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 – Banking | Tuesday, December 7th | 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’s Next for Small Business after Covid Relief Funding? | Tuesday, December 7th

10:00am-11:00am | FREE

December is the last month to apply for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Relief program, one of several government relief programs targeted to small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. This webinar will cover information you need to know about the EIDL and other capital resources, including:

    • Latest information on Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advances
    • Updates on the Employee Retention Tax Credit
    • Other state and local relief programs
    • What’s coming next
    • Question and answer

Subcontractor Opportunities: Pierce Transit & Sabyr | Wednesday, December 8th

2:00pm-3:00pm | FREE

Join Saybr Contractors and Pierce Transit for an online introduction to Job Order Contracting (JOC), along with and overview of currently bidding and upcoming projects.

A great opportunity for Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Small Business Enterprise, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, and Veteran-Owned Businesses. Companies interested in getting started with Job Order Contracting or those with JOC experience are strongly encouraged to attend.

Conversion-Boosting Strategies | Thursday, December 9th | 10:00am | FREE

Shopping cart abandonment is a growing concern for all types of online sellers, from small businesses to the biggest names in e-commerce. Regardless of how much effort your business puts into building and launching an engaging site and driving customers to it, there are many reasons why users add items to their carts and leave without making a purchase.

You’ll learn about:

    • Optimizing your e-commerce site to help boost conversions
    • The do’s and don’ts that could make a difference to your cart abandonment rate and your bottom line
    • How to build a customer journey that can help you convert, from your homepage to your checkout process
    • Improving buyer confidence and order completion with the right returns strategy

Angel Investment for Start-Ups | Thursday, December 9th | 11:30am | FREE

A high-level presentation on options for funding your startup or new business from the angel investor viewpoint.

This presentation will cover:

    • What is angel investment? How is it different from other funding options?
    • Common myths
    • What Angel Investors are looking for
    • Is it the best funding option for your business?
    • Pros and cons of having an Angel Investor

Leadership & Management in Times of Crisis | Friday, December 10th | 9:00am | FREE

Please join PTAC with guest speakers Dan Mahoney and Alex Barrouk from ABCD to learn more about the subjects below plus time for Q & A.

    • Foundations of leadership – principles for all conditions.
    • Preparing with organizational resilience before any crisis.
    • Diagnosing the challenges – technical or adaptive?
    • Tools for creative problems solving.
    • Communications during a crisis.
    • A crisis leadership case study – Renesas Electronics and the 2011 Great Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – with participant engagement.

Grow with a Pro – Accounting | Tuesday, December 14th | 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.

Marketing for 2022 | Tuesday, December 14th | 10:00am | FREE

2022 will bring in some fundamental changes to the way we market our products and services, requiring us to adjust strategies, campaigns, and budget. Identifying opportunities now and preparing a thoughtful, streamlined, and inventive marketing plan that is relevant to today’s consumer mindset and industry shifts will allow you to accelerate your financial goals and competitive edge.

Maximizing Profits by Optimizing Pricing | Tuesday, December 14th | 1:00pm | FREE

Small business owners continue to navigate many challenges. Now more than ever, it is important to maximize your business’s pricing strategies to drive profit and help ensure sustainability. From gross margin per item (al a carte strategy) and quantity/size combinations (component pricing strategy) to the applicability in both product- and service-based businesses, every business owner can realize valuable takeaways from this innovative webinar. In this webinar you will learn:

The two functions of price and their effects on customers
The different pricing strategies and how to leverage those which work best for your business and industry
How to increase revenue, maximize profit, and build customer loyalty through effective pricing strategies

Wednesday with the Deputy | Wednesday, December 15th | 9:00am | FREE

Wednesday with the Deputy is an opportunity for Industry partners to meet with the Deputy for Small Business from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Keyport Division, and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS/IMF). Learn more about the types of supplies and service contract opportunities, set-aside opportunities, and how to do business with NUWC Keyport and PSNS/IMF.

Get Found Without Using Your Home Address | Thursday, December 16th

10:00am-11:00am | FREE

STOP! Before you show your home address on your Google My Business page, check out this workshop! If you are using your home address in your Google My Business listing, or you haven’t created an account because you don’t want to use your home address on such a public forum, then this workshop is for you.

This session is specifically tailored to the unique needs of entrepreneurs who do not have a storefront or brick and mortar but want to capitalize on the benefits of Google search to bring more awareness to your brand and get more sales.

Grow with a Pro – Insurance | Tuesday, December 21st | 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 with a Pro – Legal | Tuesday, December 28th | 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.

Critical Questions for Proper Business Planning | Tuesday, December 28th

10:00am-11:00am | FREE

You have decided to start a business and fulfill your entrepreneurial spirit and dream of working for yourself. Starting a business is a tough decision and needs proper planning. Believe it or not, there are several ways to methodically ask yourself the proper questions to determine if you are ready and what you need to do. Join this hands-on webinar session which will cover:

  • The basics of a business plan and will provide a few samples
  • A step-by-step process to develop the key information for your business plan
  • What you will need in order to do a simple business plan for yourself and a more detailed business plan if you need a bank loan
  • and more!

Leadership Roundtable: Let’s Talk Inclusion | Tuesday, December 28th | 12:00pm | FREE

During this recurring monthly meeting, held on the last Tuesday of each month from 12 noon to 1 pm (PST), participants will enjoy Videos from Community & Business Leaders, engage in Poll Questions, and actively engage with others on a Journey to create “Inclusion for All”.

2022’s Hottest Businesses, Markets, & Trends | Thursday, January 6th | 10:00am | FREE

Will 2022 be a year of recovery or discovery? Or perhaps a bit of both? The start of a new year is the perfect time for small business owners and startups to learn the newest business trends and startup ideas. And while we’re still facing a lot of unknowns in 2022, there are some things we do know.

Join this timely webinar where you’ll learn about the breakthrough small business ideas and industries that excite consumers. You’ll find out about America’s changing demographics, attitudes, and consumer behaviors, and how your small business can best adapt and address them.

Follow-up Strategies | Thursday, January 6th | 12:00pm | FREE

In the Follow Up Sales Strategies Presentation, you’ll learn why using a system is critical for success, follow-up systems that don’t work, how the right mindset will make the follow-up process easier, surprising sales statistics, the real reason people don’t follow up, 3 strategies that will improve your follow-up efforts immediately, and more! Improving your follow up skills will help you get more clients and close more sales!

PTAC & SBDC First Friday Follow-up | Friday, January 7th | 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 your local PTAC Counselor and SBDC Advisor. Bring your questions regarding government contracting and learn from knowledgeable Small Business Experts.

10 Key Steps to Grow Your Solo Business | Thursday, January 20th | 10:00am | FREE

Starting a business is not easy, but successfully building a business that brings in profit is even more difficult. So how can you grow your solo business into a profitable brand that will enable you to live the life you want to live? Join successful entrepreneur Ramon Ray, who has started four companies and sold two, as he shares his journey and best tips with you.

Black-Owned Business Excellence | Tuesday, February 1st | 9:00am-12:30pm | FREE

BLACK-OWNED BUSINESS EXCELLENCE is a collaboration of different organizations and individuals coming together to support, educate, inspire and elevate businesses that are owned by underserved business owners in Washington State. Join the discussion about the current state and future of Black Businesses in Washington.

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.