Upcoming Events, Training, Conferences, and Summits

Seattle SBA to Co-Host Business Class in Chinese Language @ Hing Hay Coworks Community Learning Space
Mar 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office will co-host their first Chinese language business class at the Hing Hay Coworks Community Learning Space on Tuesday, March 28 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. The class subject is “Grow Your Small Business” and specifically targets Cantonese-speaking restaurant owners in the International District/Chinatown area, but it is open to all small businesses looking for strategies and resources to grow.

Seattle’s International District/Chinatown is home to a vibrant hub of small businesses who bring international flavor to Seattle from all over the world. According to, 22 percent of residents in that neighborhood speak Chinese in their homes.

“Grow Your Small Business” is a product of the collaboration between the SBA, Hing Hay Coworks, the City of Seattle’s Restaurant Success Program, and a multilingual business mentor from SBA resource partner SCORE.

“Our office is proud to offer this Cantonese language business class to the residents of the International District,” said SBA District Director Kerrie Hurd. “This is a great opportunity to serve small businesses we have not previously been able to reach with our free business programming.”

Advanced registration is encouraged and space is limited, attendees may register at: For a full list of free business programming offered in the Greater Seattle area by the SBA Seattle District office, please visit                                                              

About the SBA Seattle District Office:

The SBA Seattle District serves Washington state and northern Idaho with office locations in Seattle and Spokane. Today’s SBA stands for more than Small Business Administration; it stands for Smart, Bold and Accessible. SBA staff provides resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – Counseling, Capital and Contracting. Visit for localized information including resource partners, lenders, events and workshops, success stories, news and updates, and other information aimed to help business start, grow and succeed.

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Contact: Lisa White – (206) 553-7050


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NAMC – National Association of Minority Contractors of Washington Monthly Meeting @ Tukwila Community Center, Room Art A
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

NAMC – National Association of Minority Contractors of Washington


Location: Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Avenue South
Room – Art “A”
Tukwila, WA 98168

Time: 6:00 P.M.

Promoting individual prosperity of minority builders, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and manufacturers of materials and equipment used in the construction industry


The National Association of Minority Contractors of Washington (NAMC of WA.) is a 501 C (6) Nonprofit trade association that was established in 2010 to address the needs and concerns of minority contractors. While membership is open to people of all races and ethnic backgrounds, the organization’s mandate, “Building Bridges – Crossing Barriers,” focuses on construction industry concerns common to African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.

University of Washington Supplier Orientation @ Seattle and Tacoma Campuses (see registration)
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Title: University of Washington Supplier Orientation

The University of Washington (UW) is pleased to offer monthly orientations for suppliers interested in doing business with the University and the State of Washington. Sessions will be held on the Seattle and Tacoma Attendees will receive information about the University and State procurement processes.

Each session is limited to 15 attendees and will include a short presentation and an opportunity to network with other suppliers and staff from UW Procurement Services, UW Business Diversity, UW Foster School Consulting and Business Development and State Department of Enterprise Services (DES).

Please register for a session convenient for you, if this general overview seems to be a good fit for you. The registration includes a short survey that will provide us information about your business so we can address the potential business opportunities for your company.

Register at:

All orientations are scheduled 1:00pm – 2:30pm and are held on the Seattle and Tacoma campuses. Location details are included in the registration form.


April 11, 2017 (register here)

May 16, 2017 (register here)

June 21, 2017 (register here)


2017 Regional Contracting Forum @ Washington State Convention Center
Apr 12 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

2017 Regional Contracting Forum is Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 8:00 am to 3:30pm at the Washington State Convention Center.  This full day networking event is for business owners and representatives to learn about upcoming contracting opportunities and how to do business with Local, State, and Federal government agencies in the Puget Sound region.

Refer to the flyer for details.  Visit the website site for additional information and to register.

We look forward to your attendance at the Regional Contracting Forum.

Introduce your business to the Region’s largest government entities: King County, Port of Seattle, University of Washington, Sound Transit, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Owned Business Enterprises, Port of Tacoma, City of Seattle and others. Attendees have the opportunity to meet government contracting representatives and network with contractors, consultants, and suppliers all at one event.

 Register online:

AUBURN – Tools for Starting a Business @ Auburn WorkSource
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has helped local businesses start, grow and succeed. Attend this workshop to learn more about the free resources the SBA provides in the areas of counseling and professional development, access to capital, and government contracting. This is a great workshop for people taking advantage of Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP).

