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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: May 13, 2021

Latest Updates:

Small Business Flex Fund for Technical Assistance ProvidersSmall 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 FewerSeattle 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.

Webinars/Events:

Updates to PPP Loan Forgiveness InstructionsSmall 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 InfoSmall 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


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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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SAM.gov Entity Registration Training

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


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