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.

Virtual ‘Square One’ | Tuesday, January 26th | 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!

Strategies for turnaround, survival, and exiting | Tuesday, January 26th

1:00pm – 2:15pm | FREE

Do you feel like giving up? Many small business owners are feeling like they just can’t keep going. If you feel like the end is near, attend this webinar. We will give you some hope and some options.

Topics include cashflow management, funding & Capital Infusion, managing Debt, turnaround strategies, financial discipline, survival tips, exit strategies including closing down, selling the business and bankruptcy, and more.

Business Law: Contracts (Part 2) | Wednesday, January 27th | 12:00pm | FREE

Business Contracts! Service Contracts! Independent Contractor Agreements! Release of Liability! Equipment Leases! Non-Disclosure Agreements! Noncompete Agreements and so much more! These are all CONTRACTS! Small business owners sign multiple contracts throughout the different stages of their business.

Often, contracts are seen only as something a small business owner signs with a vendor or a customer. Contracting relates to many different aspects of a business. So, start 2021 off right – armed with information that can assist you with contracting. Part Two will review key terms of your customer contracts that will give you leverage in the event you end up in a payment dispute with your customer.

Create a Website That Engages | Thursday, January 28th | 11:00am – 12:00pm


Most businesses need a website. But having a website that engages with visitors is key to helping you build your prospect base. In this webinar, you will learn:

What is needed for easy navigation.
Techniques that will get your website to perform better.
How to integrate video and testimonials to showcase your brand.
How to create calls to action so you build your prospect base.

COVID Disruptions (Inventory, Supply Chain, and more) | Thursday, January 28th

11:30am – 1:00pm | FREE

Join us for this webinar as we discuss how COVID is affecting your supply chain, and what you can do to mitigate disruption to your business.

By increasing flexibility and pivoting away from a traditional linear supply chain strategy, your business can more effectively adapt to changes in the marketplace, while simultaneously implementing long-term, scalable solutions for all aspects of your supply chain system and distribution channels.

COVID Relief and PPP Application | Friday, January 29th | 10:00am-11:30am


New Coronavirus relief provisions were signed into law on December 27th, 2020. This training webinar will cover key elements of the legislation with a focus on the new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP loans) and the application process:

SBA Debt relief and other programs
EIDL & EIDL Advance
Special lending accessibility in the new legislation for certain businesses
Update on how and where to apply for a new or additional PPP
Allowed uses for the PPP loans
Eligibility for the PPP, how to prepare and work with your lender
Key improvements and changes to the PPP
Preparation for loan forgiveness
Where to get additional help

Black-Owned Business Excellence Conference | Tuesday, February 2nd

9:00am-6:00pm | FREE

This will be a kick-off event for Black History Month (also known as Black-Owned Business Excellence Month) and a host of other workshops and training scheduled for throughout February. This event builds on and extends many efforts to build connections with and between Black-focused business groups and entrepreneurs. The conference will start at 9 a.m. with the Minority Business Diversity Association giving a state of address on Black-Owned Businesses.

We will be hosting breakout sessions which will include Panel Discussions, Workshops and Training, Business Coaching, Marketing and Networking, Financial Management, & Strategic Business Planning.

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.