On February 9, 2010, Business Solutions Manager Karen Pemerl joined the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce's Council for Small Business meeting to share what's new at the Washington State Department of Commerce. In this video, we heard about great initiatives that Washington State is implementing to fuel a job growing economy, and participants contributed great ideas on how state governments can be more responsive to small business needs.
In the next few posts, I will share a synopsis of the comments shared here and through other conversations with small businesses.
The Council is a great way to engage and explore ways to help small businesses thrive. If you're a small business in the Puget Sound region, please contact the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce about getting involved with the Council and attending our Opportunity Exchange events each quarter. If you're not in the Puget Sound, I encourage you to share your ideas in the comments below.
Here are links to a few of the small business resources we discussed:
- Current legislative bills in Washington State: Lobbyist Brad Boswell’s latest bill tracking report and legislative summary are available online.
- Regional Contracting Forum: http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/BusinessDev/regionacontractingforum.aspx
- Doing business with Washington state: http://access.wa.gov/business/
- Small Business Liaisons Flyer: http://www.ora.wa.gov/documents/small_business_liaison_flyer.pdf
- Reports following the Summer 2009 stakeholder feedback sessions with Dept of Commerce: http://www.commerce.wa.gov/site/1268/default.aspx
- National consolidation for local, state, and federal bid opportunities: http://www.govdirections.com/
- Onvia's 2010 Government Market Outlook Report: http://www.onvia.com/governmentstimulus/fp/government_market_outlook.aspx