December is National Write a Business Plan Month [SBA]

From U.S. Small Business Administration Newsletter:

The pandemic is impacting small businesses across America. National Write a Business Plan Month is a good reminder to review your business plan and make any necessary adjustments.
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Article: Why December is a Great Time to Review Your Business Plan – Bridget Weston Pollack  

Did you know small businesses impacted by the pandemic may qualify for tax credits and other relief? Find out what options are available.
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Reminder! If you are a small businesses, nonprofit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).
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Are you looking to set up an e-commerce platform and grow international sales? Join the SBA on Tuesday, December 15 at 11:00 AM PST for a webinar to learn how to apply for up to $10,000 in grant money to help make it happen.
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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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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: March 4, 2021

Latest Updates:

Four Things to Know about PPP This WeekSBA Newsletter, March 4, 2021
1. There’s a new calculation for sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals.  2. PPP eligibility is expanded.  3. Use of Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is clarified.  4. The 14-day exclusive PPP loan application period ends March 9, 2021. Read the Newsletter for full information.

Biden Administration takes Steps to Promote Equitable Access to SBA ReliefSmall Business Administration
On Monday, February 22nd, The Biden-Harris Administration and the SBA announced steps the agency is taking with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses. In order to reach the smallest businesses, SBA will offer PPP loans to businesses with fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors only from Wednesday, February 24 through Wednesday, March 10, 2021. President Biden has also announced additional program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable. Read more here.


Webinar Series: PPP Updates for Self-Employed and Small Businesses with fewer than 20 employeesSmall Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration has some key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which will be available for a limited amount of time to ensure America’s smallest businesses get exclusive access. If you are a small business owner with fewer than 20 employees, or are self-employed; there is new information for you. Join SBA for a series of webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Public Private Strategies Institute, & other stakeholders to hear about:

  • – What steps you can take now to take advantage of this special opportunity, which closes at 2:00 P.M. PST, Tuesday, March 9th, 2021.
  • – Additional changes and recent policy announcements made by Biden-Harris Administration
  • – Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership


March 10: COVID-19 BUSINESS INFO SERIES Webinar, Wednesdays 11am – 12pm PSTTacoma-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.

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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

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

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