Attention Business Owners – Upcoming PortGen Workshop @ Port of Seattle Headquarters, Commission Chambers
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Attention Business Owners
Mark your calendars for the Upcoming PortGen Workshop

Date: April 13, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Location: Port of Seattle 2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle Washington 98121- Room Commission Chambers
(Parking will be validated at the “Bell Street Parking Garage” on Wall Street)

Agenda Highlights:
Come meet staff members of the Port of Seattle, Central Procurement and Small Business Team for an informational session on how to do business with the Port of Seattle as it relates to Consulting and Small Works Construction contracting. Small business attendees will gain an understanding of upcoming solicitations, procurement opportunities, and have the opportunity to network with relevant decision makers of the Port.

Topics Include:
➢ RFP Development Training

➢ Small Works Construction: Training & Opportunities

➢ Consulting: IAF Special Testing and Inspection Services

➢ Consulting: Construction Safety Monitoring Services

Space is limited therefore please RSVP as soon as possible by return email to if you have questions please contact
Port of Seattle, Small and Disadvantage Business Coordinator (206) 787-3455

Small Business Taxes & Bookkeeping for the Small Business Owner – 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month @ 4th & Battery Building, Suite 450
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Small Business Taxes & Bookkeeping for the Small Business Owner – 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month

SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through their “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit   to access past webinars and additional preparedness tools.

Small Business Workshops – Seattle SBA Education and Training Center
Small Business Taxes & Bookkeeping for the Small Business Owner – 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month – 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about important information regarding your tax responsibilities as a small business owner. Topics covered:
*What taxes to pay and when they are due
*How to choose the right accountant and the right accounting software
*How to document expenses and activities
*How to take care of employee and contractor payroll taxes
*The difference between city, county, state, and federal taxation
*What the tax advantages are for the sole proprietor or for business entities in general

Workshops are held at the 4th & Battery Building – 2401 Fourth Avenue, Suite 450, Seattle
Please pre-register by calling 206-553-2664 or e-mail
SBA and SCORE also offer a variety of other workshops for small business owners – find out more here:

When Thu Dec 22, 2016 9am – 11am Pacific Time
Where 4th & Battery Building – 2401 Fourth Avenue, Suite 450, Seattle (map)


Washington Construction, Design and Entrepreneurs CDE Meeting @ Ex3 Ron Sandwith Teen Center
Apr 21 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am


Friday, April 21, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Optional networking from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The CDE meeting is held the third Friday of each month. Leaders from the private and public sectors come together to announce upcoming projects and network with the business community. The CDE works to promote the economic development of ethnic minorities, women and small businesses in the Puget Sound.

Sponsor of the Month: University of Washington

Public Hearing – proposed rule changes OMWBE @ Capitol Court Building, Room 135
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

OMWBE is proposing changes to rules regarding state certification and we welcome your input. The changes do not affect federal “DBE” certification    CR-102

Notice of Proposed Rule Changes

The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) is proposing changes to rules regarding state certification.

The OMWBE offers state and federal certification. The changes do not affect federal “DBE” certification.

We welcome your input.

Summary of Proposed Changes
Below are highlights of the proposed rule changes. Please see attached for more information and the text of the proposed rule changes.

• Eliminate the requirement that the original application and renewal forms are notarized. The notary requirement would be replaced by a signed declaration. The purpose of this change is to save applicants time and money.

• Add the same personal net worth limit as federal certification, which is that the primary owner’s personal net worth may not exceed $1.32 million. The purpose of this requirement is to verify the applicant is an economically disadvantaged individual as required by state rule.

• Require an applicant to wait 12 months before reapplying for certification if he or has been denied certification. This intent of this requirement is to prevent businesses from restructuring ownership and control for the sole purpose of certification. This does not prevent persons from reapplying earlier if they withdraw their application.


Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Have a great idea for a product or business? Not sure how to get started? Join Startup 425 and seasoned mentors for a series of workshops focused on bringing your idea to reality, from developing a business plan to crafting a financing and marketing strategy.


6:30P – 8:30P


450 110th Avenue Northeast

Bellevue, WA 98004



Questions? Contact Anthony Gill at the City of Bellevue Office of Economic Development at (425) 452-4114 or