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MBDA-Tacoma Business Center: COVID-19 Business Information & Resources

See the following news and information compiled by MBDA-Tacoma Business Center related to COVID-19 business resources. You can also follow us on our Facebook page for more updates.
Last update: November 23, 2020

Comcast Rise – Applications Open on November 24thComcast Business
Comcast RISE was created to invest in the success of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) businesses by providing valuable and practical support. If your business qualifies, you’ll have the opportunity to receive marketing consultations, media placements, commercial creative production services, or technology services from Effectv and Comcast Business.  Beginning November 24, 2020, all BIPOC business owners will be eligible to apply for Comcast RISE. Business support also includes a monetary grant. Read on to find out how to qualify and apply.

Pierce County: $10,000 Business Rollback Relief GrantPierce County Economic Development
To provide financial support to main street retail, arts and culture businesses and other qualifying businesses impacted by recently modified COVID-19 restrictions, Pierce County has created a grant program to offset the costs of business disruption. Subject to available funds and eligibility requirements, businesses may receive a need-based grant of up to $10,000. Application deadline: December 11th, 5pm. See qualifications and apply here.

Pierce County: Emergency Small Business Relief Loan GrantPierce County Economic Development
Pierce County small businesses who have experienced significant economic injury as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for this loan program if they meet the below criteria. Loan amounts of $1,000 per full-time employee will be awarded up to $20,000. Loans will be offered to qualified applicants at no interest and no payments for 12 months. Application deadline: December 4th 5pm. Click here for eligibility and application information.
Loan Recipients May Now Apply for Loan Forgiveness – businesses must complete the loan forgiveness process by November 30, 2020.

Working Washington Small Business Grants: Round 3 – Coming Soon!
WA State Department of Commerce is working on an additional $20 million in small business grants. These grants will be targeted to businesses most impacted by the newest restrictions announced by Governor Inslee Nov. 15. Details will be posted on the StartUp Washington webpage once they are ready to accept applications.

November 25: COVID-19 BUSINESS INFO SERIES Webinar, Now Wednesdays 11am – 12pmTacoma Pierce County Chamber
Please join Tacoma Pierce County Chamber’s panel for an in-depth discussion of issues for our businesses that have arisen due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This series of calls will continue each Monday & Wednesday as long as there is a need. Missed a Previous Call? Need next call info? Visit the Chamber’s COVID-19 Resource Page for more information.

UPDATED COVID-19 Guidance from Gov. Jay Inslee for Washington State
On November 15, Governor Inslee announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. The new restrictions are outlined here (two-page PDF), and the below guidance will be updated in coming days to reflect these changes.Read More


Construction and A&E Advanced PortGen – USDOT Bonding Education Program

In partnership with the US DOT SBTRC-NW the Port of Seattle presents the 2020 Advanced PortGen Workshop series. The workshop series will utilize subject matter experts that are active within the industry. MBDA-Tacoma Business Center is co-sponsoring the workshop series that includes two tracks:

  • 1. Construction: October 27 – December 15 (Tuesdays)
  • 2. Architecture & Engineering: October 29 – December 10 (Thursdays)

Please see details and registration details below for each track.Read More


L&I Employment Standards/Wage & Hour Rules ON DEMAND

L&I Essentials for Business series: Employment Standards/Wage & Hour Rules

Join the Washington SBDC to receive basic employer information for employers in Washington state. This webinar will be help current employers check to see if they are covering the bases and is essential for new and pivoting employers. Considerations from hiring independent contractors to minimum wage, overtime (including recent rule changes), paid sick leave & protected leave, Equal pay Act, worker protections,

Sign up here, to attend this no cost on-demand webinar. The following topics will be covered:

  • Paying wages
  • Meal and rest periods
  • Employing minors
  • Leaves
  • Prevailing Wage
  • Record keeping

The presenter will be Mia Johnstone, Washington SBDC Certified Business advisor.


Happy National Small Business Week!

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration for the National Small Business Week virtual conference. The event will feature presentations by business experts, mentoring, and virtual networking all designed to help entrepreneurs retool, pivot, and come back stronger than ever before.

National Small Business Week 3-Day Virtual Conference, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, is happening Tuesday, September 22 – Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Attend this free, online conference to meet our 2020 small business winners from across the country, learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and talk with industry experts!

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Announcing “Buy MBE Day” on September 19, 2020

The national network of MBDA Business and Specialty Centers partner to launch inaugural awareness campaign to promote minority business enterprises

In honor of the 2020 National Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week), the MBDA-Tacoma Business Center will launch aBuy MBE Dayin Tacoma on Saturday, September 19th.  The Tacoma Center will join the national network of MBDA Business and Specialty Centers across the country in demonstrating support and commitment to the minority business community. Read More


Supplier Diversity: Interested in Doing Business with UPS?

UPS has created a portal for suppliers to learn how to do business and register with UPS:
The Supplier Diversity portal helps ensure that qualified small businesses and diverse firms have the resources and access they need to successfully compete for our business.

Currently, UPS is looking for suppliers in the following categories:Read More


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