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2015 U.S. Open - We Did It!

(Picture to the left: One of the last moments of the Championship. This was the largest grandstand ever constructed at a U.S. Open. Built at hole #18, the grandstand held 6,000 spectators!)

The long awaited U.S. Open at Chambers Bay has come and gone. It’s hard to believe it’s over already after all the effort that went into having this major golf championship here in our own backyard! We can certainly take pride in those efforts and everyone in this region should feel pride as we showcased our region and offered outstanding hospitality to visitors. Now that we can relax a bit (we say ‘a bit’ because we’ll be getting efforts together to invite the USGA back to Chambers Bay), let’s take a look at some facts and numbers from this incredible event. Full article…
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Forgivable Loan Program to Assist in Aerospace Job Creation

Pierce County is pleased to announce a new program responding to the shortage of skilled workforce available to our local aerospace sector called the Aerospace Job Creation and Training (AJCT) loan program. Aerospace industry employers filling new jobs with low- to moderate-income individuals can qualify for permanent working capital loans of up to $35,000 for each new position created to assist with wages and training costs. This will enable workers to gain industry experience and develop skills needed. The greatest benefit to the employer is that the entire loan can be forgiven if the new employee remains with the company for one year after the initial hire date. Full article...

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Doing Business in Pierce County

Pierce County is home to businesses large and small and all are appreciated for their contribution to the County’s economic well-being. The Pierce County Economic Development Department and its partners work together to encourage and assist small, entrepreneurial firms to thrive and grow. In each newsletter, we feature one of these companies.

Cockrell Hard Ciders
The Pacific Northwest is home to many quality microbreweries but few artisan cider houses. John and Rich Cockrell of Cockrell Hard Ciders plan to change that. Their creations have won many local, state and national awards and accolades. The most recent was the 2015 Pacific Northwest Cider Awards' Gold Medal in the Modern Sweet Category for its Cockrell Hard Cider Original. This is the beverage that started it all, a result from the encouragement of friends and family to the brothers to consider sharing their creative talents with a larger audience. Full article...

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Business
The SBA and its partners are holding weekly Affordable Care Act 101 webinars. During the presentation, small business owners can learn about the law and what it means for their company and employees. Visit the web page for a complete schedule and to register. Webinars are also offered in Spanish.

New Business Tax Workshops - Washington State Department of Revenue
Learn the basics of Washington State taxes. This free workshop will help you understand your tax reporting responsibilities. Tax reporting classifications, deductions, sales tax collection, and recordkeeping requirements will be discussed. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions regarding taxes that apply specifically to your business. To find out when the next workshop will be held in your area, and to register, click on this link. Can’t attend a workshop in person? Watch an online workshop or tutorial.

Save the Date:
October 14 | Purchasing Forum presented by Pierce County
Star Center | 3873 S. 66th St, Tacoma, WA 98409


Have a Passion for the Arts?
The Pierce County Economic Development Department is seeking two citizen volunteers to serve on its nine member Arts Commission (PCAC) for a three-year term. Candidates are being recruited from District 2 and District 6 (visit these links to see if you reside within one of these districts). Successful candidates will be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Full article…

SBIR Road Tour:
America's Largest Seed Fund is Coming to Seattle Aug. 19

With $2.5 billion in funding provided annually to small advanced technology firms, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs help spur new technological discoveries and facilitate the commercialization of innovations. The SBIR Road Tour is an opportunity for historically underserved communities to engage with Federal Program Officers from various SBIR/STTR agencies. If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, take advantage of this coveted local opportunity to hear directly from federal agency program managers, and meet one-on-one with program decision makers.

SBA Disaster Loans Available for Washington Counties Affected by Drought
New drought declarations have led to the expansion of SBA Disaster Loans in Washington and neighboring Idaho counties. The following is a list of all drought declarations made for Washington this summer:

  • Declaration 14379-01 WA effective July 16 -- primary Washington counties include Ferry, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane and Stevens; neighboring Washington counties include Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, Skagit, Whatcom and Whitman.
  • Declaration 14367-01 WA effective July 2 -- primary Washington counties include Garfield and Kittitas; neighboring Washington counties include Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Grant, King, Pierce, Whitman, and Yakima.
  • Declaration 14356-01 WA effective June 25 -- primary Washington counties include Adams, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Grant, Klickitat, Walla Walla and Yakima; neighboring Washington counties include Douglas, Garfield, King, Kittitas, Lewis, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pierce, Skamania and Whitman.
For more information on disaster preparation, assistance and recovery, visit the Emergency Preparedness page on the SBA website.

Pierce County Economic Development
950 Pacific Ave, Suite 750
Tacoma, WA 98402

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