Are you a small business owner? Are you thinking about starting your own business? Are you figuring out taxes? There are plenty of workshops and resources where you can get free helpful advice right here in Seattle.
Small business owners are part of a community- one that is very important to Seattle. The 532,162 small businesses in Washington are located in every community and neighborhood. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA,) small businesses employ 54.7 percent of Washington’s non-farm private sector workers.
Advice is available through many channels for small business owners, and a number of workshops coming up can help you start your business or position your business for success.
The Northwest Washington Women’s Business Center is offering a number of workshops in the coming weeks:
On March 28 there will be a Small Business JumpStart Orientation session for those who want to start a business. Topics that are covered include how to write a business plan, how to research your market and how to prepare financial statements that will help you get funded. After attending Orientation, you may make arrangements to meet with a NWWBC Business Assistance Officer for further guidance. Individual consultations are offered free of charge.
Also on March 28 there is a workshop for Alternative Financing in Starting a Business which will teach entrepreneurs how to creatively get started.
On April 2 the 8-week Launch and Grow Workshop series begins. Launch and Grow will run from April 2 to May 21, with weekly meetings on topics like putting together a business plan, marketing successfully, financing your business, and filing taxes for a small business. There is a fee for this 8-event workshop series.
The Small Business Administration’s Seattle Office is also providing a number of workshops at the SBA Education and Training Center, located at the Fourth & Battery Building. Be sure to check their calendar for events, here are a couple of upcoming workshops:
There will be a March 28 Small Business State and Local Tax Workshop to learn more about how to fulfill your tax obligations as a small business. This is a recurring and free monthly event.
On April 2, the SBA will offer a Government Contracting Workshop with information on federal government certifications for your business, management and technical assistance resource to help you sell products to the government, and how to prepare your small firm for taking a government contract as well as other business opportunities. This is also a free monthly event which will run all year.
Make the most of these great resources available and take advantage of these free workshops to start or grow your business.