UPCOMING EVENTS

These events are designed to help small business owners who are just getting started, to help existing businesses navigate new waters during the public health crisis, and more. They are being provided free of cost by community partners unless otherwise specified, and will typically require an advance registration. These workshops may be offered on a variety of different platforms like Zoom, Skype, or Teams, which may require that you have access to that app on your device. Events marked with an asterisk (*) are being held in-person. Please read all registration information carefully.

Small Business Flex Fund Info | Tuesday, May 3rd | 1:00pm | FREE

The Washington State Small Business Flex Fund is a new loan program for the smallest Washington businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. 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.

Should you apply? What should you prepare if you decide to apply?

This webinar will provide information about the loan program and application process and help you prepare to apply.

Ready to Start a Business? | Thursday, May 5th | 11:00am | FREE

Are you looking to start up a business but have no experience running one? Do you have an idea you are excited about and want insight into how to get started? Join a Washington SBDC Certified Business Advisor to hear about the basics of starting a business.

Topics that will be covered:

    • Identify reasons for starting a business
    • Self analyze your readiness for running a business
    • Understand the conditions of running a business (ie possible long hours, stress management…)
    • Brick and mortar business vs consulting/online business and their different levels of risk.
    • Financial basics for starting a business

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Friday, May 6th | 10:00am-2:00pm | FREE

Are you a Tacoma or Pierce County entrepreneur or business owner? Looking for guidance and answers to questions about finances, funding, or general business questions?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday and 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Grow With A Pro – Taxes | Tuesday, May 10th | 9:00am | FREE

Whether you are in the idea phase or a growth phase in your business, we invite you to attend our weekly Grow with a Pro coffee chats. You will hear from Business Professionals from Umpqua Bank, Tax-u-Sign, and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 am Pacific Time, you will get to hear from one of these professionals as they chat about their area of expertise as it relates to current times and we will have an opportunity for a few of your non-confidential questions to get some answers. We’ll even be offering you opportunities to connect with other business owners through these morning coffee chats.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Tuesday, May 10th | 10:00am-2:00pm | FREE

Are you a Tacoma or Pierce County entrepreneur or business owner? Looking for guidance and answers to questions about finances, funding, or general business questions?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday and 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Small Business Cybersecurity Part 1 | Tuesday, May 10th | 1:00pm | FREE

Small businesses are under cyber and data-breach attacks more than ever given the current climate. Cyber attacks happen every day, and for a small business they can be very costly and cripple business operations. Having your systems and information compromised is not only a direct threat to your confidential data, it can also ruin your relationships with customers and cause legal vulnerability. It is imperative to learn how to boost your cyber defense systems. This series was developed to help small businesses be cyber safe.

Deep Dive into the Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR)

Tuesday, May 10th | 1:30pm | FREE

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Office of Small Business Programs offers monthly webinars to educate small businesses and others about DLA’s mission and opportunities to participate in our various supply chains. This month we will discuss “Deep Dive into the Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR).”

Explode Your Business by Getting Bigger Clients | Thursday, May 12th | 10:00am | FREE

Time is money for business owners, especially start-ups and solopreneur. That’s why it is important to know how to attract high-paying clients who will give you the largest turn around on your investment. In this valuable webinar we’ll show you how and where to find bigger, better and higher-paying clients and customers.

Additionally, you will learn how to:

  • Pitch to high-paying clients
  • Convince them to say yes
  • Land a high-paying client that will lead to more high-paying clients

How to Write a Business Plan | Thursday, May 12th | 11:00am | FREE

Do you want to start your own business? Are you wondering what steps you need for a successful start? Join us in this webinar to learn all about writing a business plan. Business plans are the blueprints of your business. Whether you need a loan or plan to self-finance, business plans should be on every start-up’s list to do. We will review topics included in standard business plans such as executive summary, business structure, management, marketing, and financials. You will come away from the webinar with solid ideas of how to get started on your business plan, including:

  • The information needed for a solid business plan
  • Why business plans are integral for a business loan
  • How a business plan will serve you no matter your industry

INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference | Thursday, May 12th | 11:00am-3:00pm

$25

The Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB) created the annual INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference for women-identifying business owners and leaders in our community to make connections, build their network, and gain insights and ideas to help their businesses grow. This event brings together inspiring women in business to show how they overcome the challenges they face in business, learn new skills, effectively communicate value to customers and bring innovation to their organization.

