May Events Bulletin | Washington MBDA Business Center


Please see below for small business webinars and online workshops.


Govology Courses
Free for WA MBDA Clients

Through our partnership with Govology, the premier provider of government market education, clients of Washington MBDA Business Center have complimentary access to a vast array of training (i.e., live webinars and on-demand courses) that will empower you to grow, improve, and prosper by doing business with government agencies. Contact us to learn how to to receive your special discount code through Washington MBDA Business Center and start learning today!

Govology courses coming up in May:

Keeping Your Contract Award Through Bid Protest Intervention
May 9, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT, Online
Have you ever received an award notice, only to be told several days later that the contract is on hold, all because of a bid protest filed by a disgruntled competitor? If so, you may know how hard it can be to find answers and how quickly you can miss an important deadline in the meantime. In this webinar, experienced government contracting attorney Maria Panichelli will provide you with the roadmap and resources necessary to defend against the protest, keep the contract you earned, and keep your costs down.

Winning Strategies and Proven Best Practices for Government Prospecting (2023 Update)
May 16, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT, Online
In this educational, fast-paced, high-energy, and thought-provoking webinar, you will learn basic and advanced tactics and strategies for accelerating small business government sales. You will learn: the difference between acquisition and pre-acquisition and how much time successful companies spend in each phase; the most common small business challenges and what you can do to minimize them; and which prospecting and business development methods are weak, robust, and core to your sales strategy.

Top 21 Legal Mistakes in Government Contracting (2023 Update)
May 18, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT, Online
Government contracting law is complex, and the rules aren’t always intuitive. As a result, many contractors make the same legal mistakes, involving everything from completing SAM profiles to calculating small business size to communicating with government contracting officers. In this webinar, experienced government contracting attorneys Nicole Pottroff and Greg Weber will unveil the top 21 most common legal mistakes they see contractors make time and time again. You will learn what these common mistakes are and how to avoid them.

Building Your Past Performance Library 
May 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT, Online
When your contract is over, there is a failsafe way to keep the memory alive and create an archive for future opportunities. Certain awards garner a Contractor Performance Assessment Report (CPAR), but what should you do when they don’t? In this webinar, Sheila Hamilton (Sheila Lee & Associates) will teach you how to create your past performance library. In addition, she will explain the differences between past performance and experience and discuss building your network.

Recurring Workshops and Training Series

[NEW] Achieve More Workshop Series [WA MBDA]
Various Dates - Click link above to select workshop, Online
The Achieve More workshop Series is a response to your communicated interest in Technical Assistance, workshop and training opportunities. The WA MBDA Business Center in collaboration with our partners are offering a series of educational opportunities spanning the following topics:

Small Business Cybersecurity Webinar Series [SBDC]
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.

Part 1 - Protection - May 9, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PDT
Part 2 - Authentication - May 23, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PDT
Part 3 - Systems - June 6, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PDT
Part 4 - Implementation - June 20, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PDT

Skanska Spring 2023 Construction Management Building Block
March 7 - May 9, Online & In-Person
Skanska is accepting application for its Western Region Spring 2023 cohort (March 7 - May 9). Applications will close on Friday, February 17th. You will receive notification by Friday, February 24nd if accepted into the program. Eligibility includes being a firm with two years of active work, and having a contractor license by the State Board. 

Tabor 100 and OMWBE Certification Class
Monthly - See dates below, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM PT @ Tabor 100, Tukwila, WA
Washington State office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises will be at the Tabor 100 helping for get your business certified. This is a critical step in owning your own business and gaining visibility to prime contractors and agencies in WA state. Join us and elevate your business!
Dates: May 17, July 19, September 13, November 15

Are You Ready to Export? Wednesday Webinars with SBA Seattle District
Every Fourth Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT, Online

Serving Washington state and northern Idaho - is an ongoing series of free, virtual webinars covering a variety of topics to benefit small business owners. On the fourth Wednesday of each month, we will be focusing on export assistance, featuring conversations with different members of the Washington Export Outreach Team (WEOT). Established in 2013 following a national mandate to do more to support international trade, WEOT is a collaborative team of local, state, regional, and federal export assistance agencies who provide you the tools and resources you need to sell internationally.

