2017 Elevator Pitch Competition

Is your business pitch on point? Need capital infusion? Enter the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition now!
You’ve got nothing to lose. Just record and upload your best business pitch that’s less than two minutes (please), and send it to Black Enterprise.  See details here:  http://bit.ly/2lMkkbG Read more

RFI S. Tacoma Way

Request for Interest: For Lease – South Tacoma Business District

The City of Tacoma Neighborhood and Community Services Department is seeking a private partner to train and employ youth between the ages of 16-24 years old.  Entrepreneurs are invited to express their interest to the City of Tacoma Community of Economic Development Department for the leasing of 1,500 sq. ft of commercial space located at 5401 S. Tacoma Way in the South Tacoma Neighborhood Business District. Read more

John Rodenberg speaking at the VIBE presentation

Cash Flow – UW Tacoma VIBE Brown Bag Session

In Autumn quarter 2016, VIBE held a series of Brown Bag sessions to inform and educate business owners in the area.  Our MBDA Tacoma team had a chance to drop in and listen to a guest speaker, John Rodenberg from Small Business Development Center (SBDC), talk about cash flow.  John Rodenberg is an experienced business consultant, mentor, and advisor – and he can be all of the above and more, depending on what kind of business help is needed.  John reminded about the importance of businesses being aware of their cash flow.   Read more

Bahn Sip Song Thai Bistro and Sports Bar

Lao Community Outreach

Helping minority businesses involves reaching out to the community, connecting with people, and learning about their ideas, needs, and expectations.  This December, the Lao community has welcomed MBDA and its partners to host an outreach event at Bahn Sip Song, a Thai Bistro and Sports Bar.  The goal of the event was to get members of the Lao community together and learn about options to grow or start their business.  The evening began with our special guests from various organizations sharing how to use the tools and services available to gain access to capital, expand a business, as well as financing and preparing for export. We thank the following guests for speaking about how their organizations help to grow business: Read more