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.

Grow with a Pro – Accounting | Tuesday, April 13th | 8:30am-9:15am | 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, Farmers Insurance and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:15 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.

Funding and Financing your Black-Owned Business | Tuesday, April 13th | 10:00am | FREE

Financing your business is so important to many entrepreneurs. If you do it the right way you can smartly leverage financing options to grow your business. Join four-time entrepreneur Ramon Ray to get his real-world insights and best practices for financing your business and funding your growth.

You’ll learn:

How to be attractive to lending partners
Funding options to consider
How to develop your business pitch
How to finance and grow your business.

Healthcare Plans in a Business | Tuesday, April 13th | 11:00am | FREE

Join Green River Small Business Center as we welcome Aaron Pollock, from NPB Advisors, for a live 60-minute webinar discussing the various aspects of evaluating and implementing an employee benefits plan and issues an employer will need to consider when providing a comprehensive health plan. Aaron Pollock is an employee benefits broker who specializes in working with local employers to help them quantify, review, and implement employee benefit plans that provide value to their organizations and to their employees.

In this webinar, you will learn:

Reasons to offer a benefits plan
The process involved in creating and implementing a plan
Cost considerations
Compliance with insurance carrier underwriting and legislative regulations
Communication with employees

Start a Business in Washington | Wednesday, April 14th | 2:00pm | FREE

Are you considering starting a business, or did you recently start one and still have lots of questions?

This free, one hour webinar will give you a strong foundation for starting a business in Washington. It covers planning, registration and licensing, and other regulatory requirements. You’ll connect with business liaisons from the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Innovation and Assistance, the Secretary of State’s Office, and the Departments of Revenue, Employment Security and Labor and Industries, who will also provide you information about many free or low-cost assistance programs.

Updates to PPP Loan Forgiveness | Friday, April 16th | 10:00am | FREE

This webinar will cover the new Coronavirus relief bill updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application and related instructions.

Representatives from the SBA and the Washington State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will provide updates on the new PPP loan and loan forgiveness requirements:

Topics Covered:

PPP Basic Forgiveness Application Information
The PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Required Docs
Simplified Process for PPP loans under $150,000
Effect of the EIDL Advance
Retro-active elements of the new legislation
What you will need to be most successful in obtaining loan forgiveness

Drop-In Business Coaching (Virtual) | Friday, April 16th | 10:00am-5:00pm | FREE

Do you have a business puzzle you need help solving? Schedule your free drop-in business coaching appointment in Pierce County! Join a dedicated coach from Business Impact NW every month on the third Friday for free guidance, assistance, and support in your small business journey!

Grow with a Pro – Insurance | Tuesday, April 20th | 8:30am-9:15am | 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, Farmers Insurance and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:15 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.

What Successful Businesses are doing in 2021 | Tuesday, April 20th | 10:00am | FREE

Wondering what’s next for your business in 2021? Join us for a conversation with Rieva Levonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media and SmallBizDaily, Ross Herosian, Founder & CEO of Tricycle Creative, and Blake Clark, Global Vice President of Software Advice, about continuing patterns, new small business trends, and the biggest changes that will impact your business this year.

You’ll discover:

How small and midsize businesses adapted and survived in 2020 (and what you can emulate)
Patterns from 2020 that persist in 2021 and what’s changed about them
What customers are expecting this year
Where digital commerce and contactless experiences are headed and what to do about it
New trends to watch out for now, in the latter half of 2021, and beyond

Guía sobre los derechos de los trabajadores | Tuesday, April 20th | 1:00pm-2:00pm

FREE

El Departamento de Labor e Industrias (L&I) lo invita a nuestro seminario web “Guía para los empleadores sobre los derechos de los trabajadores” para conocer las reglas en el lugar de trabajo que el programa de Normas de Empleo de L&I hace cumplir. Tendremos una presentación de 45 minutos sobre temas como:

Requisitos salariales
Horas trabajadas y mantenimiento de registros
Salario mínimo, horas extras y propinas
Permisos por enfermedad pagados y otros permisos de ausencia protegida del trabajo
Protecciones contra represalias y discriminación
Empleo agrícola
Empleo de menores de edad
Nuestro proceso de investigación sobre derechos laborales

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Info | Wednesday, April 21st | 2:00pm | FREE

This webinar will provide information about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund portion of the American Rescue Plan Act within the Small Business Administration. The final rules and application are expected in a few weeks. Updated information will be provided in future webinars.

