The Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule is Back! DOL to Hold Public Listening Sessions

Department of Labor has announced it would release a proposed rule on the white collar overtime exemption in January 2019, and will hold public listening sessions on this rule in September.  A listening session is scheduled in Seattle on September 11, 2018.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), most workers are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay for hours worked over 40 hours. However, there is a “white collar” exemption in the FLSA for certain executive, administrative and professional employees; qualifying for this exemption requires that these employees earn no less than a standard salary threshold and other criteria.

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Meet OMWBE’s New Director. Certification to Assist Minority Businesses.

Meet Lisa van der Lugt — new Director of Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprise (OMWBE), now in her second month in the position — focused to help minority-owned businesses prosper through the program’s certification.  OMWBE’s recent newsletter includes two examples of minority businesses (Del Sol, Inc. and Signs Now) speaking of their experience in working with OMWBE and the value the certifications provided to their companies.

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Small Business Night with the Mariners

Ready to hit a home run for your small business? You have a team of all-star business experts ready to coach you to a win.

The SBA will provide information and resources at Small Business Night at the Seattle Mariners game Tuesday, Sept. 25. This will be a great opportunity for your small business to access information and join the celebration of small business. Your organization’s name could even appear on the scoreboard.

All small businesses, supporting organizations and fans of small business are welcome to attend. Look for the SBA information table located on the concourse level of section 184.

Contracting Opportunities with Waterfront Seattle Project

Construction of components of the Waterfront Seattle Program began in late 2017 and will continue through 2024. Many contracting opportunities are available as a part of this work.

For current and upcoming contracting opportunities, please visit the Upcoming Contracting Opportunities page on Waterfront Seattle website.  The page will be updated regularly with upcoming contracting opportunities and events. All solicitations will be posted on the City of Seattle’s eBid Exchange website.

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Top 30 Tacoma Blogs, News Websites & Newsletters in 2018

MBDA Tacoma Business Center is excited to have been selected as one of 30 top Tacoma blogs by Feedspot!  It’s an honor and we are excited to provide technical assistance and strategic consulting to ethnic minority-owned businesses in the region. Check out the Top 30 Tacoma blogs here.



BOOST Construction Management Accelerator Program (Seattle)

Skanska’s BOOST Program is designed to teach MWBE contractors how to overcome challenges to successfully work with large prime contractors. Program classes are scheduled to meet in Seattle on Thursdays over a 12-week period September 20 thru December 6, 2018. There is no cost to class participants.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the SBA

Billions of dollars in small business loans and government contracts, and millions of new jobs later, the Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to play a vital role in spurring economic development and growth, all in the span of 65 years of its existence. In his article, Jeremy Field, SBA Regional Administrator of Pacific Northwest, celebrates the innovation and pioneering of small businesses in the Northwest, and SBA’s contribution to help their success. SBA continues to connect small businesses with the resources needed at various stages of the business lifecycle. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the SBA:

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Free Training for Veterans and Active Duty Military, LaunchLab Online: Free 10-mission, 20-week Course on Building a Business

Bunker Labs is hosting a 20-week online course for active duty military and veterans to learn how to start a business.  This is a great opportunity to learn how to become a successful entrepreneur.  Applications are open now – first meeting is on June 11, 2018.  Bunker Labs provided an overview of the topics and format of the training.

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How Personal and Business Credit Differ – Four Key Differences

On behalf of SBA, Marco Carbajo the founder of the Business Credit Insiders Circle has written a guide for business owners to maximize their company’s true financing potential through building your small business credit. Through an understanding between the difference between personal and business credit Carbajo has identified four key differences to help businesses establish their own unique credit identity.Read More

NM MSDC Program of the Year

MBDA-Tacoma Business Center Named Public Agency of the Year!

Tacoma, Wash. — The City of Tacoma’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center has been named Public Agency of the Year by the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC).
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