Facebook Small Business Grants Program for Black-Owned Businesses

Facebook is dedicating over $40 million of their $100 million investment in the Black community in the US to ~10,000 U.S Black-owned businesses. This includes cash and ad credits to support Black-owned small businesses. The program is accepting applications until August 31st at 6pm Pacific Time.

Questions? Please contact [email protected]

Application website: https://www.facebook.com/blackownedbusinessgrants Read More

King County: Supplier Registration is Open in Our NEW System!

King County is retiring its procurement system and replacing it with a new and improved supplier registration and bid/proposal management system. Supplier registration is necessary to view solicitations and submit bids starting in Fall 2020. Message from King County Procurement Office:Read More

Small Business Webinar Series by National 8(a) Association

National 8(a) Association is holding a series of webinars to assist businesses noted webinars are available either as on-demand, or scheduled as live webinars on the noted dates. Follow this link and click on each title for full details, speaker information, and to register.

Event in August:
SBA Legal Changes & Enhancements in 2020
When: August 19, 2020, 11:00 AM PDT
What: Looking to compete for set-aside or sole source contracts in 2020? Bidding on a federal contract also means complying with laws and regulations unique to those doing business with the government. The past few months have seen multiple regulation implemented that pertain to WOSB, EDWOSB, and 8(a) companies.
Who Should Attend: Experienced contractors and anyone new to government contracting, business owners, Presidents, CEOs, COOs, VP’s of Business Development, business development professionals, contracting professionals, sales administrative assistants, marketing research analysts, everyone involved in growing business for your company
Register here.

Click here to see more webinars available from National 8(a) Association, powered by TargetGov.

National 8(a) Association is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide education and guidance for all aspiring, current and graduate 8(a) businesses. TargetGov is proud to be National 8(a) Associations Education Associate in presenting a series of monthly webinars all about 8(a).


2021-2023 Community Capital Facilities Building Communities Fund Grant

Application period closes Thursday, Aug. 27

The Building Communities Fund Grant awards state matching funds to nonprofit, community-based organizations to defray up to 25% or more of eligible capital costs to acquire, construct or rehabilitate nonresidential community and social service centers. There is no minimum or maximum grant award amount.Read More

Things to Know About SBA COVID-19 Emergency Loan Programs as of August 8, 2020

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

– The online application is  open for all eligible small businesses and agri-businesses

– SBA is continuing to process and fund applications, received approximately 10 million to date.

– The $20 Billion appropriated for the EIDL Advance (grant) of $1000 per employee up to $10,000 max has been exhausted.  By law, SBA can no longer disburse funds for this program. 

– SBA has now approved nearly 4 million EIDL loans.  Nearly all of them were approved in just the past couple weeks.  You will receive an email from SBA asking you to  login.  For security reasons, hover your curser over the email address to ensure its really from SBA

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)Read More

MBDA-Tacoma Business Center Launches CARES Act Program

MBDA-Tacoma Business Center Launches CARES Act Program
In response to the extraordinary challenges of the coronavirus, Tacoma MDBA- Business Center is offering additional support to small businesses. The MBDA-Tacoma Business Center is here to help small businesses navigate  and recover from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.See details below for more information.Read More

SBA Issues New Regulations for Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

Starting July 15, 2020, SBA will begin to implement changes consistent with the Small Business Act as amended in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. In addition to the certification requirement for firms seeking WOSB and EDWOSB set-aside contracts, the regulations detail certification options for applicants and require authorized third-party certifiers to notify applicants of their fees and the option to use SBA’s free online certification process.Read More

SBA Pacific NW Region: The USMCA went into effect July 1. Here’s what you need to know.

Why is this trade agreement important to small businesses in the Pacific Northwest?

Canada and Mexico are the U.S.’s largest trading partners. Plus, our region’s shared border and proximity to Canada make the impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) substantial to small firms in the Pacific Northwest. Consider this:Read More

WSDOT: Goals for under-represented firms established for federally funded projects

WSDOT to host virtual public meetings and teleconferences July 6, 8, and 10

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Transportation is proposing new overall goals for disadvantaged business participation on all federally funded projects and is accepting written comments on the proposals through Friday, July 24.Read More

Statement by MBDA National Deputy Director

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Martin Luther King Jr. (April 16, 1963)

The outrage of our national community about the brutal death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is real and legitimate.  We recognize the inexplicable pain caused by racism, bigotry and violence that affect minority citizens and their respective communities in this country.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) was established in 1969 as a result of social unrest much like what we are witnessing today.  MBDA remains committed to be a part of the solution.  MBDA stands in solidarity with the more than 11 million minority businesses and the thousands of local communities that play a pivotal role in the vibrant fabric of our nation and its economic success.  We are thankful for your leadership and partnership as we rise together to create lasting change.

– David J. Byrd
MBDA National Deputy Director

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