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City of Tacoma Hosts Event Connecting Community Members With Family-Wage Construction Jobs on July 27

Tacoma, Wash. — The Community and Economic Development Department’s Local Employment and Apprenticeship (LEAP) Training Program Office at the City of Tacoma invites community members to a Tacoma Works event on July 27, from 6 – 8 p.m.Read More


There’s an app that connects MWBEs to the right contracts

Matthew Flamm writes about a phone app that helps MWBEs connect with the right requests for proposals (RFP). The main point is that the goals set for minority owned businesses and women owned businesses winning government contracts are not being met.Read More


How Digital Is Your Business?

Rieva Lesonsky discusses the importance of using digital platforms to grow and market your small business. In addition to the growth and marketing benefits, adding digital tools to your business can also:

– Create more jobs

– Reach new markets

– Introduce a new product or service

– Earn twice as much revenue than a basic small businessRead More


Washington Legislature Passes 5 Public Works Related Bills – Mike Purdy’s Public Contracting Blog

About Mike Purdy

With over 30 years of contracting experience and an additional 10 years of consulting, Mike Purdy has an extensive background in public procurement and contracting.  Mike has trained over 100 public agencies, industry associations, and businesses and he has served as a contracting manager for Seattle Housing Authority and the University of Washington.Read More


2017 Elevator Pitch Competition

Is your business pitch on point? Need capital infusion? Enter the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition now!
You’ve got nothing to lose. Just record and upload your best business pitch that’s less than two minutes (please), and send it to Black Enterprise.  See details here:  http://bit.ly/2lMkkbGRead More


RFI S. Tacoma Way

Request for Interest: For Lease – South Tacoma Business District

The City of Tacoma Neighborhood and Community Services Department is seeking a private partner to train and employ youth between the ages of 16-24 years old.  Entrepreneurs are invited to express their interest to the City of Tacoma Community of Economic Development Department for the leasing of 1,500 sq. ft of commercial space located at 5401 S. Tacoma Way in the South Tacoma Neighborhood Business District.Read More


John Rodenberg speaking at the VIBE presentation

Cash Flow – UW Tacoma VIBE Brown Bag Session

In Autumn quarter 2016, VIBE held a series of Brown Bag sessions to inform and educate business owners in the area.  Our MBDA Tacoma team had a chance to drop in and listen to a guest speaker, John Rodenberg from Small Business Development Center (SBDC), talk about cash flow.  John Rodenberg is an experienced business consultant, mentor, and advisor – and he can be all of the above and more, depending on what kind of business help is needed.  John reminded about the importance of businesses being aware of their cash flow.  Read More


Bahn Sip Song Thai Bistro and Sports Bar

Lao Community Outreach

Helping minority businesses involves reaching out to the community, connecting with people, and learning about their ideas, needs, and expectations.  This December, the Lao community has welcomed MBDA and its partners to host an outreach event at Bahn Sip Song, a Thai Bistro and Sports Bar.  The goal of the event was to get members of the Lao community together and learn about options to grow or start their business.  The evening began with our special guests from various organizations sharing how to use the tools and services available to gain access to capital, expand a business, as well as financing and preparing for export. We thank the following guests for speaking about how their organizations help to grow business: Read More


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