Doing Business with City of Seattle - In-Person
Dates & Times vary - see link above for details @ Tabor 100, Tukwila, Online
Do you want to learn more about doing business with the City? Do you want to know about how the City of Seattle works with women- and minority-owned businesses? Do you have questions about working with unions on City construction projects? Do you want to share info about your business with City of Seattle staff? The City of Seattle office at the Tabor 100 Hub is OPEN. Purchasing and Contracting staff from the City of Seattle’s Department of Facilities and Administrative Services are available to talk to you. Just drop right in, no need to make an appointment!

Doing Business with the City of Seattle - Online
First Fridays of each month, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT, Online
Join City of Seattle for “First Fridays” online to meet Purchasing and Contracting staff who are part of purchasing, consultant contracting and construction/public works teams. Three sessions are offered at at once so choose the one you’re interested in!
Separate online workshops are available same day in Spanish, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Primer Viernes del mes 

GovCon Coffee & Issues Podcast (With Carroll Bernard & Michael LeJeune) [Govology]
First Wednesdays of every month, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT, Online
This is Govology's weekly forum where they discuss and solve issues faced by small businesses pursuing government market opportunities. Join us for a live webcast and take part in the conversation. Get feedback on your issue and ask follow-up questions.

Coffee Chats with Economic Alliance Snohomish County
Tuesdays, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PT, Online
Get your morning buzz! During Coffee Chats, we will give you updates on relevant topics over your morning coffee. These virtual discussions will be casual and a perfect opportunity to have your questions answered. Grab your coffee and join us…

University of Washington Supplier Orientation [UW]
Monthly - see dates below, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PT, Online

The orientations will provide a learning opportunity to assist in navigating potential business prospects at the University and with other state agencies, as well as educational and other resources to assist businesses. Orientation sessions are virtual and will include representatives from the University and other regional business development agencies.
Dates: May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7

Grow with a Pro [Business Impact NW]
Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM PT
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.

  • First Tuesday of Every Month:
    Neura Conejo – Banking Professional – Umpqua Bank
  • Second Tuesday of Every Month:
    Lily Tran – Tax Professional – Tax-u-Sign
  • Third Tuesday of Every Month:
    Andrew Peoples – Insurance Professional – Parker, Smith & Feek
  • Fourth Tuesday of Every Month:
    Michael Jonas – Legal Professional – Rational Unicorn Legal Services PC

PTAC & SBDC First Friday Follow-Up
Every first Friday of each month
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 how to grow your business Learn more about these two resources and how to incorporate new strategies and tactics.

Events, Webinars and Training in May 2023

2023 Small Business Awards Gala [SCORE]
May 3, 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM PDT @ Museum of Flight, Seattle
The 2023 Washington State Small Business Awards Gala is an event that recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs and small businesses in Washington State. The Gala is held annually during National Small Business Week. The event, hosted by SCORE Greater Seattle Chapter, will recognize local small business award winners.

Buying or Selling an Existing Business Step by Step [SCORE]
May 5, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT, Online
This 3-hour workshop is designed to give you plenty of practical exercises to give you, the future business owner, real steps to take away and the skills and know-how that you’ll need for: Finding a business to buy; Evaluating an offer to sell a business; Performing the necessary review and due diligence on the business you want to buy; Determining a fair purchase price and negotiating the deal; Understanding the various financing options available to you; Bringing the purchase of the business to a win-win conclusion.

Building Bridges to Global Markets [US Department of Commerce]
May 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ World Trade Center Seattle
Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, as part of our Global Diversity Export Initiative. Designed to connect SMEs in underserved communities with global business opportunities.  Discuss issues relevant to diverse businesses that are seeking international sales expansion and introduce reliable contacts, accurate information, and ready-to-use resources. Hear about exporting essentials and available resources. Learn about trade finance & access to capital. Place your organization firmly on the road to exporting success. Plus, take advantage of the opportunity to meet and network with trade experts.

