MBDA-Tacoma Business Center provides technical, strategic, marketing and planning services, and business consulting to established minority-owned firms.
Technical Assistance from Trusted Community Messengers (Washington State Department of Commerce)
Culturally and linguistically relevant assistance for business owners and organizations affected by COVID-19.
Amber Grant for Women
WomensNet gives away up to $10,000 every month in the form of grants. The grant is aimed at women entrepreneurs.
A regional nonprofit CDFI that provides loans to businesses and people. Craft3 tends to lend to established nonprofits and growing and startup businesses, including those that don’t qualify for traditional loans.
King County Small Contractor and Supplier Certification (King County)
Washington State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises (Washington State)
The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) is the sole certifying entity of minority and women owned businesses for the state of Washington. The office provides state and federal certifications that are needed to do business with state or federal government. OMWBE exists to fulfill its mission to educate and empower small and disadvantaged businesses in small business and procurement opportunities.
- Certification: State certified firms are eligible to participate in contracting opportunities with state and local governments. Some private sector companies recognize and use OMWBE’s state certified firms for their supplier diversity goals.
- Directory of Certified Firms: Locate and notify certified firms of upcoming procurement and contracting opportunities.
- Linked Deposit Program: Any firm currently certified by OMWBE can enroll in the program to get access to capital with an interest rate reduction up to two percent (2%).
Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (Washington State)
Enterprise Services develops and oversees about 1,000 Washington state contracts for various goods and services. The department offers thousands of vendors and contractors access to open and competitive business opportunities to achieve the best results for state agencies, cities, counties and non-profit organizations. A Social Security Number (SSN) is not needed to do business with the state of Washington. Instead of an SSN,, a vendor can obtain a federal employer identification number (EIN). Download the statewide vendor registration form, which allows vendors to do business with Washington, here.
Washington’s Electronic Business Solution (Washington State)
WEBS is an internet-based bid notification system that many state agencies and educational institutions use to notify businesses of opportunities.
Joining the Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program makes a business eligible to compete for federal contracts set aside for the program. Firms can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs they qualify for.
Training and Coaching