City of Tacoma Proclaims State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

MBDA-Tacoma Business Center COVID-19 response!
The MBDA-Tacoma Business Center is operated by the City of Tacoma and will follow the health guidance and directives of the jurisdiction of the State of Washington and the City of Tacoma.

Tacoma City Manager Elizabeth Pauli and Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards proclaimed a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in accordance with the Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 1.10. The proclamation of emergency will be confirmed by the City Council at the earliest practicable time.

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Pierce Transit Bus Rapid Transit Project FAQ

Pierce Transit, along with its planning partners, are in the final stages of planning an improved service called Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along a 14.4-mile corridor on Pacific Avenue/State Route 7 between downtown Tacoma and Spanaway.
Read on for BRT project details and Frequently Asked Questions.

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SBA – 10 FAQs of 2019

The US Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy provided a reflection of the top 10 most frequently asked questions of 2019. In a recent newsletter, they reviewed the current economic climate that makes today one of the best times to start a new business.

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Gov. Jay Inslee: Referendum 88, Committed to Continue Efforts

Although Referendum 88 was not successful, Governor Jay Inslee remains “deeply committed to continue efforts that address opportunity for all Washingtonians consistent with current law. ” Read Inslees’s full statement here.

Notice of Sound Transit Amended DBE Goal for Federal Fiscal Year 2020-2022

Sound Transit, the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, hereby gives notice pursuant to 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26, issued by the U. S. Department of Transportation, that Sound Transit will set the following DBE utilization goal for Federal Fiscal Years 2020 – 2022.

Federal Transit Administration
Federally Assisted Projects: 15.3%

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King County SCS Directory Update

King County’s SCS directory is now part of the new Diversity Compliance and Management System (DCMS.) The CARTS SCS Directory will no longer be updated, please adjust your bookmarks and link to the new address www.kingcounty.diversitycompliance.com.

PTAC Moving from FedBizOpps to Beta.Sam.Gov

On November 8th, 2019 PTAC will be migrating from FedBizOpps to Beta.Sam.Gov. Information on federal government opportunities, award notices and special event notices will now be available on Beta.Sam.Gov.

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Looking for Port of Seattle Opportunities? Check out VendorConnect!

VendorConnect is the new portal to view Port of Seattle Opportunities. Procurement and contract opportunities for construction, consulting, and goods and services. This one stop location can be used for registering for small works (construction less than $300,000), consulting services, and goods and services rosters.

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National PTAC Day

The Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) helps businesses through government-contracting marketplace. Their mission is to increase the number of government contracts awarded to Washington businesses. They provide no cost one-on-one technical assistance.

Washington State PTAC will be celebrating National PTAC Day on September 18, 2019. Please see details below from Washington PTAC to learn about the special webinars coming up in September:

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2019 Washington Small Business Fair

Calling all current and aspiring small business owners:

Join the SBA Seattle District Office and other small business organizations on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the free annual Washington Small Business Fair — also known as Biz Fair— to learn from the experts how to start or grow a successful business. Entering its 23rd year, Biz Fair is the longest running all government and non-profit-run small business fair in Washington state.

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