2020 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Amazon Business

Amazon Business provides its users a purchasing solution for their registered business of any size. Each business can assign users who are allowed to register and purchase business supplies on Amazon on behalf of their employers. The main administrator can add authorized users or remove them as needed, and manage payment methods, shipping addresses, approval workflows, reporting options and more, based on the needs of the business. "We provide easy access to hundreds of millions of products – everything from IT equipment to janitorial supplies – to businesses of all sizes and across industries," said Martin Rohde, director of the commercial vertical at Amazon Business.

https://www.amazon.com        Lois Rouder        lorouder@amazon.com

Association of Washington Business (AWB)

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association which includes nearly 7,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. AWB also has a longstanding record of working on behalf of companies in many other industries such as retail, wholesale, communications, services, agriculture, transportation, hospitality and construction. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing and Microsoft, more than 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10.

https://www.awb.org        Sean Heiner        SeanH@AWB.ORG

BSG Solutions

We provide one-stop solutions for Website, Online Store, Salesforce CRM, and Business Strategy. BSG Solutions is a management consulting firm that provides customized technology solutions to small and mid-size companies. BSG combines expertise in Project Management, IT Strategy, and Business Process Improvement to deliver innovative solutions. Services: Website Online store Google My Business Google Workspace Salesforce CRM Web Hosting Project Management Marketing Strategy.

https://bsg-solutions.com        Muthusamy Gurusamy        guru@bsg-solutions.com

Business Impact Northwest

Business Impact NW is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) dedicated to serving under-banked entrepreneurs. We provide coaching, classes and access to capital to community small businesses, with an emphasis on working with traditionally underserved populations – entrepreneurial low/moderate income earners, women, people of color, veterans, immigrants or members of the LGBTQ community. We have been serving the community since 1997. Business Impact NW's objective is to provide financial and technical support to entrepreneurs in economically marginalized communities who would not otherwise have access to financial services. Our lending guidelines are more flexible than traditional banks because of our community impact mission. While careful in our decision-making process, Business Impact NW is able to take considered risks on underserved small businesses in order to achieve this mission. Our loan department offers lending services in Washington State and Oregon. We offer business support services (training, coaching and classes) in Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska through various technical assistance programs, including the Washington Women's Business Center (WBC) and Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC). Business Impact NW's head offices are located in Seattle, WA.

https://businessimpactnw.org        Steve Watts-Oelrich        SteveWO@BUSINESSIMPACTNW.ORG

Comcast Business

Digital transformation is reshaping the business world with new, exciting technology solutions that enhance the customer experience and increase productivity – and that can help generate more revenue and repeat business. Comcast Business offers a secure, high-performance, scalable network solution designed for high-volume transaction processing, enhanced application performance and secure access to cloud or data center resources. Advanced network solutions help to create those memorable experiences. Comcast Business also offers voice and mobile options for a unified communications approach that helps improve communication and collaboration for a mobile workforce, advanced WiFi for always-connected customers and staff, and Managed Services for worry-free IT supported by an expert team of service professionals. Advanced network solutions help create memorable experiences, enhance customer satisfaction and employee productivity.

https://business.comcast.com/community

Sanjey Noriega        sanjey_noriega@cable.comcast.com

Sharnay Fininen        sharnay_fininen@cable.comcast.com

Grow with Google

Grow with Google offers free tools and training to help people across the United States grow their careers and businesses. Since launching in 2017, we've trained more than three million Americans on digital skills.

www.grow.google        Vanessa Chandler        vchandler@google.com

King County Finance & Business Operations Division

The Business Development and Contract Compliance (BDCC) section of King County administers the Regional Small Contractors and Suppliers (SCS) Certification Program, which applies incentives to solicitations that give small businesses, including businesses owned by minority, women and disadvantaged groups, a competitive advantage in winning County contracts. SCS certification is also recognized by the Port of Seattle, Sound Transit and Seattle Colleges. BDCC administers the King County’s Apprenticeship and Priority Hire Programs to help create a pathway to family wage jobs. Visit our website at www.kingcounty.gov/bdcc. Be sure to check out King County's procurement site for current contracting opportunities and more information on how to do business with King County

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/finance-business-operations/procurement.aspx

Laura Preftes        Laura.Preftes@kingcounty.gov

Meylah

At Meylah, we are not your typical technology company. Today’s changing world requires far more thought leadership and strategic stewardship than easy to deploy technical answers to growing global challenges. Innovative cloud-based solutions are just a part of the strong foundation for Meylah’s groundbreaking platform. Our mission is bigger, and our purpose is even greater. Building smart communities through digital transformation are at the heart of everything Meylah creates. We grant economic access for local leaders, businesses, and organizations to build sustainable places to live, work, and play, so they can thrive and grow together. We believe every business can become their own impact-driven enterprise of changemakers, rooted in generosity, education, and connectivity. This is where local and global innovation is born. This is Meylah. Igniting economic access through digital transformation. If you are looking for a technology company to help you with digital transformation, please connect with us. We offer the following: 1. Automation of business processes using Cloud Technology 2. Integrated dashboard & data Reporting Solutions 3. Digital community building with events, social media, and digital campaigns 4. Strategic consulting and business planning for digital transformation 5. Strategic partnership with cloud vendors and more Connect with us if you need a free digital-ready assessment and report for your business.

