Technical assistance resources available to minority-owned and small businesses in the Puget Sound region

City of Tacoma

Tacoma Means Business – Business Assistance

First-stop portal for information and customized services to start and grow your business in Tacoma.

Services for Startup Businesses in Tacoma
  • Industry Trend Information
  • Household Demographics and Consumer Expenditure
  • Competitor Information
  • Traffic Counts
  • Business Coaching
Services for Established Businesses in Tacoma
  • Custom Marketing Lists
  • Marketing and Promotion Assistance
  • Business Coaching
  • Showcase your Business on TV Tacoma
  • Contracting with the Federal Government
  • Networking Opportunities

Kala Dralle
(253) 573-2523

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)

Business Mentorship – www.SCORE.org

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Their offices are located throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho states, and beyond. See their website to be connected with the nearest SCORE office location.

Washington SCORE Center Locations

Idaho SCORE Center Locations

Oregon SCORE Center Locations

 Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Washington PTAC

There are eight locations across Washington State assisting small businesses with marketing to the government, solicitations, drawings, and other areas relating to selling to the government. Nationally, there are over 90 PTACs with over 400 counselors. This nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals works to ensure businesses can find, bid and win state, federal and local government contracts.

Oregon Government Contract Assistance Program (PTAC)

The Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP) is part of a nationwide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) working to help small businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace.

Idaho PTAC

The Idaho SBDC can help you tap into this market through our Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). PTAC tracks local, state, and federal bid opportunities, and alerts you to those that match your product and service profile. PTAC registration is free and we offer workshops and one-on-one trainings to get you started.

 City of Seattle

Contracting for Women- & Minority-Owned Businesses

Contracting opportunities and City and non-City resources on this page provide useful information and connections capable of growing women and minority-owned businesses (WMBE).

Technical Assistance for Business Owners

Information on doing business in the City of Seattle and obtaining business licenses and permits.

 WA State Department of Enterprise Services (DES)

Bid Opportunities (WEBS)

– Current bid opportunities from state agencies and other government entities for goods and services
– Engineering and Architectural services solicitations for consultant services
– Current bid opportunities for construction services. Current solicitations for leased space throughout Washington state
– Information on future bids for goods, services, construction projects, and leased space

 Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE)

Certification for State MBE, DBE, MWBE

If you are already established or just starting a business, OMWBE certification can:
– Boost your potential for conducting business with government entities;
– Significantly increase your visibility through listings on important databases for certified firms and active bids throughout the state; and
– Provide private-sector companies another opportunity to meet their own supplier diversity goals.

Linked Deposit Program

To assist minority-owned businesses gain access to capital Linked Deposit Program allows businesses certified by OMWBE to receive a discount up to 2% on loans.
Any firm currently certified by OMWBE as a Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), Minority Women’s Business Enterprise (MWBE), or Combined Business Enterprise (CBE) is entitled to the Linked Deposit benefit.

 Washington State Department of Transportation

On the Job Training

On the Job Training is for organizations or individuals looking for help funding their training/supportive services programs.

Business Development Program and Support Services for DBEs

– Targeting technical assistance on a range of business topics
– Accessing construction plans, specifications and manuals
– Receiving announcements of outreach and training
– One-on-one counseling
– Training
– Get help creating a business plan to help your company grow
– Receive classroom-style training

 Sound Transit

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

DBE Program, and Small Business program including offering technical assistance within the small business program.

Procurement & Contracts

Guide for doing business with Sound Transit. Vendors and contractors who want to do business with Sound Transit must register with eBid, our online bidding service.

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