Use the Power of Story to Grow Your Business | Thursday, May 12th | 11:30am | FREE

If you’re like most businesses, you’re fed up with spending money on marketing that doesn’t work. If you knew what to do differently, you would—but you don’t, and so you feel stuck. Meanwhile, your sales are lagging. Your bottom line isn’t budging. And worst of all, you feel discouraged. Here’s the good news: It doesn’t have to be that way.

In this talk we’ll share seven simple marketing principles proven to engage customers and grow businesses. You’ll walk away knowing how to capture your customers’ attention and compel them to buy. Stop worrying about your marketing, and get back to winning in the marketplace.

Grow With A Pro – Insurance | Tuesday, May 17th | 9:00am | FREE

Whether you are in the idea phase or a growth phase in your business, we invite you to attend our weekly Grow with a Pro coffee chats. You will hear from Business Professionals from Umpqua Bank, Tax-u-Sign, and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 am Pacific Time, you will get to hear from one of these professionals as they chat about their area of expertise as it relates to current times and we will have an opportunity for a few of your non-confidential questions to get some answers. We’ll even be offering you opportunities to connect with other business owners through these morning coffee chats.

The Business Plan: Your Road Map to Success | Tuesday, May 17th | 10:00am | FREE

Thinking about starting a business? It all starts with a good plan. But what is a business plan? Why do you need one? What does it need to include? These are important questions that can help set you and your business up for success.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The necessary information for an effective Business Plan
  • Who will request to see the Business Plan
  • Why you need a well thought through Business Plan

Business Growth & Development | Tuesday, May 17th | 1:00pm | FREE

Could you use a boost to keep your business going and growing? This webinar is designed to give business owners hope and options to survive and thrive in challenging and normal times.

Topics include:

  • Cashflow management, forecasting, breakeven, and contribution margin
  • Funding & Capital Infusion including what you can do to prepare for a loan
  • Managing Debt
  • Turnaround strategies
  • Financial discipline
  • Survival tips
  • Exit strategies including closing down, selling the business and bankruptcy

E-Contractor Academy & Minority Business Accelerator | Begins Wednesday, May 18th

6:00pm-9:00pm every Wednesday | FREE

The Minority Business Accelerator provides a small minority construction business (MBE) with a comprehensive long-term training program, support and business opportunities to enable rapid and profitable growth. The Accelerator is unique because of the participation of a select group of general and prime contractors who are committed to supporting MBEs and providing a pipeline of project opportunities. *Pre-application/registration is required to join this 6-week series.

Program Highlights:

    • E-Contractor Academy – 6 weeknight sessions of instruction by contracting and business leaders
    • Support Services – The opportunity to receive up to 2 years of individual consulting services by subject matter experts
    • General & Prime Contractor Partnerships – Connection to general contractors seeking to increase their MBE contractor relationships and early access to bid opportunities

Expert Insights for AAPI Small Business Owners | Thursday, May 19th | 10:00am | FREE

The Asian American and Pacific Islander community play an integral role in America’s small business economy. In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month we are joined by Carlton Chen, Leland Dear and John Xu. These experts will be sharing tips, strategies, and information that can make a real impact on AAPI business owners.

In this webinar you will learn:

    • Five benefits to starting your own business
    • Loan programs available to you and how to apply to them
    • Why it is essential to retain a business lawyer

Re-energize Your Growth Potential | Thursday, May 19th | 11:30am | FREE

Every entrepreneurial journey starts with a dream of creating something. Even us small business owners dream bigger than our current situation and set of resources. Making these dreams a reality can feel daunting. Are you ready to get re-energized on your journey?

This workshop covers the 3 biggest barriers on the goals you’ve set to meet your dreams and offers some tools in resolving them. We will also provide a new way to understand your own power, a method not based in class/race/gender and privilege. We then look at the role conflict plays in limiting your business’ growth and how it can be your own personal Geiger counter (detecting professional development opportunities). We’ll cover four conflict response hacks and provide some take-home tools you can use right away.

