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: June 21, 2021

Latest Updates:

Targeted EIDL Advance and Supplemental Targeted AdvanceSmall Business Administration
Applicants for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) may be eligible to receive up to $15,000 in funding from SBA that does not need to be repaid. These “advances” are similar to a grant, but without the typical requirements that come with a U.S. government grant.
See eligibility information and learn how to apply here.

Impact Washington Recovery Assistance for Small- and Medium-Sized Manufacturers Now Open Until September 24, 2021Impact Washington
Impact Washington is inviting Washington based US Small-and medium-sized manufacturers (SME’s) to apply for CARES Act Recovery Assistance funds. These funds provide services that directly support a manufacturer’s ability to recover from the coronavirus


Restaurant Revitalization Fund Info Webinars – WA 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: June 16, 2 PM | June 30, 9 AM

Updates to PPP Loan Forgiveness Instructions Webinars – WA Small Business Development Center 
These webinars will cover the new Coronavirus relief bill updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application and related instructions. Representatives from the SBA and the Washington State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will provide updates on the new PPP loan and loan forgiveness requirements. Select from following dates, each webinar occurring 10 AM – 12 PM PDT: June 11 | June 25 | July 9 | July 23

July 15: How to Pivot and Successfully Re-Emerge Your Business During COVID, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT– SBDC
President of Green River College Dr. Johnson will be detailing the process and strategies used in pivoting the organization of almost 17,000 students and approximately 900 staff in one day from in-person learning to online teaching amidst changing information that came with the COVID pandemic. Learn how she successfully accomplished this task and hear her insight on how to re-open and her vision of the “new normal”. Register here.

June 23: COVID-19 BUSINESS INFO SERIES Webinar, Wednesdays 11am – 12pm PDTTacoma-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 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.

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Amazon commits $150 million to empower Black entrepreneurs

MBDA is proud to collaborate with Amazon on its Black Business Accelerator.
Amazon is launching the Black Business Accelerator (BBA) to help build sustainable equity and growth for Black-owned businesses. The initiative—which explicitly targets barriers to access, opportunity, and advancement created by systemic racism across America—was created in partnership with Amazon’s Black Employee Network and a coalition of strategic partners.

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Pierce County Businesses – Apply for Grant for Marketing Success

The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB) is partnering with Impact Washington to help businesses recover and rebound from the effects of the pandemic. We are pleased to launch a new technical assistance program to fund and seat (5) five Pierce County businesses in “Marketing for Success” cohort program starting this Summer to access expert-level consulting assistance with Curt Anderson, Co-Founder of B2btail.com.
Applications will be accepted until Sunday, May 23, 2021, 11:00 PM PDT. See link below.

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Beta.Sam.Gov Transitioning to SAM.gov – PTAC Update

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?

  1. After May 24, the place where you register to do business with the government will be the same as the place you find opportunities and award notices.
  2. A “refreshed” design of Beta.Sam.Gov has already occurred. They’ve also enhanced the searching – now the Place of Performance is a defaulted field AND you can search multiple states!
  3. Anyone will still be able to do basic searches, but to access important functions like saved searches, registration status check, and interested vendors, users must be logged in and their role with the entity must be defined.

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.

Port Advances Equitable Recovery with Women, Minority Owned Small Business Accelerator

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.

Apply here.

Read more about this new program here.

Small Business Basic Requirements

Your small business must meet some basic requirements before you can compete for government contracts. See following criteria to learn about requirements:

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