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Patent Pro Bono Program for Independent Inventors and Small Businesses

Inventors and small businesses that meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria may be eligible for free legal assistance in preparing and filing a patent application. The Patent Pro Bono Program is a nationwide network of independently operated regional programs that match volunteer patent professionals with financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses for the purpose of securing patent protection. Each regional program provides services for residents of one or more states.

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VIBE Business Plan Competition

VIBE 2018 Business Plan Competition

The Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) provides an applied training environment that supports military veterans’ entrepreneurial aspirations and promotes their understanding of the modern startup life cycle.  VIBE’s Business Plan Competition is the pinnacle event for the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington Tacoma.

Learn more about the competition and how to enter here.

Find out more about VIBE on their website.


Three Essential Financial Statements for Your Small Business [SBA]

SBA.gov community author, Paul Lester, listed the three essential financial statements a small business must have for successful growth.  Read the full blog and find out how to create these financial statements in the link below.

Accurately tracking financial data is not only critical for running the day-to-day operations of your small business, but it is also essential when seeking funding from lenders or investors to take your business to the next level.

In addition, keeping tabs of your finances can help ensure your products and services are priced right, identify what your margins are, determine your cash flow and make filing taxes easier.

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Up to $7,500 funds available for DBE Supportive Services (WSDOT)!

Funding of up to $7,500 for supportive services is available to qualified DBE firms that are engaged in highway activities.

The program has two distinct parts:

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WSDOT seeks comments on proposed DBE contracting goal for highway projects

Comments accepted through Dec. 15

OLYMPIA – Contractors, trade and labor organizations, small and disadvantaged businesses and all others who may be interested in working with the Washington State Department of Transportation are invited to comment on the agency’s proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal for Federal Highway Administration contracts.Read More


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