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Omnibus Funding bill Creates Additional Opportunities for Small Businesses in Transportation

The USDOT’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)has recently released the following newsletter regarding the Omnibus Funding Bill updating our nation’s infrastructure spending by state and local governments.

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University of Washington Offers Free Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) is an innovative clinic serving entrepreneurs throughout the Pacific Northwest. The ELC teams law and business students with pro bono attorneys and business advisors. Together they provide critical early stage legal and business counseling to technology entrepreneurs, small business owners, social entrepreneurs, nonprofits and University of Washington and Institute for Translational Health Sciences faculty researchers.

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5 Key Ingredients in Creating a Small Business Website

Marco Carbajo, guest blogger for the Small Business Administration (SBA), explains the necessities of being able to have a successful business website. Creating a business website is a very valuable and reliable asset, especially since 78% of adult Americans use the internet. It’s an easy way to establish credibility and also market your business. Here are 5 essential ingredients to creating your business website.Read More


The Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule is Back! DOL to Hold Public Listening Sessions

Department of Labor has announced it would release a proposed rule on the white collar overtime exemption in January 2019, and will hold public listening sessions on this rule in September.  A listening session is scheduled in Seattle on September 11, 2018.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), most workers are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay for hours worked over 40 hours. However, there is a “white collar” exemption in the FLSA for certain executive, administrative and professional employees; qualifying for this exemption requires that these employees earn no less than a standard salary threshold and other criteria.

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Meet OMWBE’s New Director. Certification to Assist Minority Businesses.

Meet Lisa van der Lugt — new Director of Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprise (OMWBE), now in her second month in the position — focused to help minority-owned businesses prosper through the program’s certification.  OMWBE’s recent newsletter includes two examples of minority businesses (Del Sol, Inc. and Signs Now) speaking of their experience in working with OMWBE and the value the certifications provided to their companies.

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Small Business Night with the Mariners

Ready to hit a home run for your small business? You have a team of all-star business experts ready to coach you to a win.

The SBA will provide information and resources at Small Business Night at the Seattle Mariners game Tuesday, Sept. 25. This will be a great opportunity for your small business to access information and join the celebration of small business. Your organization’s name could even appear on the scoreboard.

All small businesses, supporting organizations and fans of small business are welcome to attend. Look for the SBA information table located on the concourse level of section 184.


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