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 – Accounting | Tuesday, September 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.

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.

Business Roundtable | Thursday, September 16th | 10:00am | 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.

Paul Bowen with the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will also be available to answer your questions about growing your business.

Marketing that Converts | Thursday, September 16th | 11:00am | FREE

In today’s world, social media content is essential for connecting with potential customers. Content marketing is a proven strategy to generate ongoing traffic, build trust, and increase sales. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for every business. Join us for this interactive webinar on creating digital content that will help you convert your audience into paying customers.

After this webinar, you’ll be able to develop a strategic and achievable plan to stay connected to your audience, attract new fans, and promote your offerings — based on your unique strengths. This session is for any business that can use strategies to communicate with their audience and create messaging that converts to sales…in other words, any business model will benefit!

Using QR Codes | Tuesday, September 21st | 1:00pm | FREE

This webinar is an introduction about how QR codes can enhance your retail business. Topics covered will include:

Why use QR codes?
Succeeding with QR codes in retail
Managing purchase fulfillment expectations
Shipping solutions that work
Managing inventory across multiple platform

How to Write a Business Plan | Thursday, September 23rd | 11:00am | 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.

Labor Standards Ordinances Deep Dive | Thursday, September 23rd

11:30am | FREE

Join us for this webinar as we speak with a representative from the Seattle Office of Labor Standards regarding the 2021 labor ordinances, including:

Minimum Wage
Paid Sick & Safe Time (PSST)
Fair Chance Employment
Wage Theft
Commuter Benefits
Q&A

Grow with a Pro – Legal | Tuesday, September 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.

Square One: Intro to Business Impact NW | Tuesday, September 28th | 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.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Tuesday, September 28th | 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.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Thursday, September 30th | 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 2nd and last Thursday of every month from 10am-2pm.

Grow with a Pro – Banking | Tuesday, October 5th | 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 – Accounting | Tuesday, October 12th | 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.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Thursday, October 14th | 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 2nd and last Thursday of every month from 10am-2pm.

Leading with Confidence | Thursday, October 14th | 11:30am-1:00pm | FREE

No matter how we present ourselves to the outside world, internally, we often struggle with our inner critic that is telling us we are not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough… overall not enough. The number one way to improve self confidence is to control the stories we tell ourselves.

This will be an interactive session, where you will journal on your beliefs and how your inner critic and fear may be holding you back. By becoming aware of the story we tell ourselves, you can change the dialog and increase your confidence. This workshop will provide the tools you need to improve your confidence.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Tuesday, October 26th | 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.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Thursday, October 28th | 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 2nd and last Thursday of every month from 10am-2pm.

Grow with a Pro – Accounting | Tuesday, November 9th | 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.

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.

Virtual Drop-In Business Coaching | Tuesday, November 23rd | 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.

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.