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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: October 29, 2020

Six Things About PPP Loan Forgiveness Small Businesses Should KnowU.S. Small Business Administration
Quick list of tips and facts about Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness.

November 2: COVID-19 BUSINESS INFO SERIES Webinar, 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.

City CARES Act Funds for Utility Bill Assistance Available to Tacoma Small Businesses Tacoma Public Utilities
Tacoma Public Utilities launched a new utility bill assistance relief program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Small businesses operating from a brick and mortar building within the city limits of Tacoma with an open TPU account and 50 or less employees could qualify for TPU’s new utility bill payment assistance program. Apply by November 6th. Click here for more information.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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