Wednesday October 27, 2021 from 11:00 AM-noon. Staff will provide summary information about the NOFA process and an opportunity for Q and A. You can access the workshop at:

Dial in: (253) 215-8782 (Meeting ID: 880 2195 9932 and Passcode: 165239)

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Burbidge at the City of Tacoma Community and Economic Development Department – Housing Division at

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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 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:

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

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November - Global Entrepreneurs Month

November 1-30, 2021.  The Washington State Department of Commerce is hosting more than 50 on-line classes, workshops and interactive sessions through November.  From financing and hiring to marketing and exporting, there is something for everyone whether you’re a first-time business owner or a seasoned professional who needs to rebuild, recover and restart.  In addition to the live sessions, pre-recorded content and the State’s Entrepreneur Academy (11 free courses) are available on-demand.

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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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Spaceworks Incubator Applications

Spaceworks invites entrepreneurs with a creative/innovative business that benefits Tacoma’s community and who are seeking to grow a thriving business to apply to participate in our Incubator program. Spaceworks’ Incubator provides relevant and meaningful business training and peer-to-peer support to systematically grow Tacoma’s creative economy and generate destination quality activities that will engage and transform our community.
APPLICATIONS DUE December 1, 2021 by midnight, PST
Notifications will be sent out December 17th, 2021
Class begins on January 11th, 2021
Contact Jennifer English, Spaceworks Incubator Coordinator, at  with questions, or to set up a time for an application review prior to your submittal (highly recommended).

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MBDA events for November

[NEW] Dissecting a WSDOT RFQ [MBDA & PTAC]November 30 – December 1, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM PSTThis workshop provides the information and tools to extract the important parts of an RFQ and create useful tools for future RFQs and RFPs. You will gain a deeper understanding of what’s needed to deliver a compliant and responsive proposal in the Government Marketplace. We will be dissecting an actual RFQ which was issued by the Washington State Department of Transportation. We will provide several tools to assist you with the proposal process now and in the future. This is a great opportunity to learn how to get ready to grow in the government procurement market.

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.
See registration links below:

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]
November 8, 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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Maritime Blue Accelerator

If you have missed the announcements, applications are now open for the third wave of the Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator.

The four month mentor-based program is vital in helping early stage founders focused on the maritime industry grow and scale their startups. With a focus on education the founders are put through weekly programming that includes topics like financial modeling, SEO/analytics, sales, fund raising, and many more.

With over 20 companies having gone through the program since 2020, we have helped them to connect to strategic partners, investors, as well as help them grow their headcount.

Applications are open until mid-November. You can apply below or forward it to a founder you believe would be a good fit.

Apply to the Third Wave Today!

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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


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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