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.

Search Engine Optimization Strategies | Thursday, July 29th | 10:00am | FREE

When people are looking for products or services from local businesses, 97% of them turn to the internet. So if you own a local business, will people find YOUR company’s website when they search online? The best way to increase your chances of showing up in search results when people search for businesses is through local Search Engine Optimization, or SEO.

In this session you’ll learn some of the most important local SEO strategies you need to help your website rank higher on Google and other search engines.

Grow with a Pro – Banking | Tuesday, August 3rd | 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.

Making the Leap to Entrepreneurship – Is the Right Time Now?

Tuesday, August 3rd | 10:00am-11:00am | FREE

Steve Jobs did it. Jeff Bezos did it. Sara Blakely did it. We wouldn’t have Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Nike, Instagram, Pinterest, 23&Me, Starbucks, or Red Bull if aspiring entrepreneurs hadn’t left their nine-to-five to chase a dream. Nearly every successful entrepreneur, famous and non-famous, had to quit a job at some point to make it. You don’t have to build something huge or take a crazy risk to be a successful quit-to-starter. Today, it is more accessible than ever to be an entrepreneur or solopreneur.

But should you make the leap – and when? Can really anyone do it – and should they? What is it they don’t tell you? How do you know you’ve got the right idea, the right plan, and the right timing to make it stick?

Black-Owned Business Excellence: Fund Your Business Growth

Tuesday, August 3rd | 11:00am-1:00pm | FREE

Black-Owned Business Excellence is a collaboration of more than a dozen organizations coming together to support, promote, educate and elevate businesses that are owned by underserved business owners. We have organized a collective calendar of events focused on the advancement of BIPOC businesses. This quarterly event will focus on funding your business.

Fund Your Business Growth – Come and identify ways to maximize your cash flow and ensure you have the necessary working capital to continue operations. Learn about business credit and other sources of financing to expand, start and maximize your business development.

Selling Your Business During the Pandemic

Tuesday, August 3rd | 11:00am-12:30pm | FREE

Have you ever thought about selling your business to move on to a new chapter in your life? Or has the recent Covid pandemic accelerated your thoughts of exiting your business earlier than you anticipated? What does it mean to plan an exit? What if you don’t have a plan? Who is involved? How is your business valued? Who can you sell to? How does a buyer feel about your good or bad financial performance during the Covid pandemic? How do you chose the right broker to help you? As the quote reads, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” In this discussion, professional Business Broker Taralee Muhli will address these questions above and explain an ideal strategy to prepare the business for an exit and things to consider as that path is being formed.

Home-Based Business Ownership | Thursday, August 5th | 10:00am | FREE

Could business ownership be the next step in your career? Many entrepreneurs start with a home-based business that creates, delivers, or improves on a product or service. Hear from the industry’s most trusted leader in matching entrepreneurs with business opportunities as they cover key topics as it relates to finding the perfect home-based business to meet your lifestyle and goals.

You’ll learn about the advantages of a home-based business, which home-based categories are booming, how to evaluate if a home-based business is a right fit for you and if so, which one, how to access mentoring and training resources, and more!

Ready to Start a Business? | Thursday, August 5th | 11:00am-12:00pm | 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

Grow with a Pro – Accounting | Tuesday, August 10th | 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.

It’s Your Business… Get Started! | Tuesday, August 10th | 1:00pm-3:00pm | FREE

Want to be an entrepreneur and start your own business… but afraid to? Well, this is the workshop for you!

• Learn how to understand and manage the fear associated with starting a business.
• Understand why more people should seriously consider entrepreneurship in the 21st century.
• We will discuss the lowered cost and barriers to starting a business.
• Learn about available resources to help you start your business.

Starting a Business in WA | Tuesday, August 10th | 2:00pm-3:00pm | FREE

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.

