Upcoming Events & Updates
March 24, 2016 – TRCVB’s Annual Tourism Matters Meeting at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Advertisement Featuring Local Aerospace Companies in the Site Selection January Issue
Check out the advertisement on page nine of Site Selection’s January issue. It features 13 Pierce County aerospace companies and promotes Tacoma-Pierce County as a great location for aerospace industries. Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Data Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 49,000 executives of fast-growing firms.
Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is an independent, self-sustaining agency. Its 2015 track record was impressive:
- 109,000 jobs supported by EXIM authorizations
- $431.6 million surplus generated for American taxpayers
- Nearly 90% of EXIM authorizations directly benefited small businesses (some under $5,000)
- Authorized $12.4 billion of financing to support $17 billion worth of U.S. exports
- All with a default rate of less than one-quarter of one percent
If you are a small business thinking about exporting your goods and services, the EXIM may have a program that can help you. For information, please call Hans Kueck at 253.798.2335.
Job Opening at Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB)
The EDB has posted a job opportunity for an experienced Vice President for Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) to join their team. The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County recruits and retains primary businesses in the South Sound. Click here to view the job posting.
Grants for Exporting Available from Washington State Department of Commerce
The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Export Voucher program, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) State Trade and Export Promotion grant, offers qualified companies new to exporting or expanding into new export markets up to $5,000 for export-related expenses (a minimum 25% cash match is required). For more information and the application, visit their website.
IRS Ready to Start 2016 Tax Season; Encourages use of IRS.gov and e-File; Works with States, Industry on Identity Theft Refund Fraud
The nation’s 2016 individual income tax filing season opened Jan. 19, with more than 150 million tax returns expected to be filed this year. People will have until Monday, April 18 to file their 2015 tax returns and pay any tax due. The IRS expects more than 70 percent of taxpayers to again receive tax refunds this year. Last year, the IRS issued 109 million refunds, with an average refund of $2,797.
Have a Passion for the Arts?
The Pierce County Economic Development Department is seeking a citizen volunteer to serve on its nine member Arts Commission (PCAC) for a three-year term. Candidates are being recruited from District 2 (visit the link to see if you reside within this district). Successful candidates will be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. If interested, please visit our website for more information: www.piercecountywa.org/arts.