Topics covered include Purpose, Eligibility, Restrictions, Grant Amounts, Grant Award Priority, How to calculate amount your business may be eligible to receive, Use of Funds, Q &A as time allows.

Reaching Customers Online with Google | Thursday, April 22nd | 11:00am | FREE

Learn how to make your business easier to find online. This workshop explains how Google Search works and how you can improve your website’s visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The session also introduces products like Business Profile on Google, Google Trends, Search Console, Google Analytics, Google Ads, and more.

Business Expert Session: Digital Marketing Best Practices | Thursday, April 22nd

11:30am-1:00pm | FREE

As a small business, competition with the major brands in your industry may be inevitable. Many larger corporations have millions of dollars to invest in larger campaigns for nationwide recognition. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to overshadow these heavy hitters through strategic digital marketing initiatives.

This presentation will cover:

Digital tools and best practices to use (including low-cost options!)
How to define your customer base
Structuring and landing messaging

COVID-19 Impact Webinar | Thursday, April 22nd | 2:00pm-3:00pm | FREE

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new path forward. This webinar provides an overview of some of the state responses, resources, and other impacts affecting small businesses. No cost registration.

The webinar includes brief presentations from several state agency small business liaisons with dedicated time for questions and answers.

Grow with a Pro – Legal | Tuesday, April 27th | 8:30am-9:15am | 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, Farmers Insurance and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:15 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.

Preparing for the SVOG | Tuesday, April 27th | 9:00am-10:30am | FREE

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is part of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Business, Nonprofits and Venues Act. It will be administered by the Small Business Administration, Office of Disaster Assistance. The application is expected to open April 8, 2021.

This webinar will provide information regarding eligibility and how to prepare before applying for the grant.

Virtual ‘Square One’ | Tuesday, April 27th | 9:00am – 11:00am | FREE

Whether you’re just starting out, 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.

We’ll discuss the steps in starting a business, types of business organizations, information on writing a business plan, how (and why) to do market research, and more!

Plan Your Website for Success | Tuesday, April 27th | 10:00am | FREE

You know you need a website for your business. But, how do you set it up for online success? First, you need to have a solid plan in place. Fortunately, this webinar will help with exactly that! This webinar, presented by Co-Founder of Cardsetter Jessica Baldwin, will share a comprehensive plan for your business’s website. After the session, you’ll have a better understanding of:

Your website’s audience
Feature and functionality needs
Content planning
How to choose the right platform
Best practices for online success

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Tuesday, April 27th | 12:00pm-3:00pm | FREE

Are you thinking of starting a business? Do you already have a business but want it to grow? Are you facing a business puzzle that you’d like help with?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching: Auburn Area on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 12pm-3pm.

Updates to PPP Loan Forgiveness | Friday, April 30th | 10:00am | FREE

This webinar will cover the new Coronavirus relief bill updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application and related instructions.

Representatives from the SBA and the Washington State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will provide updates on the new PPP loan and loan forgiveness requirements:

Topics Covered:

PPP Basic Forgiveness Application Information
The PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Required Docs
Simplified Process for PPP loans under $150,000
Effect of the EIDL Advance
Retro-active elements of the new legislation
What you will need to be most successful in obtaining loan forgiveness

Grow with a Pro – Banking | Tuesday, May 4th | 8:30am-9:15am | 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, Farmers Insurance and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:15 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.