Maximizing Profits: Effective Pricing  | Thursday, August 12th | 10:00am | FREE

Pricing your products and services properly is one of the most important business decisions you’ll make. No matter what type of product or service you sell, the price you charge your customers will have a direct impact on profitability and the success of your business. In this webinar, a Certified SCORE Mentor will help you understand how to price your products and services effectively and develop a strategy for maximizing your profits.

Creating Videos for Marketing | Thursday, August 12th | 11:00am-12:00pm | FREE

Have you wanted to do more video for your business but are camera shy? Are you overwhelmed by the tech? Do you freeze up and don’t know what to say?

You have everything you need to create successful business videos now. Your cellphone is a powerful tool for creating videos. Social media is a key outlet for using videos to connect with your audience. Join us and learn tips for getting started with video for business. Your audience is wanting stronger connections with you and video is the key!

Grow with a Pro – Insurance | Tuesday, August 17th | 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.

Leasing, Negotiating, Buying | Tuesday, August 17th | 11:00am-12:30pm | FREE

Facilities costs – lease expenses or mortgages – are often the largest expenses a company has after staff related costs. Unlike staffing, facilities costs are generally fixed or have very limited flexibility. In the event of financial difficulties their impact is magnified. Space decisions are critical – ideally, to be a great fit in supporting the business overall, and to avoid space obligations becoming a company killer.

Good decision making is about being systematic, a thoughtful process. Having information and tools with which to make sound decisions is crucial to navigating the negotiations. You want to get the best deal-fit for the company under the market circumstances at the time.

Time Management: Delegation | Thursday, August 19th | 10:00am | FREE

The way to really grow your business, without increasing the amount of time you work, is to stay in your zone of genius, doing the work that you excel at, and delegating the rest. After all, when you try to do EVERYTHING, something or someone suffers.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll help you with the best practices for managing your time and a very simple process for identifying which items to delegate first, plus, learn the #1 delegating mistake you don’t even know you’re making.

How to Write a Business Plan | Thursday, August 19th | 11:00am-12:00pm | 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

Updates to PPP Forgiveness | Friday, August 20th | 10:00am-12:00pm | FREE

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, August 20th | 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, August 24th | 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.

Square One: Intro to Business Impact NW | Tuesday, August 24th | 9:00am-11:00am | FREE

Square One is your gateway to accessing capital or business coaching through Business Impact NW. Whether you’re new to BINW, just starting out, in need of coaching or ready to apply for a loan, this course will introduce you to the programs and services we offer, 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.

Incorporating your Business| Tuesday, August 24th | 10:00am | FREE

You made the leap to entrepreneurship! You know exactly what products or services you want to offer, but are not quite sure how you will protect yourself in the process. You hear about “getting an LLC” or “incorporating,” however it seems confusing and overwhelming. Does this sound familiar to your situation? If yes, join this webinar to learn about the essential aspects of incorporation so you can eliminate uncertainty and make the right decisions for you and your emerging business.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Tuesday, August 24th | 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.

It’s Your Business… Get Started! | Tuesday, September 14th | 1:00pm-3:00pm | FREE

Want to be an entrepreneur and start your own business… but afraid to? Well, this is the workshop for you!

• Learn how to understand and manage the fear associated with starting a business.
• Understand why more people should seriously consider entrepreneurship in the 21st century.
• We will discuss the lowered cost and barriers to starting a business.
• Learn about available resources to help you start your business.

Grow Your Business in Washington | Thursday, September 16th | 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.

Black-Owned Business Excellence: Stimulate Your Marketing Strategy

Tuesday, November 9th | 11:00am-1:00pm | FREE

Black-Owned Business Excellence is a collaboration of more than a dozen organizations coming together to support, promote, educate and elevate businesses that are owned by underserved business owners. We have organized a collective calendar of events focused on the advancement of BIPOC businesses. This quarterly event will focus on funding your business.

Stimulate Your Marketing Strategy: Come and focus your marketing, branding, and advertising to reach your target audience. Enhance your marketing strategy to be prepared for holiday shopping and the new year with multiple channels and delivery methods.

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.