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4 Resources To Help You Create a Safe Workplace

June is National Safety Month, and Joshlyn Ross, a contributing writer to SBA, reminds businesses asks this question:
When was the last time you’ve revisited your workplace safety plan? Not only is it the law, but it also can ensure that you and your employees are always safe.

In honor of National Safety Month, the SBA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) encourage you to follow these four tips to create a safe workplace for yourself and your employees.

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Contractor Training

New Training Requirement for Businesses

Beginning July 1, 2019, all businesses are required to have training before bidding and/or performing work on public works projects. In 2018, the legislature passed ESSHB 1673 (app.leg.wa.gov) adding this training requirement to the responsible bidder criteria in RCW 39.04.350 (app.leg.wa.gov).

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Department of Commerce Launches “ScaleUp” Program to help small businesses grow.

OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Thurston Economic Development Council’s Center for Business Innovation, has launched ScaleUp, a new program designed to help established small businesses achieve financial mastery, operational efficiency and marketing expertise necessary to expand.

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SBA – National Small Business Week – Virtual Conference

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host a free, 2-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. The conference will take place Tuesday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 8. Registration is free to the public.

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NMSDC Leadership Awards

Enjoy the moment when NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne Trimble telephoned Lance Hyde of EQT to tell him he is the winner of the 2019 NMSDC Award for Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year, to be presented at the Leadership Awards Gala on the evening of May 16 at the Midtown New York Hilton.

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Change of Website for WEBS

Washington State’s Electronic Business Solutions (WEBS): Due to a system failure, the Washington Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) hyperlink address has been updated to: https://pr-webs-customer.des.wa.gov/. Please update any favorites or bookmarks you may have created. The old hyperlink address will not redirect to the new location. Technicians are working on restoring complete functionality to the application. If you experience any issues with WEBS, please contact WebsCustomerService@des.wa.gov. Questions? If you have any questions please contact the WEBS Customer Services Line at (360) 902-7400 or by email at WebsCustomerService@des.wa.gov.


SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative

Emerging Leaders Initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.  This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. It also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, local leaders, and the financial community.

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Rep. McNerney Leads Bipartisan Effort to Protect Minority Business Development Agency

Washington, DC – In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Congressman Jerry McNerney has introduced bipartisan legislation to preserve this critical agency. H.R. 1432 would permanently authorize MBDA, which was created for “the establishment, preservation, and strengthening of minority business enterprise.”

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Turner – Outreach Event for Sub Bids of Birney Elementary Build

Turner Construction is holding three separate outreach events for their build of Birney Elementary in Tacoma. 

Dates are as follows:
Outreach #1: 2/25/2019 – Birney Elementary School – 4:00p-5:00p
Outreach #2: 2/27/2019 – Turner Construction – 8:00a-9:30a
Outreach #3 3/1/2019 – Tacoma Municipal Building – 10:00a-11:30a
***Update: See Outreach Presentation Here

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New Arena at Seattle Center Subcontractor Outreach Event (Mortenson)

Redevelopment of the New Arena at Seattle Center will transform a facility built originally for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair into a world class,
state-of-the-art City jewel and destination. Located in the heart of Seattle’s Uptown Neighborhood, the new venue will offer a truly unique and
intimate experience for NHL, NBA, WNBA Seattle Storm, concerts and other entertainment events, while preserving the historic nature of Seattle
Center and its surroundings.

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