From Veteran to Entrepreneur: Starting Your Own Business

Tuesday, May 4th | 10:00am-11:00am | FREE

Veterans have the skills needed to be successful business owners, but their rate of self-employment has been declining. This educational webinar, presented by entrepreneurial experts Tammy Durden and Wendy Dickinson, will discuss how to make a successful transition of going from Veteran to Entrepreneur, and provide step-by-step guidance on filing proper documents to gain the funds to power your business. You will learn:

The steps to begin
How to obtain funding
Agency resources that can help you
And more…

Black-Owned Business Excellence: Upgrade Your Business Entity

Tuesday, May 4th | 11:00am-1:00pm | FREE

Come and learn the benefits of each business entity (sole proprietorship, LLC, Non-Profit, SCorp, CCorp, Social Enterprise from an established Certified Public Accountant – Isaiah Gresham. Get armed with information that will help you ascertain if your business structure is right for you. Ensure your business is legitimate with the proper business licenses and registrations for contracts, certifications and even grants.

Then hear from a panel of business owners who have overcome challenges with multiple business entities, certifications, and contracts.

Generational Marketing | Thursday, May 6th | 10:00am-11:00am | FREE

Having to reach, influence, and convert 4 generations has made marketing more complicated than ever for small businesses to generate leads, build brand trust and achieve financial objectives.

Are you struggling with where to find a Boomer and how to sway a Gen Z’er? How about unpredictable Millennials? They are all SO different. It is critical that you understand what they each want if you are going to get them to buy.

Grow with a Pro – Accounting | Tuesday, May 11th | 8:30am-9:15am | 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, Farmers Insurance and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:15 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.

Grow Your Business in Washington | Tuesday, May 11th | 9:00am | FREE

This webinar is for established businesses that are actively seeking opportunities to grow their business from beyond its current model – new markets, new products, new locations, new staffing, and new financing. Its focus is on government-supported opportunities and assistance, and regulatory impacts of growth to factor in your planning. No cost registration.

The webinar includes brief presentations from several state agency small business liaisons with dedicated time for questions and answers.

Supply Chain Management | Thursday, May 13th | 10:00am-11:00am | FREE

During these unprecedented times, many small businesses are struggling to survive. The focus for many of these business owners is to return to profitability and to develop a plan for continuous improvement.

In this webinar, presented by Wilbert Long Jr (CEO, Strategic Supply Chain Solutions) and Christopher Cox (President, Strategic Supply Chain Solutions), we will discuss the impact that the cost of your goods purchased will have in the area of profitability, your plan to continuous improvement, and the road to recovery.

Grow with a Pro – Insurance | Tuesday, May 18th | 8:30am-9:15am | 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, Farmers Insurance and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:15 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.

Mental Health Outcomes After COVID | Tuesday, May 18th | 10:00am-11:00am | FREE

To ensure the good health of your business, it is critical that you are aware of and appropriately addressing the mental health outcomes from COVID and other simultaneous stressors. The emergence of chronic conditions are expressing themselves in performance, morale and employee relationships, including: anxiety, depression, trauma, new and relapse of addiction issues, eating disorders, perfectionism, workaholism and increase in suicidal ideation, attempts and completion.

Crisis Management Expert, Lisa Dinhofer, will share in-depth insights into the mental health outcomes that are affecting businesses of all kinds and provide guidance on how to address this within yours. You’ll learn:

How to recognize and initiate a conversation with someone you think may be in distress
The issues around ‘camera on’ v ‘camera off’ during virtual meetings
The importance of social capital in maintaining team mental health

From Solopreneur to Wealth and Freedom | Thursday, May 20th | 10:00am-11:00am | FREE

You made the leap or want to make the leap and do what you love. You’ll make as much or more money as you did working for someone else – but with more creative freedom and more flexibility. It’s a dream work-life balance. And it works for a while – and it can work for a long while. But for many and most, solopreneur life becomes a revenue rollercoaster and later an unexpected, perpetual plateau. You may find yourself overworked, worn down, and maybe worse – disillusioned and no longer loving what you do.