https://meylah.com        Chaitra Vedullapalli        chai@meylah.com

Pluck Business Solutions

We build businesses. Yours, quietly and expertly in the background, so you can do you. FREE 30 DAY TRIAL of our 40+ integrated and mobile small business apps to run your business end to end. At Pluck Business Solutions, we create & maintain technology software for your unique small business needs using 40+ integrated software solutions. Whether you are starting from scratch or just need that one app to get your business to the next level, we'll help you select, design and get the software solution fully operational. The best part is we'll install it, customize it and maintain it for you, if you wish. Start with a FREE 30 DAY TRIAL and/or Consultation at www.pluckbusinesssolutions.com. We have solutions for: Online Sales, Scheduling & Subscription Billing with Payment Gateways Webinars, Online Virtual Events & Retreat Microsites Customer Databases (CRM) & Portals Email & Internal Communication Website Creation, Chat & Funnels Social Media & Email Marketing Vendor, Accounting & Inventory Management Online Meetings, Surveys, Forms & e-Signatures HR Recruiting, Training & Retention Project Management & Help Desk Document Management, Reporting & Data Analytics Mobile App Creation Hardware & Software Support Consider SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT - We'll create and post content for you and engage with your followers. Fully professional to protect and grow your brand organically. Now offering VIRTUAL ASSISTANT services for Micro & Small Businesses. Hand-picked and supervised by us. Pay by the hour and no job is too small. Consider it done with a quick handoff and accomplish more in your day today!

https://www.pluckbusinesssolutions.com/

Julie Vails MD MBA        solutions@pluckbusinesssolutions.com

Puget Sound Energy

Energy is essential for communities, and we’re committed to creating a better energy future for our customers and neighbors across the region. Beyond partnering to support our customers through this difficult time, our mission today is deep decarbonization and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. We were an early leader in addressing climate change, investing billions in renewable resources and energy efficiency for homes and businesses. Now, we are on the path to meeting the current and future needs of our customers and to deliver on the objectives of Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act. Our customers want clean energy and we’re committed to working together to make this a reality. As part of our commitment, we’re: - Moving closer to coal-free electricity years ahead of schedule with the sale of Colstrip Unit 4, and the closure of Units 1 and 2. - With our customers, saving 67 billion electric kWh and 600 million natural gas therms through energy efficiency programs. - Creating a new financial assistance program to distribute millions to customers impacted by COVID-19, and helping customers more easily get bill payment-assistance from existing PSE HELP and LIHEAP funds and additional support. - Studying battery storage technology in a variety of scenarios, including the ability to provide wind and solar energy storage. - Leading as the largest utility producer of renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest.

https://www.pse.com        Heather Pierce        Heather.Pierce@pse.com

The Entrepreneur's Source

Our number one goal is to help people explore new or additional career options through business ownership. We are a coaching firm that educates people who have a desire to learn more about how to become self-sufficient and take control of their destiny. There is no cost for to our clients other than their time. We are in the business of Possibilities, Options, and Dreams through Education, Awareness and Discovery.

https://entrepreneurssource.com        Mark Bloomquist        mbloomquist@esourcecoach.com

Thurston EDC Center for Business and Innovation

The Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I) is committed to business prosperity throughout Washington state. We’ve created an ecosystem of services and resources for entrepreneurs, business owners and managers to help them achieve greater success. No matter what you and your business need, our center’s resources will help you accelerate your business learning and planning, to start a business or grow your business faster and more successfully. Take advantage of the CB&I’s experience-proven advice to help you turn your business idea into a reality, or expand your existing business. Thurston EDC Center for Business and Innovation https://thurstonedc.com/cbi/ Washington Center for Women in Business https://wcwb.org/ Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) https://washingtonptac.org/ ScaleUp Training Series http://scaleupthurston.org/scaleup-washington/ Thurston Economic Development Council https://thurstonedc.com/

https://thurstonedc.com/cbi        James Davis        jdavis@thurstonedc.com

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s Section 3 Business Registry is a listing of firms that have self-certified that they meet one of the regulatory definitions of a Section 3 business and are included in a searchable online database that can be used by agencies that receive HUD funds, developers, contractors, and others to facilitate the award of certain HUD-funded contracts. The database can also be used by Section 3 residents to identify businesses that may have HUD-funded employment opportunities.

https://portalapps.hud.gov/Sec3BusReg/BRegistry/What

Hamdi Mohamed        Hamdi.A.Mohamed@hud.gov

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses. The Seattle District Office serves Washington and northern Idaho with office locations in Seattle and Spokane.

https://www.sba.gov/wa        Desiree Albrecht        desiree.albrecht@sba.gov

Ventures Nonprofit

Ventures Nonprofit can help you start or expand your small business! We offer access to business training, capital, coaching and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential. We serve those in our community for whom traditional business development services are out of reach, with a focus on women, people of color, immigrants, and individuals with low income. Ventures is a nonprofit organization and our services are free or very low-cost.

https://www.venturesnonprofit.org        Amy Hollander        ahollander@venturesnonprofit.org

Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network of more than 30 expert business advisors working in communities across the state to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business. SBDC advisors provide one-on-one, confidential, no-cost advising on all phases of small business development and are often co-located with economic development specialists in community colleges, economic development agencies or government agencies. Other services of the Washington SBDC include no-cost or low-cost workshops on a variety of business topics and customized market research services.

https://wsbdc.org        Stacey Dacar        stacey.dacar@wsu.edu