Operational Efficiencies - Achieve More Workshop [WA MBDA]
May 9, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT, Online
The Achieve More workshop Series is a response to your communicated interest in Technical Assistance, workshop and training opportunities. The WA MBDA Business Center in collaboration with our partners are offering a series of educational opportunities spanning various topics.

Resources to Grow your Small Business Through Exporting [SBA Alaska]
May 9, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT, Online
Selling internationally can help protect your bottom line from the ebbs and flows of one domestic market, while granting you access to more buyers. Learn about access to markets, access to capital, and access to resources to help your business enter the global marketplace! Join experts from the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Commercial Services, EX-IM Bank, and the AK Small Business Development Center to learn how you can: Access export resources; Find international buyers; Obtain financing; Protect your foreign receivables.

Steps Leading to a Federal Contract [PTAC]
May 10, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM PDT, Online
The federal government's process to award a contract is like nothing you've experienced before. There are multiple steps to complete, in order to compete and be awarded a federal contract. You will learn: Each required step to complete for a federal contract; Efficiency Tips and Tricks; How to get solicitations as soon as they are posted on; Two extra bonus topics regarding post award (debriefs & contractor performance evaluations).

Search Engine Optimization (“SEO”) 101 [PTAC]
May 11, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT, Online
We will talk through techniques for conducting basic keyword research that every business owner should do for their business. Next, we’ll review strategies for using those good keyword phrases that you’d like to be found by in order to demonstrate to search engines that your content is relevant, so that you may draw more traffic to your web site. Finally, we’ll cover how to set up your Google My Business page, and how to use all of the social media platforms where you have a presence, to improve your SEO.

Government Contracting 101 [PTAC]
May 15, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT, Online
Growing your business through government contracts can be a bit daunting at first. Discover tools and information that can help you determine who in state and local government buys what you sell, how they buy it, and how you can prepare your firm to succeed in the public marketplace. You’ll also be introduced to certifications and resources that may help you gain an edge on the competition.

Contract Review & Legal Disputes - Achieve More Workshop [WA MBDA]
May 16, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT, Online
The Achieve More workshop Series is a response to your communicated interest in Technical Assistance, workshop and training opportunities. The WA MBDA Business Center in collaboration with our partners are offering a series of educational opportunities spanning various topics.

Veteran Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Programs [SBA]
May 17, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT, Online
Certification with SBA allows service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) to compete for federal sole-source and set-aside contracts across the federal government. Certified veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) have additional opportunities to pursue sole-source and set-aside contracts at the Veterans Administration (VA) under the VA’s Vets First program. Join us this week to learn about program eligibility, benefits, and opportunities available to VOSBs and SDVOSBs.

State Contracting Opportunities & Open House - Zoom Meeting [WA DES]
Two dates: May 18 & June 15, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM PT, Online
On the third Thursday of the month, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) facilitates an interactive conversation with state procurement professionals who can provide information and insight on how to do business with the state. 
Join us for this virtual event where we will discuss a variety of topics, including: Introduction to state contracting; How to find upcoming contracting opportunities; Where to get technical assistance; Where to find additional training; opportunity for questions and answers.

Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) 101 [PTAC/APEX]
May 19, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT - Online
The Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program provides seed money to small businesses who are developing cutting edge technologies that may help federal agencies meet their research and development needs. If you are an R&D firm or developing high tech you may be a good match for this program. Our presentation will cover the basics of the program including: What the program is; Who is a good fit; Which federal agencies participate; How to find opportunities. We wrap up each presentation with a LIVE Q&A and welcome audience participation!

Technology & Equipment Training: Assessing the Need Achieve More Workshop [WA MBDA] 
May 23, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT, Online
The Achieve More workshop Series is a response to your communicated interest in Technical Assistance, workshop and training opportunities. The WA MBDA Business Center in collaboration with our partners are offering a series of educational opportunities spanning various topics.

Celebrating Dreams - Reconnecting with Joy [WWBC]
May 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT @ Metropolist, Seattle, WA
Celebrating Dreams 2023 will provide opportunities for participants to connect with other female entrepreneurs, mentors, community partners, resources, and leaders to celebrate female entrepreneurship. Hosted by Washington Women's Business Center.