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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: September 22, 2020

Grants to Support Small Businesses in King County Impacted by the COVID-19 PandemicSeattle Metro Chamber
The Seattle Metro Chamber, which serves as the King County Associate Development organization, is working to ensure that $580,000 in federal funding reaches king County small businesses. This is part of the $10 million that Washington state received for small business support from the federal CARES Act. Awards of $5,000, $7,500 or $10,000 are available to small businesses and 501 (c)(6) non-profit business service organizations within King County. Apply between Sep. 14-28. See webpage for details and business eligibility.

Pierce County COVID-19 Commercial Rent and Mortgage Payment Assistance ProgramPierce County Economic Development
The Commercial Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program has been expanded to include all businesses that have been significantly impacted by the pandemic, and the monthly rent/maximum grant amount has been increased. Get three months of your commercial rent or mortgage paid. Receive up to $8,000 a month with a total grant maximum of $24,000. Applications are due by October 2nd for this round of funding. Click here for more information and to apply.

September 23: 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.

Working Washington Small Business Emeregency Grant ProgramWashington State Department of Commerce
WA Commerce’s partner local economic development organizations (based in all 39 counties) are reviewing applications from their communities and referring to the state for approval. Select your local economic development organization from this list to visit their page and find out how to apply for the business grant.

$5,000 Grant to Back Black BusinessesCoalition to Back Black Businesses
The Coalition to Back Black Businesses is a multi-year initiative to support Black small business owners and the communities they serve as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and chart a path forward. Applications are due September 21st. From 2020 through 2023, they will distribute $5,000 grants to more than 280 applicants each fall.  Learn about eligibility and how to apply here.

EDB Vitality Grant for Pierce County Community Organization & Small Businesses Economic Development Board
Launching on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the Economic Development Board Vitality Grant, will open applications to Pierce County small businesses.  The window for accepting applications is from 10AM PDT Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – 5PM PDT Sunday, September 20, 2020. In total $580,250 in CARES Act dollars have been allocated to this program, with $90,250 going to community organizations and $490,000 available for small businesses through $5,000 grants. View grant page for more information.Read More


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


Why Africa? Export Webinar Series by U.S. Commercial Service

Africa is home to six of the fastest growing economies in the world with a rapidly growing middle class.  The continent holds great opportunities for U.S. innovative products and proven solutions.

Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a four part Why Africa? webinar series to learn why U.S. exporters should look to Africa for their next market opportunity.

See the webinar series below:Read More


UW Ascend – COVID-19 Recovery to Sustainable Growth Playbook

The University of Washington Foster School of Business at has developed insights and recommendations to help small businesses recover from COVID-19 stronger. The playbook contains info on many different industries.Read More


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