City of Tacoma – RFB – Homeless Encampment Mitigation – CT22-0080F – Due 7/19/22

Due Date: July 19, 11 AM
Pre-Proposal Meeting: A pre-proposal meeting will not be held.
Project Scope: Breakdown, cleaning and disposal for removal of homeless encampments in accordance with
the City of Tacoma’s standard operating procedure.
Estimate: $2,000,000


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Port of Tacoma – RFP – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consulting Services – 071588

Due date: July 29, 2PM
Procurement Summary: The Port of Tacoma is seeking a consultant to work, in collaboration with the Port’s DEI workgroup, on DEI awareness/training and workplan development that leads to the creation of a DEI Plan.
The Port of Tacoma requests proposals from consultant firms with expertise in providing professional consulting services in the area of DEI. The Port of Tacoma is seeking the development of a Port of Tacoma-wide DEI training program for our employees. This program would include policy development, employee training modules, conducting initial employee training, and providing the Port of Tacoma with a framework to carry forward this work independently. In addition, the Port of Tacoma seeks assistance in reviewing policies, practices, and community outreach and engagement through a DEI lens.

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Inaugural Juneteenth Royal Ball

Black Owned Business Excellence (BOBE) presents:
𝗜𝗻𝗮𝘂𝗴𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗥𝗼𝘆𝗮𝗹 𝗕𝗮𝗹𝗹
“This is the Inaugural year that the state of Washington recognizes Juneteenth as a legal state paid holiday on Monday, June 20, 2022. As Black Folks and allies, we have been celebrating Juneteenth for years. This government recognition is cause for a bigger celebration. Black-Owned Business Excellence (BOBE) in partnership with many other collaborators are cultivating the recognition of this holiday with this Inaugural Juneteenth Royal Ball that reclaims and redefines Community here in Washington.”
Although tickets for this event are sold out, you can join the waitlist here:…/2022-inaugural-juneteenth…

KeyBank’s Key4Women, TheWMarketplace, UW and UWT to host women-owned business pitch contest

KeyBank’s Key4Women program, TheWMarketplace, University of Washington Foster School of Business, and University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business are collaborating to host a business pitch contest for women-owned businesses located in Seattle and Greater Puget Sound. Opportunities for start-ups and existing businesses will be offered, with cash awards totaling over $47,000. The grand prize winner will earn $20,000.

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Port of Tacoma – RFB – WUT Fender System Replacement Completion – 071678 – Due 6/2/22

Port of Tacoma – RFB – WUT Fender System Replacement Completion – 071678

Due Date: June 2, 2PM
Procurement Summary: The Work required for this Project includes but is not limited to: Demolition of the existing fender systems including the precast concrete fender piles, steel walers, chains, cables, and arch fenders. Installation of new fender systems that include cone fenders, UHMW-PE faced steel fender panels, chains, and anchorages.
Estimated Cost Range: Estimated cost range is $900,000 to $1,100,000, plus Washington State Sales Tax (WSST).

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SBA Launches T.H.R.I.V.E, Executive Level Business Training Program

Registration open now through May 31st, 2022, for cohorts in Seattle and Spokane

SBA’s T.H.R.I.V.E (Train, Hope, Rise, Innovate, Venture, Elevate) is an executive-level training series designed to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses across the United States. Formerly known as Emerging Leaders, T.H.R.I.V.E Emerging Leaders Reimagined is a six-month, intensive training series including in-person coaching, self-paced instruction, mentoring, and classroom time. The program allows participants to work with a network of experienced subject matter experts in core business topics like accounting, business strategy, marketing, and human resources customized for the unique needs of small business owners. Read more

MBDA Grant Announcements

The U.S. Minority Business Development Agency has announced Three Grant Competitions that are currently accepting applications:

MBDA Business Center Grant Competition

The Minority Business Development Agency is seeking proposals from eligible entities to operate MBDA Business Centers in six new locations including: Arkansas, Indiana, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Deadline: Applications must be submitted to no later than June 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST

Minority Colleges and Universities Grant Competition

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) made a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), totaling an estimated $1.8 million in federal grants, for qualified organizations to develop entrepreneurship programs for students at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The grants will be for a two-year term but funded one year at a time.
Deadline: Applications must be submitted to no later than May 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST

Access to Capital: Innovative Finance Grant Competition

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) seeks market solutions to the barriers of access to capital that acknowledge lack of traditional collateral/assets as an impediment for minority business enterprises (MBEs) . The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) requests applications from qualified organizations for projects addressing these historical barriers by leveraging non-traditional financial resources. The projects can utilize technical assistance models, pilot innovative solutions, leverage technology, advance research and data, or provide education to non-traditional lenders.
Applications must be submitted to no later than June 5, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST

For additional details, official press releases, and to register for the Pre-Application Conference series for the competitions, visit

How to become 8(a) Certified!

Learn how to become 8(a) Certified! – Recorded Webinar
Watch this recorded webinar to receive answers to the following questions:
Is becoming 8(a) certified important to your business? What impact in revenue will this have on your business? Will the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act require you to be 8(a) certified? Who can assist you with the certification process? Read more

Umpqua Bank Crowdfunding Partnership Accelerates No-Cost Financing for BIPOC, Women Entrepreneurs

Umpqua Bank – as part of the bank’s Small Business Empowerment Program – announced a partnership with Kiva, a nonprofit unlocking capital through crowd-funded loans for entrepreneurs, to spark the creation and growth of BIPOC and women-owned businesses through a new $1M Umpqua Bank Managed Loan Fund.

The fund will sit on Kiva’s innovative crowd-funding platform and will enable minority and women entrepreneurs across Umpqua Bank’s six state footprint to apply for a 0% interest loan up to $15,000.

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BINW Blog: What Is The New $600 Digital Transaction Rule With The IRS? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Online sales boomed during the pandemic, and the government took note. A lot of micro businesses have depended on third-party apps like Venmo and Cash App this entire time. This seems like a good solution, but only for the short term. If your side hustle, micro business, hobby selling, or reselling business will make digital transactions totaling $600 or more this year through these apps, it will need to be reported to the IRS. This new rule went into effect beginning January 1, 2022. This means you will need to monitor your income this year to report it in 2023. Read more