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 – Taxes | Tuesday, July 12th | 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.

Video Marketing Strategies | Tuesday, July 12th | 10:00am | FREE

With so many different types of cameras, audio equipment, and lighting kits, video marketing can be a complex medium to break into. Still, video can be a huge marketing tool, and without it, you will see a significant impact on your leads and income.

In this webinar, we’ll show you step-by-step tried and true video strategies that generate awareness and leads.

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!

Ask an Expert: Retail Strategies | Thursday, July 14th | 10:00am | FREE

Digital disruption, evolving customer expectations, retaining employees, modern marketing and inflation are just a few of the many challenges that retail owners are facing in today’s times. In celebration of National Independent retail month, we have dedicated a full hour to answering any question you might have about running a retail business.

Join us for a live Q&A led by retail expert Ritchie Sayner, who will address your important questions using his decades of industry knowledge.

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!

Grow With A Pro – Insurance | Tuesday, July 19th | 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.

SE PTAC/SBDC Business Roundtable | Thursday, July 21st | 9:00am | FREE

The SE Washington PTAC/SBDC Business Roundtable is an open forum discussion where you can learn from PTAC about government contracting, and SBDC Business Advisors about growing your business. PTAC Counsel can help you decide if you’re ready for government contracting opportunities.

Grow With A Pro – Legal | Tuesday, July 26th | 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, July 26th | 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 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.

Content, Publicity and Personal Branding (Pt. 3) | Tuesday, August 2nd | 10:00am | FREE

We’ll show you how to integrate content marketing, publicity and personal branding to grow your business. You’ll see how you can leverage these three pillars in your marketing tool book.

In this webinar you will learn how to:

Use content to build trust with your audience.
Enhance the credibility of your brand using publicity.
Start and build a personal brand.
Identify why a community of fans is often more important than a sale.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Friday, August 5th | 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!

Ask the Questions You Need Answered (Pt. 4) | Tuesday, September 6th | 10:00am | FREE

In the final part of the “Your Marketing Roadmap” webinar series, the floor is open to you! We’ll be taking your questions live to help you apply these marketing strategies to your specific business. No question is too basic and no question is too hard. Come ready to ask your toughest questions as we learn together in this final webinar of the SCORE Marketing Road Map series.

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.