DUNS is being replaced by Unique Entity Identifiers

As you may be aware, all entities wanting to register to do business with the federal government must first obtain a DUNS number.  The DUNS number is the current unique identifier that the government uses to verify your entity. On April 4, 2022, the U.S. government will switch from using the DUNS number to a new Unique Entity ID (SAM), also known as a UEI.
Click the link below for a release from GSA Integrated Award Environment to help answer questions about the change:
What do I need to know about the new Unique Entity ID in SAM.gov?

Sources: Washington PTAC, GSA

Washington MBDA Business Center: COVID-19 Business Information & Resources

See the following news and information compiled by Washington MBDA Business Center related to COVID-19 business resources. You can also follow us on our Facebook page for more updates.
Last update: October 21, 2021

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$10,000 Grant Available for 100 Businesses in King and Pierce Counties – Comcast RISE
Comcast announced that starting October 1st, small businesses owned by people of color in King and Pierce Counties, may apply for a $10,000 grant from the Comcast RISE Investment Fund. Comcast will award $1 million in grants to 100 eligible businesses in these two counties, as well as technology and marketing resources to eligible businesses statewide. Beginning on October 1, and through October 14, eligible businesses can apply for Comcast RISE monetary grants, and, or marketing and technology Services at www.ComcastRISE.com. Winners will be notified in November. 

New Enhancements to SBA COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) ProgramSmall Business Administration
Key changes include the following: 1) Increasing the COVID EIDL Cap from $500,000 to $2 million. 2) Implementation of a Deferred Payment Period. 3) Establishment of a 30-Day Exclusivity Window 4) Expansion of Eligible Use of Funds. 5) Simplification of affiliation requirements. Read full SBA Seattle Bulletin here.


October 28: Tips for SBA’s COVID EIDL Reconsideration Process, 10 AM PDT  – Small Business Administration
Tips and guidance to help navigate the reconsideration process following a decline or withdrawal. Join Michelle Genovese, a former loan officer for the Office of Disaster Assistance, and the Seattle District Office Marketing and Outreach team to learn the steps on how to request a reconsideration. Topics will include: Unverifiable information; Documentation to provide.

October 6 – November 17: Profit Mastery: COVID-19 Edition 2021– Small Business Development Center
This course will meet once/week for a total of seven weeks (10/6-11/17). All instructional meetings will take place on Wednesdays at 9:00am via Zoom with virtual modules completed by participants at your own pace. A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants prior to the first meeting. More information regarding the format and content of the course can be viewed here, in a message from Profit Mastery Founder and CEO, Steve LeFever. Read More

Vice President Harris Joins Administrator Guzman for a Conversation With Small Business Owners

In case you missed it! On July 29, 2021, Vice President Kamala Harris and Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman joined small business owners from across the country as part of the Getting Back on Track Webinar Series by Small Business Administration (SBA) to discuss government resources and tools that are helping small business owners recover from the pandemic and build back better.

Watch video here

City of Tacoma Awarded $2 Million Federal MBDA Business Center Program Grant

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Chair of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on July 8th announced that MBDA Tacoma received a $2 million award to support their operations for the next five years. The announcement came during a roundtable discussion with minority-owned small business leaders and entrepreneurs from across Washington who shared their own successful experiences with the Center.

The MBDA-Tacoma Business Center and Business Impact Northwest hosted the meeting which included Senator Cantwell, Commerce Secretary Raimondo, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards and a panel of minority-owned firms. CMBDA clients voiced their experiences and feedback about the importance of MBDA’s role in assisting minority-owned businesses and federal support for the agency.Read More

Washington Small Business Flex Fund – Washington 

Launched on June 30th, the Small Business Flex Fund, developed in response to COVID-19, is designed to get financial support into the hands of Washington State’s smallest businesses and nonprofits.

To be eligible to apply, small businesses and nonprofits must employ 50 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, have annual revenues of less than $3 million per year, and experience a direct economic disruption as a result of COVID-19. 

Details below:

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Amazon commits $150 million to empower Black entrepreneurs

MBDA is proud to collaborate with Amazon on its Black Business Accelerator.
Amazon is launching the Black Business Accelerator (BBA) to help build sustainable equity and growth for Black-owned businesses. The initiative—which explicitly targets barriers to access, opportunity, and advancement created by systemic racism across America—was created in partnership with Amazon’s Black Employee Network and a coalition of strategic partners.

See available benefits below.Read More

Pierce County Businesses – Apply for Grant for Marketing Success

The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB) is partnering with Impact Washington to help businesses recover and rebound from the effects of the pandemic. We are pleased to launch a new technical assistance program to fund and seat (5) five Pierce County businesses in “Marketing for Success” cohort program starting this Summer to access expert-level consulting assistance with Curt Anderson, Co-Founder of B2btail.com.
Applications will be accepted until Sunday, May 23, 2021, 11:00 PM PDT. See link below.

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Beta.Sam.Gov Transitioning to SAM.gov – PTAC Update

Please join Washington PTAC in wishing the “Beta” in Beta.Sam.Gov a fond farewell!  That’s right, “Beta” is going away and the end of this month at which point SAM.gov will fully merge with Beta.Sam.Gov. Why does this matter?

  1. After May 24, the place where you register to do business with the government will be the same as the place you find opportunities and award notices.
  2. A “refreshed” design of Beta.Sam.Gov has already occurred. They’ve also enhanced the searching – now the Place of Performance is a defaulted field AND you can search multiple states!
  3. Anyone will still be able to do basic searches, but to access important functions like saved searches, registration status check, and interested vendors, users must be logged in and their role with the entity must be defined.

The sharks are out! Watch for scammers who want to sell you SAM registration. The official site is free. If you get stuck your local PTAC can assist.

Here are a few free webinars where you can learn more about SAM.gov:

> Washington PTAC will be hosting a workshop on the updated platform functions June 9, 11:00 a.m. PDT. Click here to register.

> GSA: In preparation for the upcoming integration of SAM.gov, you are invited to participate in the next Integrated Award Environment online Stakeholder Forum on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT. Register here.

Port Advances Equitable Recovery with Women, Minority Owned Small Business Accelerator

The Port of Seattle continued its investment in an equitable recovery today announcing a new accelerator for women- and minority-owned small businesses looking to innovate and grow. The Port’s first-ever PortGen Accelerator begins accepting applications for this intensive two-month business development program today. Businesses accepted into this inaugural cohort will access mentorship and programming from the Seattle entrepreneurship community and increase their contracting opportunities from the Port.

Applications for the PortGen Accelerator are open through May 15. Interested applicants may select this link to learn more about the accelerator and apply for the 2021 opportunity.

Apply here.

Read more about this new program here.

Small Business Basic Requirements

Your small business must meet some basic requirements before you can compete for government contracts. See following criteria to learn about requirements:

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