Join us for a fun, interactive 90-minute session designed to help you get your big dream mojo back.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Friday, May 20th | 10:00am-2:00pm | FREE

Are you a Tacoma or Pierce County entrepreneur or business owner? Looking for guidance and answers to questions about finances, funding, or general business questions?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday and 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Grow With A Pro – Legal | Tuesday, May 24th | 9:00am | FREE

Whether you are in the idea phase or a growth phase in your business, we invite you to attend our weekly Grow with a Pro coffee chats. You will hear from Business Professionals from Umpqua Bank, Tax-u-Sign, and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 am Pacific Time, you will get to hear from one of these professionals as they chat about their area of expertise as it relates to current times and we will have an opportunity for a few of your non-confidential questions to get some answers. We’ll even be offering you opportunities to connect with other business owners through these morning coffee chats.

Virtual Square One | Tuesday, May 24th | 9:00am | FREE

Whether you’re just starting out or in need of coaching or ready to apply for a loan, this course will introduce you to the programs and services Business Impact NW offers, give you the opportunity to schedule meetings with a business coach, and offer specific information regarding our lending process as it applies to you individually.

    • The steps in starting a business.
    • Types of business organizations.
    • Information on writing a business plan.
    • How (and why) to do market research.
    • What lenders look for when applying for a business loan.
    • The importance of developing a cash flow projection, and how to do it.

You Created a Business Plan, Now What? | Tuesday, May 24th | 10:00am | FREE

Having a plan is highly useful because it helps you to be focused and clear about your business. However, all the planning in the world means nothing if you don’t know how to execute.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn:

    • The key elements to creating a business plan
    • How to break down your business plan into actionable steps
    • How to measure results and know if your business plan is working
    • Simple strategies to stay on track and avoid getting overwhelmed

Small Business Cybersecurity Part 2 | Tuesday, May 24th | 1:00pm | FREE

This webinar dives into identifying and authenticating system users, processes, and devices before allowing access to information systems along with how to control access to those systems. The portion on Identification and Authentication will detail how to determine if system users and processes acting on behalf of users are identified and how to identify and authenticate those users and processes. The practice on Access Control will discuss how to ensure anyone or anything attempting to access a system is identified and authorized, describe the types of transactions authorized users are permitted to execute, explain how to identify, verify and control connections to external systems, and how to control information posted or processed on publicly accessible information systems like social media accounts.

Creating Extraordinary Elevator Pitches | Wednesday, May 25th | 9:00am | FREE

At the next Meet the Buyer event you might only have 10 seconds to make an impression – MAKE IT COUNT!!!

How do you make the most of your time you have in front of a decision maker? Learn how to make an impact with your pitch during this webinar. You’ll gain critical awareness and tools you can use immediately to improve the quality of your elevator pitch: add punch, power and pizzazz to your pitches.

    • Stand up and out with poise and deliver dynamic messages about themselves, their businesses, their organizations
    • Talk so people will listen and want to hear more
    • Find the core of your message and learn to vary the content and length in order to meet the demands of the audience

Workplace Dynamics and Organizational Culture | Thursday, May 26th | 6:00pm

FREE

Did you know that your employees have a preference in HOW they receive praise? How familiar are you with the five elements of teamwork and how to identify breakdowns in your teamwork infrastructure? Even when doing the right thing, poor communication or implantation can have as negative an effect as the positive we ambition to achieve. From the fallacy of the Open Door Policy to the vitality of learning HOW your employees prefer you communicate with them, learn the basic tools you can use right away to establish the foundation of your workplace culture.

Celebrating Dreams | Thursday, May 26th | 6:00pm | FREE

Celebrating Dreams is an opportunity for participants to connect with other female entrepreneurs, mentors, community partners, resources, and leaders to celebrate female entrepreneurship.

During the pandemic, women entrepreneurs had to pause to reevaluate and reinvent themselves and their businesses. With the power of pause, they found new possibilities to move forward into a new future.

Join us for this evening of celebration, connection, and opportunities for women in business. Last year we had over 100 attendees and raised $32,155 for women-owned businesses.