In this game-changing webinar, Startup Enthusiast, Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Author Allen Clary will not only show you the way to avoid the Solopreneur’s Trap, but also the path to creating significant wealth for you and your family – and have all the time you’ll need to enjoy it. You’ll learn about:

How and why the Solopreneur Trap happens
How it can be avoided
Creating a path to significant wealth and getting time back in your personal life

Drop-In Business Coaching (Virtual) | Friday, May 21st | 10:00am-5:00pm | FREE

Do you have a business puzzle you need help solving? Schedule your free drop-in business coaching appointment in Pierce County! Join a dedicated coach from Business Impact NW every month on the third Friday for free guidance, assistance, and support in your small business journey!

Grow with a Pro – Legal | Tuesday, May 25th | 8:30am-9:15am | 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, Farmers Insurance and an Attorney from the Rational Unicorn.

Every Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:15 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.

COVID-19 Impact Webinar | Tuesday, May 25th | 9:00am-10:00am | FREE

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new path forward. This webinar provides an overview of some of the state responses, resources, and other impacts affecting small businesses. No cost registration.

The webinar includes brief presentations from several state agency small business liaisons with dedicated time for questions and answers.

Virtual ‘Square One’ | Tuesday, May 25th | 9:00am – 11:00am | FREE

Whether you’re just starting out, 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.

We’ll discuss the steps in starting a business, types of business organizations, information on writing a business plan, how (and why) to do market research, and more!

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Tuesday, May 25th | 12:00pm-3:00pm | FREE

Are you thinking of starting a business? Do you already have a business but want it to grow? Are you facing a business puzzle that you’d like help with?

Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching: Auburn Area on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 12pm-3pm.

Celebrating Dreams | Thursday, May 27th | 6:00pm-7:30pm | FREE

The Washington Women’s Business Center (WWBC) is committed to supporting women business owners as they carry on in these uncertain economic times. Celebrating Dreams, the WWBC Premier Event, is an opportunity to connect with other female entrepreneurs, mentors, community partners, resources, and leaders in the field – all while celebrating female entrepreneurship.

Celebrating Dreams features an online showcase of Woman-Owned businesses that display their products and services all in one place and runs from May 1st – June 30th, 2021.

The event culminates with this free evening of celebration, connection, and opportunities for Women in business.

Start a Business in Washington | Thursday, June 10th | 9:00am | FREE

Are you considering starting a business, or did you recently start one and still have lots of questions?

This free, one hour webinar will give you a strong foundation for starting a business in Washington. It covers planning, registration and licensing, and other regulatory requirements. You’ll connect with business liaisons from the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Innovation and Assistance, the Secretary of State’s Office, and the Departments of Revenue, Employment Security and Labor and Industries, who will also provide you information about many free or low-cost assistance programs.

Drop-In Business Coaching (Virtual) | Friday, June 18th | 10:00am-5:00pm | FREE

Do you have a business puzzle you need help solving? Schedule your free drop-in business coaching appointment in Pierce County! Join a dedicated coach from Business Impact NW every month on the third Friday for free guidance, assistance, and support in your small business journey!

COVID-19 Impact Webinar | Wednesday, June 23rd | 2:00pm-3:00pm | FREE

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new path forward. This webinar provides an overview of some of the state responses, resources, and other impacts affecting small businesses. No cost registration.

The webinar includes brief presentations from several state agency small business liaisons with dedicated time for questions and answers.

Grow Your Business in Washington | Wednesday, July 14th | 2:00pm | FREE

This webinar is for established businesses that are actively seeking opportunities to grow their business from beyond its current model – new markets, new products, new locations, new staffing, and new financing. Its focus is on government-supported opportunities and assistance, and regulatory impacts of growth to factor in your planning. No cost registration.

The webinar includes brief presentations from several state agency small business liaisons with dedicated time for questions and answers.

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.