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: May 13, 2021
Small Business Flex Fund for Technical Assistance Providers – Small Business Flex Fund
The National Development Council (NDC), Washington State Department of Commerce, Connect2Capital and Calvert Impact Capital have partnered to establish the Small Business Flex Fund to support long-term business recovery across the State of Washington. Interested organizations must express interest by May 17, 2021. Click here for details.
No-Cost Accountant Services Available to Washington Businesses with 100 Employees or Fewer – Seattle Metro Chamber
The Seattle Metro Chamber’s REACH Program and Business Health Trust are sponsoring accounting consulting services for small businesses to help employers navigate PPP, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and Employee Retention Tax Credits. CPA assistance is available to Washington businesses with 100 employees or fewer. E-mail Leigh ([email protected]) to get connected with an accountant at Clark Nuber.
Updates to PPP Loan Forgiveness Instructions – Small Business Development Center
Join us and the U.S. Small Business Administration to review the new coronavirus relief bill updates to the loan forgiveness application and related instructions. Topics covered include: PPP basic forgiveness application information, simplified process for PPP loans under $150,000, effect of the EIDL Advance, retro-active elements of the new legislation, etc. Register here: May 14, 10 AM | May 28, 10 AM
Restaurant Revitalization Fund Info – Small Business Development Center
This webinar will provide information about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund portion of the American Rescue Plan Act within the U.S. Small Business Administration. The final rules and application are expected in a few weeks. Topics covered include: eligibility, restrictions, grant amounts, grant award priority, use of funds, etc. Register here:
May 3, 9 AM | May 5, 9 AM | May 19, 2 PM
Please join Washington PTAC in wishing the “Beta” in Beta.Sam.Gov a fond farewell! That’s right, “Beta” is going away and the end of this month at which point SAM.gov will fully merge with Beta.Sam.Gov. Why does this matter?
The sharks are out! Watch for scammers who want to sell you SAM registration. The official site is free. If you get stuck your local PTAC can assist.
Here are a few free webinars where you can learn more about SAM.gov:
> Washington PTAC will be hosting a workshop on the updated platform functions June 9, 11:00 a.m. PDT. Click here to register.
> GSA: In preparation for the upcoming integration of SAM.gov, you are invited to participate in the next Integrated Award Environment online Stakeholder Forum on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT. Register here.
The Port of Seattle continued its investment in an equitable recovery today announcing a new accelerator for women- and minority-owned small businesses looking to innovate and grow. The Port’s first-ever PortGen Accelerator begins accepting applications for this intensive two-month business development program today. Businesses accepted into this inaugural cohort will access mentorship and programming from the Seattle entrepreneurship community and increase their contracting opportunities from the Port.
Applications for the PortGen Accelerator are open through May 15. Interested applicants may select this link to learn more about the accelerator and apply for the 2021 opportunity.
System for Award Management entity registration training WEBINAR. Providing step by step guidance on registering your entity, be it a business, individual, or organization, in the System for Award Management, also known as SAM.gov for Federal Assistance Awards Only.
Click here to watch the training provided by SBA.gov