How to Find Grant Opportunities | Tuesday, May 31st | 10:00am | FREE

The pandemic and economic relief efforts have led to more grant opportunities than ever for the nation’s small businesses. With the main federal relief programs now over, small businesses are seeking out other funding opportunities that may be available to them. In this workshop, we will help you understand the small business grant landscape, things to consider, where to find funding and more.

    • The different types of grants available to small business owners
    • Tips for crafting your grant application
    • Other free and low-cost capital options for your business

Contracting Coffee Hour | Wednesday, June 1st | 8:00am | FREE

Three retired Navy contracting officers are ready to answer your government contracting questions! Also on hand are PTAC counselors to assist your government contracting journey.

Bring your “how do I’ or “what happens when” questions!

And … be prepared to introduce yourself! You never know which or how many potential buyers are attending, so make sure your intro includes your business name, any certifications you have and what you want buyers to know.

Ready to Start a Business? | Thursday, June 2nd | 11:00am | FREE

Are you looking to start up a business but have no experience running one? Do you have an idea you are excited about and want insight into how to get started? Join a Washington SBDC Certified Business Advisor to hear about the basics of starting a business.

Topics that will be covered:

    • Identify reasons for starting a business
    • Self analyze your readiness for running a business
    • Understand the conditions of running a business (ie possible long hours, stress management…)
    • Brick and mortar business vs consulting/online business and their different levels of risk.
    • Financial basics for starting a business

ASPIRE: Demystifying Entrepreneurship for Military Spouses | Begins Thursday, June 2nd

6:00pm each Thursday | FREE

ASPIRE is a 4-week program that introduces the topics of entrepreneurship within a virtual class setting. During this program, students will have the opportunity to explore, develop and expand business ideas while learning about business basics such as value creation, market research, and financial sustainability. The final week of the program ends with a celebratory networking event with fellow entrepreneurs and community supporters. *Advanced registration is required to join this 4-week program.

Program Highlights:

    • Approachable business curriculum spread out over 3- short remote sessions designed for the busy military spouse
    • Course material tailored to address moving your business, doing business on installation, and other common unique issues military spouse business owners face
    • Networking event on the fourth week to leverage community resources and support critical to entrepreneurship (held near or on installation)
    • Access to one-on-on business coaching support throughout the program

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Friday, June 3rd | 10:00am-2:00pm | FREE

Are you a Tacoma or Pierce County entrepreneur or business owner? Looking for guidance and answers to questions about finances, funding, or general business questions?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday and 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

PTAC & SBDC First Friday Follow-up | Friday, June 3rd | 12:00pm | FREE

Are you looking for a dedicated lunch hour to learn what it takes to GROW YOUR BUSINESS ??? Friday Follow-up is an open forum, round table for businesses to get answers from a PTAC Counselor and SBDC Advisor. Bring your questions regarding government contracting and how to grow your business. Learn more about these two resources and how to incorporate new strategies and tactics. We encourage you to enjoy your lunch during this session and be ready for interactive conversations!

Gro with a Pro – Banking | Tuesday, June 7th | 9:00am | FREE

Whether you are in the idea phase or a growth phase in your business, we invite you to attend our weekly Grow with a Pro coffee chats. You will hear from Business Professionals from Umpqua Bank, Tax-u-Sign, and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 am Pacific Time, you will get to hear from one of these professionals as they chat about their area of expertise as it relates to current times and we will have an opportunity for a few of your non-confidential questions to get some answers. We’ll even be offering you opportunities to connect with other business owners through these morning coffee chats.

Small Business Cybersecurity Part 3 | Tuesday, June 7th | 1:00pm-2:30pm | FREE

Are you a Tacoma or Pierce County entrepreneur or business owner? Looking for guidance and answers to questions about finances, funding, or general business questions?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday and 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Your Marketing Roadmap | Thursday, June 9th | 10:00am | FREE

Join SCORE for a fresh and new 4 part series. We’ll take you through the ultimate marketing essentials and beyond that you need for your business to be a success.

Workshop 1: Your Marketing Mindset. What mindset do you need to be an effective marketer? Our presenter will guide you through the key principles that you must focus on before you leverage marketing tactics. In this webinar you will learn:

    • Who is your perfect customer?
    • Do you know them better than they know themselves?
    • Billion dollar brands are not your competitors.
    • The power of winning in small markets.
    • Follow up, frequency and engagement is your ticket to successful marketing.

