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
Targeted EIDL Advance and Supplemental Targeted Advance – Small 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, 2021 – Impact 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.
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 PDT – Tacoma-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.
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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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?
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.
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.