Biz Fair is the free one-day, annual event that all current and aspiring small business owners should attend in Washington. It’s hosted at the Renton Technical College and is planned by the Biz Fair Planning Committee. Biz Fair is comprised of two parts:
1. Resource Center
What: Gain valuable access to free small business information form the Biz Fair exhibitors. Exhibitors include local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as non-profit and community organizations that support small business. Learn more about this year’s Biz Fair exhibitors.
When and Where: The Resource Center is open from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Building I of Renton Technical College.
What: Sharpen your business skills by attending 90-minute seminars taught by savvy business experts who share their knowledge and real-life experiences in a no-sales environment. There are multiple seminars occurring at each time slot, so we recommend checking out the schedule in advance to choose the seminars best suited to your business needs.
When and Where: Seminars take place at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 2:45 pm in Buildings C and H of Renton Technical College. You’ll have a half hour between each session to visit the resource center or take a break.
Where to Start
Please check in when you arrive at the fair to get the final seminar schedule with room assignments, class times, and a campus map.
Where you will check in depends on the time you arrive:
- Before 9:45 am: Building C, Technology Resource Center.
- After 9:45 am: Resource Center in Building I.
The Washington Small Business Fair, or “Biz Fair,” began in 1997 as a collaborative effort of local, state, and federal government agencies and local trade organizations to put on a free one-day one-place event for aspiring and current small businesses to gain access to the knowledge and resources they need to start, grow, and thrive.
After a wildly successful first Biz Fair in 1997 and continued demand from the small business community, the agencies formed the Biz Fair Planning Committee with the aim of putting on this free event every year.
From the very beginning, the Planning Committee recognized the importance of putting on this event with a strict no-sales policy which continues to this day. The no-sales policy sets the tone for the day to be about education and free resources.
After 20 years and 20 successful, bustling events with attendance averaging between 300 – 500 visitors each year, Biz Fair continues to be the free one-day one-place event that all Washington small businesses should attend.
Grab a bite – food and beverages are available for purchase in the cafeteria, adjacent to the Resource Center.
Find out more about Biz Fair on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Special thanks to the organizations and small business owners who make up the Planning Committee for contributing their time, energy and resources to make the Biz Fair possible.