How to Write a Business Plan | Thursday, June 9th | 11:00am | FREE

Do you want to start your own business? Are you wondering what steps you need for a successful start? Join us in this webinar to learn all about writing a business plan. Business plans are the blueprints of your business. Whether you need a loan or plan to self-finance, business plans should be on every start-up’s list to do. We will review topics included in standard business plans such as executive summary, business structure, management, marketing, and financials. You will come away from the webinar with solid ideas of how to get started on your business plan.

You will learn:

    • The information needed for a solid business plan
    • Why business plans are integral for a business loan
    • How a business plan will serve you no matter your industry

Grow With A Pro – Taxes | Tuesday, June 14th | 9:00am | FREE

Whether you are in the idea phase or a growth phase in your business, we invite you to attend our weekly Grow with a Pro coffee chats. You will hear from Business Professionals from Umpqua Bank, Tax-u-Sign, and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 am Pacific Time, you will get to hear from one of these professionals as they chat about their area of expertise as it relates to current times and we will have an opportunity for a few of your non-confidential questions to get some answers. We’ll even be offering you opportunities to connect with other business owners through these morning coffee chats.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Tuesday, June 14th | 10:00am-2:00pm | FREE

Are you a Tacoma or Pierce County entrepreneur or business owner? Looking for guidance and answers to questions about finances, funding, or general business questions?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday and 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Energize Your Business Growth via Delegation | Thursday, June 16th | 10:00am | FREE

Owning a business can be rough. With so many ideas and tasks, you could work every night and weekend and still not get everything done. It is so easy to let your personal life, family life, and goals suffer as the demands of your business increase.

During this webinar, presenters will explain how delegating is the answer to regaining balance and creating the ability to scale your business. In this webinar you will learn:

    • Why delegating is a feasible way to create time freedom
    • How to understand the 5 Stages of Delegation
    • How to reclaim at least one hour of your day by delegating

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Friday, June 17th | 10:00am-2:00pm | FREE

Are you a Tacoma or Pierce County entrepreneur or business owner? Looking for guidance and answers to questions about finances, funding, or general business questions?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday and 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Grow With A Pro – Insurance | Tuesday, June 21st | 9:00am | FREE

Whether you are in the idea phase or a growth phase in your business, we invite you to attend our weekly Grow with a Pro coffee chats. You will hear from Business Professionals from Umpqua Bank, Tax-u-Sign, and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 am Pacific Time, you will get to hear from one of these professionals as they chat about their area of expertise as it relates to current times and we will have an opportunity for a few of your non-confidential questions to get some answers. We’ll even be offering you opportunities to connect with other business owners through these morning coffee chats.

Small Business Flex Fund Info Webinar | Tuesday, June 21st | 1:00pm | FREE

The Washington State Small Business Flex Fund is a new loan program for the smallest Washington businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. 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.

Should you apply? What should you prepare if you decide to apply?

This webinar will provide information about the loan program and application process and help you prepare to apply.

Marketing that Converts | Thursday, June 23rd | 11:00am | FREE

In today’s world, social media content is essential for connecting with potential customers. Content marketing is a proven strategy to generate ongoing traffic, build trust, and increase sales. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for every business. Join us for this interactive webinar on creating digital content that will help you convert your audience into paying customers. After this webinar, you’ll be able to develop a strategic and achievable plan to stay connected to your audience, attract new fans, and promote your offerings — based on your unique strengths. This session is for any business that can use strategies to communicate with their audience and create messaging that converts to sales…in other words, any business model will benefit!

Topics will include:

    • Identifying which social media platforms you should be using based on your goals
    • Strategies for repurposing content you create
    • Why videos, images, and copy are all critical components in your conversion strategy
    • Tools and resources for helping you execute your plan

Grow With A Pro – Legal | Tuesday, June 28th | 9:00am | FREE

Whether you are in the idea phase or a growth phase in your business, we invite you to attend our weekly Grow with a Pro coffee chats. You will hear from Business Professionals from Umpqua Bank, Tax-u-Sign, and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 am Pacific Time, you will get to hear from one of these professionals as they chat about their area of expertise as it relates to current times and we will have an opportunity for a few of your non-confidential questions to get some answers. We’ll even be offering you opportunities to connect with other business owners through these morning coffee chats.

