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Small Business Week Opportunities

May 2, 2014 by

by Trisha Broughton, Mountain Loop exPress Staff

small-business-weekRecently, the Granite Falls community had the privilege of congratulating Fred Schule and Paul Clark of Cobalt Enterprises, Inc. as the Small Business Persons of the Year for Washington State. Dedication, hard work and adherence to admirable ethics and business principals have produced a company worthy and deserving of this prestigious award.

Cobalt Enterprises and its principals have first-hand experience and a keen understanding of the value of the resources at the Small Business Administration and have availed themselves of some of the benefits throughout the years.

National Small Business Week – May 12 – 16, 2014

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. More information is available on the SBA’s website.

Several events will be held during the week leading up to National Small Business Week, some live and others, online. With additional seminars and webinars planned during the designated week and more events planned throughout the remainder of the year, the 2014 agenda has many resources available to help grow Granite Falls’ businesses.

Providing Hot Tips to Improve Your Business!
Tue, May 6, 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Meeting Description: Entertaining Program  Available Only Via Phone-in Access.
Listeners’ Instructions: Dial in toll free on any telephone. Dial 1-888-844-9904. When prompted dial access code 5547756#. Then # again to listen to the live show. (We encourage you to put the show on a speaker phone so your employees can listen as well!) Spokane, WA; Get your pen and paper ready to write down three hot tips that you can put to use to help improve your business IMMEDIATLEY. That is what the Spokane Branch Office of the US Small Business Administration plans to deliver to you in every broadcast of “SBA Live”. Our radio talk show style 30 minute broadcast developed to deliver immediately useable information to small businesses across the country. The program is also dedicated to featuring the offerings of one SBA resource partner per show and will also offer interesting and little known facts about doing business in the Inland Northwest (comprised of Eastern Washington and North Idaho.) To listen to a recording of April’s SBA Live!, dial the USA Toll-free telephone number 1-877-471-6587 or USA Caller Paid telephone number 1-402-970-2667 and enter program ID 7994 9581 5004# If dialing in from outside the USA, dial the USA Caller Paid telephone number to listen to the conference call recording. NOTE: You will experience an extended delay before the recording begins.
Show Me the Money

Wed, May 7, 1:00pm – 2:30pm – WorkSource Mountlake Terrace, 218th Street Southwest, Mountlake Terrace, WA, United States (map)
Meeting Description: FOR MORE INFO OR TO REGISTER: Contact Mimi Hetzel, SBA Seattle District Office | 206.553.7050
Federal Business Taxes, Part 1 of 2

Thu, May 8, 9am – 11am – SBA District Office – Fourth & Battery Building, 2401 Fourth Avenue, Suite 450, Seattle, WA,98121 (map)
Meeting Description: Fundamentals of federal taxes for small business owners including types of entities, record keeping requirements, accounting methods, car and truck expenses, depreciation, and other small business resources. *** Attend Virtually *** Participate from the comfort of your home or office via AT&T Connect. As a virtual attendee you can view the presentation on your computer and use your phone to listen and ask questions: (1) Log on to: (2) Enter Meeting number: 8888582144 (3) Enter Access code: 1789554 (4) Follow the prompts; choose second (lower) box option, “Web Participant Application” (5) Choose “Call Me” for the Audio Connection and enter your phone number without dashes (6) Answer the phone when it rings (7) When prompted, press 1 on your phone to join the workshop
Smart Small Business Travel: Strategic Ways to Increase Your Return on Travel
Mon, May 12, 1pm – 2pm
Meeting Description: Smart Small Business Travel: Strategic Ways to Increase Your Return on Travel. Despite the clear upside, many small business owners limit travel because of cost or a reluctance to be away from their business. Travel is an investment in your business. Like any investment, you want to maximize your return. Visa, in partnership with Marriott, has teamed up with small business expert and USA Today columnist Rhonda Abrams to create the Smart Small Business Travel program with advice and tips to help you maximize your return on travel. Join us for our 3 Keys to Increase Your Return on Travel webinar to find out how to: – Formulate your trip objectives and strategies – Turn one trip into multiple wins – Manage business back home while on the go – Get fresh perspectives to grow your business – Develop your own high return-on-travel plan
Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars
Thu, May 15, 11am – 12pm
Meeting Description: This webinar will focus on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. It will focus on both federal and state provisions to help local small business owners understand how the law will affect them. Topics being discussed include: – Small business tax credits (available to businesses and tax-exempt non-profits)— who’s eligible for them and how to claim them – Marketplace updates – Shared responsibility – Cost containment – Tools and resources available for small businesses interested in learning more about the law A question and answer period will follow. Click here to register.
Jump Start Seattle – How to Create an Effective Brand
Thu, May 15, 10:00am – 11:30am at the SBA Education & Training Center, 2401 4th Avenue, Suite 450, Seattle, WA,98121 (map)
Meeting Description: Branding is the “one thing” that impacts every aspect of your business. It is all about how customers perceive you and everything you do. Learn how to build and use your brand to create a more effective marketing strategy. Leave with 5 simple tips to save time and money, and better connect with your customers. Presenter: Whitney Keyes, Whitney Keyes Productions
Employer’s Introduction to L & I

Wed, May 21, 9am – 12pm
Meeting Description: This free workshop is essential for all business owners and managers who don’t yet have a full understanding of employer rights and responsibilities relative to the Department of Labor and Industries, or of the services and resources L&I provides. Participants will learn about workers’ compensation, quarterly reporting, critical claims management strategies, workplace safety and health requirements, wage and hour laws, and contractor registration rules. Included in the workshop: * Payroll, overtime, meal and break requirements * Keeping records and paying your works’ compensation bill * Importance to your bottom line of managing claims * Workplace safety & health requirements * Contractor registration rules. Click here for more information and registration.
In addition to access to ongoing classes and business-building information, the SBA has various financial resources, including loans and grants. One of particular to manufacturing businesses is the
Federal Assistance Grant Program for “Made in America” Companies. If your product or service is “Made in America”, your company could be eligible for up to $75,000 in matching grant funding for projects of your choice.
For more information, CLICK HERE!
For other information about grants available for small business, visit our website.
Find the help you need at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Whether you’re just starting out, experiencing growing pains, or ready to take your business to the next level,
SBDC is here for you!
Become one of the millions of entrepreneurs who have overcome challenges, discovered new opportunities and unlocked their potential with SBDC.
Contact Information:
808 134th St. SW Suite 101
Everett, WA 98204T: 425.640.1435

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