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, October 11th | 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.

*Drop-In Business Coaching | Tuesday, October 11th | 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 IN-PERSON or VIRTUAL drop-in Business Coaching on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Cybersecurity Part 3: Systems | Tuesday, October 11th | 1:00pm | FREE

Small businesses are under cyber and data-breach attacks more than ever given the current climate. Cyber attacks happen every day, and for a small business they can be very costly and cripple business operations. Having your systems and information compromised is not only a direct threat to your confidential data, it can also ruin your relationships with customers and cause legal vulnerability. It is imperative to learn how to boost your cyber defense systems. This series was developed to help small businesses be cyber safe. This webinar is the first in a four-part series; please register for each session individually.

Grow With A Pro – Insurance | Tuesday, October 18th | 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.

WA STEP Export Voucher Program | Tuesday, October 18th | 1:00pm | FREE

Does your company currently sell to international clients including those in Canada? Are you interested in selling internationally but have concerns over export-related expenses? The State of Washington Department of Commerce administers the Export Voucher program, which seeks to increase the number of small businesses that export. During this webinar, we invite the STEP Program Manager to address questions we frequently hear from small businesses. Join us to learn how you can use the STEP funding to support your international business activities.

Topics include:

    1.       What is the STEP Program, and how does it work?
    2.       Who is eligible and how to apply.
    3.       Export assistance resources at the Washington SBDC, the Washington State Department of Commerce, and other organizations.

SE PTAC/SBDC Business Roundtable | Thursday, October 20th | 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.

*ASPIRE: Entrepreneurship for Military Spouses | Thursday, October 20th | 6:00pm | FREE

ASPIRE is a 4-week program that introduces the topics of entrepreneurship within a virtual class setting. During this program, students will have the opportunity to explore, develop and expand business ideas while learning about business basics such as value creation, market research, and financial sustainability. The final week of the program ends with a celebratory networking event with fellow entrepreneurs and community supporters. Pre-registration required.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Friday, October 21st | 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 VIRTUAL drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Grow With A Pro – Legal | Tuesday, October 25th | 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.

Cybersecurity Part 4: Implementation | Tuesday, October 25th | 1:00pm | FREE

Small businesses are under cyber and data-breach attacks more than ever given the current climate. Cyber attacks happen every day, and for a small business they can be very costly and cripple business operations. Having your systems and information compromised is not only a direct threat to your confidential data, it can also ruin your relationships with customers and cause legal vulnerability. It is imperative to learn how to boost your cyber defense systems. This series was developed to help small businesses be cyber safe. This webinar is the first in a four-part series; please register for each session individually.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Friday, November 4th | 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 VIRTUAL drop-in Business Coaching on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

*Drop-In Business Coaching | Tuesday, November 8th | 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 IN-PERSON or VIRTUAL drop-in Business Coaching on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10am-2pm! Click below to schedule your appointment today!

Business Expert Session: Loan Readiness | Thursday, November 10th | 11:30am | FREE

One of the most important aspects of loan readiness is your credit score – we’re going to talk about the sometimes exciting, sometimes scary, often complicated world of credit! We’ll focus on personal credit and teach you how to get a perfect credit score in 2023.

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.