Virtual Square One | Tuesday, June 28th | 9:00am | FREE

Whether you’re just starting out or in need of coaching or ready to apply for a loan, this course will introduce you to the programs and services Business Impact NW offers, give you the opportunity to schedule meetings with a business coach, and offer specific information regarding our lending process as it applies to you individually.

    • The steps in starting a business.
    • Types of business organizations.
    • Information on writing a business plan.
    • How (and why) to do market research.
    • What lenders look for when applying for a business loan.
    • The importance of developing a cash flow projection, and how to do it.

Small Business Cybersecurity Part 1 | Thursday, June 30th | 11:00am | FREE

Small businesses are under cyber and data-breach attacks more than ever given the current climate. Cyber attacks happen every day, and for a small business they can be very costly and cripple business operations. Having your systems and information compromised is not only a direct threat to your confidential data, it can also ruin your relationships with customers and cause legal vulnerability. It is imperative to learn how to boost your cyber defense systems. This series was developed to help small businesses be cyber safe.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Friday, July 1st | 10:00am-2:00pm | FREE

Are you a Tacoma or Pierce County entrepreneur or business owner? Looking for guidance and answers to questions about finances, funding, or general business questions?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday and 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Tuesday, July 12th | 10:00am-2:00pm | FREE

Are you a Tacoma or Pierce County entrepreneur or business owner? Looking for guidance and answers to questions about finances, funding, or general business questions?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday and 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Small Business Cybersecurity Part 2 | Thursday, July 14th | 11:00am | FREE

This webinar dives into identifying and authenticating system users, processes, and devices before allowing access to information systems along with how to control access to those systems. The portion on Identification and Authentication will detail how to determine if system users and processes acting on behalf of users are identified and how to identify and authenticate those users and processes. The practice on Access Control will discuss how to ensure anyone or anything attempting to access a system is identified and authorized, describe the types of transactions authorized users are permitted to execute, explain how to identify, verify and control connections to external systems, and how to control information posted or processed on publicly accessible information systems like social media accounts.

Business Expert Session: 5 Steps to Profit | Thursday, July 14th | 11:30am | FREE

    • Is it possible to increase your leads and sales without wasting money on who-knows marketing and advertisement experiments?
    • Is it possible to see a HUGE increase in profits and work fewer hours at the same time?
    • Is it possible to grow your business without hiring more staff and without burnout?

You are the expert in delivering your product and service, but you are too busy to sort out business STRATEGIES, FINANCE, etc. – all those big words sound overwhelming! You don’t need to be an expert on everything. You only need to master a few most IMPACTFUL fundamental strategies to run your business like an expert!

Join our Business Growth Strategist to learn some simple practical steps you can take to maximize your profit. No BS, No Bluff. Simply step-by-step practical strategies you can use to instantly see more leads, more sales, and more income!

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Friday, July 15th | 10:00am-2:00pm | FREE

Are you a Tacoma or Pierce County entrepreneur or business owner? Looking for guidance and answers to questions about finances, funding, or general business questions?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday and 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Small Business Cybersecurity Part 3 | Thursday, July 28th | 11:00am | FREE

Are you a Tacoma or Pierce County entrepreneur or business owner? Looking for guidance and answers to questions about finances, funding, or general business questions?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday and 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Business Expert Session: Disability Inclusion & Accessibility | Thursday, July 28th | 11:30am | FREE

In this presentation, we will discuss how disability is diversity. Disability is not only diverse itself in that no disability is alike, but disability also intersects with every other identity in which one can hold. The diverse range of disabilities automatically means a diverse range of access needs.Providing access for the disability community is not only equitable but leads to inclusion as well. Disability needs to be incorporated into the DEI conversation.

We will address the importance of accessibility and ways to begin incorporating access into your best practices. Increasing your accessibility can remove barriers for the largest minority in the world. Accessibility begins with education and understanding as anyone can become a part of this community at any time.

The events above are offered by community partners and outside organizations, and are not necessarily sponsored by or affiliated with the Pierce County Library System.