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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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Duns is Done

It is actually happening – the federal government starts the transition away from using Dun & Bradstreet as their provider for unique identifier numbers this summer. The new vendor will be Ernst and Young, who, by December 2020 will be providing entities with their unique identifier number which will be used for dealing with the federal government.

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SBA Small Business Summer School

Build your summer smarts this summer! School is almost out for the summer, but the SBA encourages you to keep learning with online summer school for your small business. Topics include: legal requirements for small business, finding and attracting investors, marketing 101, government contract proposals, and financing options.

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Turner School of Construction Management

The FREE Turner School of Construction Management for Small, Disadvantaged, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, and Veteran-Owned Businesses is one of the most prestigious education and community outreach programs in the commercial construction industry.

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4 Resources To Help You Create a Safe Workplace

June is National Safety Month, and Joshlyn Ross, a contributing writer to SBA, reminds businesses asks this question:
When was the last time you’ve revisited your workplace safety plan? Not only is it the law, but it also can ensure that you and your employees are always safe.

In honor of National Safety Month, the SBA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) encourage you to follow these four tips to create a safe workplace for yourself and your employees.

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Contractor Training

New Training Requirement for Businesses

Beginning July 1, 2019, all businesses are required to have training before bidding and/or performing work on public works projects. In 2018, the legislature passed ESSHB 1673 (app.leg.wa.gov) adding this training requirement to the responsible bidder criteria in RCW 39.04.350 (app.leg.wa.gov).

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Department of Commerce Launches “ScaleUp” Program to help small businesses grow.

OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Thurston Economic Development Council’s Center for Business Innovation, has launched ScaleUp, a new program designed to help established small businesses achieve financial mastery, operational efficiency and marketing expertise necessary to expand.

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SBA – National Small Business Week – Virtual Conference

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host a free, 2-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. The conference will take place Tuesday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 8. Registration is free to the public.

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NMSDC Leadership Awards

Enjoy the moment when NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne Trimble telephoned Lance Hyde of EQT to tell him he is the winner of the 2019 NMSDC Award for Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year, to be presented at the Leadership Awards Gala on the evening of May 16 at the Midtown New York Hilton.

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Change of Website for WEBS

Washington State’s Electronic Business Solutions (WEBS): Due to a system failure, the Washington Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) hyperlink address has been updated to: https://pr-webs-customer.des.wa.gov/. Please update any favorites or bookmarks you may have created. The old hyperlink address will not redirect to the new location. Technicians are working on restoring complete functionality to the application. If you experience any issues with WEBS, please contact WebsCustomerService@des.wa.gov. Questions? If you have any questions please contact the WEBS Customer Services Line at (360) 902-7400 or by email at WebsCustomerService@des.wa.gov.


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