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  • Focused Classes
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Series Courses
  • Trade Shows
Focused Classes

Solicitation Review: Go or No-Go Decisions - DAY 1 and 2 (virtual)          

8/22/2023       3:00 PM - 5:00 PM DAY 1 & 1:00 pm - 5:00 PM DAY 2    

There are many things to consider in whether to go after an award for a contract or not. This workshop will provide tools to conduct a solicitation review to make a "GO" or "NO-GO" decision. Our goal in this workshop is to make sure you are not surprised after contract award of missed terms and conditions. 

NSF Office Hours: Preparing your Phase 1 Proposal        

8/24/2023       11:00 AM - 12:00 PM               

Join this open-ended session to ask questions about what’s needed when creating a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) proposal. A SBIR/STTR program director will answer questions and point you to resources. Prior to this session, we encourage you learn more about the proposal process on, then come prepared with any questions you have.

SBIR 101: Presented by ARC WA

8/25/2023       12:00 PM - 1:00 PM     

This presentation will introduce innovators to the basics of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Plenty of time for Q&A!  ARC WA, SBIR/STTR/Other Innovation Programs

Why OMWBE Certification?      

8/31/2023       3:30 PM - 5:00 PM      

Bouten Construction Company

627 N Napa St" Spokane          Washington     99202

Have you ever wondered what Bouten Construction looks for in subcontractors? Or why it's important to get certified?


• The advantages of becoming certified

• Certification assistance resources

• Qualification requirements

• Directory and opportunities overview

• Things to consider before bid

• Q&A" Government Contracting                                  

Contact Us

Contact a Government Contracting Specialist today for assistance with all your government contracting questions.

Main Center

Thurston EDC

4220 6th Ave.

Lacey, WA 98503



Administrative Staff

Tiffany Scroggs, Program Manager

Marnie Tyson

Lisa Lagerstrom

Tori Stoner


Innovation Station

Kate Hoy


Thurston EDC

Grady Smith

Leslie Miller


Washington APEX Accelerator in Pierce County

Trena Payton

Maryam Lynch-Tate


Sub Centers

Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Cara Buckingham


Greater Spokane Inc.

Aleesha Roedel


Columbia River Economic Development Council

Julia Krivoruk


Green River College

Darrell Sundell

Melinda Martirosian

Kitsap Economic Development Alliance  

Mary Jo Juarez

James Davis

Terry Homburg


Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce

Maria Alleman


Longshore & Harbor Worker's Compensation Act          

9/13/2023       3:00 PM - 4:30 PM       

Silverdale        Washington

Did you know the Longshore & Harbor Worker's Compensation Act applies to your business if you perform work around ""navigable"" waterways?

You will learn:

·      Details of the Longshore & Harbor Worker's Compensation Act

·      Why special insurance is needed for navigable waterways

·      Consequences of not having the appropriate insurance coverage

·      SBA contact information to confirm if your firm is subject to the Longshore & Harbor Worker's Compensation Act 

·      Where to find surety companies to purchase insurance policies. 

Business Basics and Government Contracting for Tribal Owned Firms     

9/13/2023       10:00 AM - 11:30 AM   

Tulalip Tribes of Washington

6406 Marine Drive       Tulalip Washington     98271

Tribal owned firms are invited to attend a series of workshops dedicated to business basics and government contracting. Attend one or all five sessions. This series marks an important partnership between EASC, Tulalip TERO Office, WA PTAC/APEX Accelerator, SBDC, American Indian Chamber Education Fund APEX Accelerator, and Northwest Native APEX Accelerator.    

Laying the Groundwork - Mt Vernon     

9/14/2023       10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  

1932 E. College Way, Suite B"   Mt Vernon       Washington     98273

If you're thinking of getting into government contracting, this event is for you. Join us in-person at the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County to start laying the groundwork for future work.

Monthly Sessions

Contracting Coffee Hour, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, 9/6/2023    

Got contracting questions? We have answers!

University of Washington Virtual Workshops for Suppliers, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 9/7/2023

The orientations will provide a learning opportunity to assist in navigating potential business prospects at the University and with other state agencies, as well as educational and other resources to assist businesses. 

PTAC & SBDC First Friday Follow-up, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 9/1/2023

Friday Follow-up is an open forum, round table for businesses to get answers from your local PTAC counselor and SBDC Advisor. Bring your questions regarding government contracting and learn from knowledgeable Small Business Experts. Our main focus is to share resources for growing your business.

PTAC: Prime Connect, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, 9/13/2023

A structured matchmaking event for Primes and Subcontractors to connect on future projects.

Wednesday with the Deputy for Small Business, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 8/30/2023

Wednesday with the Deputy for Small Business is an opportunity for Industry partners to learn about doing business with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport.

Doing Business with the state – DES, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 9/21/2023

On the third Thursday of the month, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) facilitates an interactive conversation with state procurement professionals who can provide information and insight on how to do business with the state.  


Procurement Power Hour: Welcome Back to PPH, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 8/30/2023

7130 West Grandridge Blvd. (Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center), Kennewick, Washington, 99336 

PPH is a dynamic initiative aimed at facilitating learning and fostering growth among our valued PTAC clients. This program brings together local businesses owners in an engaging forum designed to provide invaluable insights into the ever-evolving world of procurement. 

Si Se Puede - Contratos con el Gobierno, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, 8/30/2023

7130 West Grandridge Blvd. (Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center), Kennewick, Washington, 99336 

“Si Se Puede - Contratos con el Gobierno” es una iniciativa dinámica destinada a facilitar el aprendizaje y fomentar el crecimiento entre nuestros valiosos clientes de PTAC. Este programa reúne a los propietarios de empresas locales en un foro atractivo diseñado para brindar información valiosa sobre el mundo de las compras en constante evolución.

Series Courses

Port of Seattle’s Advanced PortGen


A 5-week virtual training series followed by an in-person resources fair and networking event for small, minority and women-owned businesses wanting to learn how to be successful with government contracting. Learn how to identify requirements to be responsive and gather resources to support your efforts in selling to the Port of Seattle and other agencies.


Tuesdays 3 – 5 PM


  • Government Contracting, 9/12/2023
  • Business Development, 9/19/2023
  • Prevailing Wage Compliance, 9/26/2023
  • Bonding and Insurance, 10/3/2023
  • Financial Considerations, 10/10/2023
  • Resource Fair (in-person at Tabor 100), 10/17/2023


2023 Black Business Leadership Conference - R.U.B.B. Initiative, 8/19/2023, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

2023 Washington Regional Contracting Forum, 9/20/2023, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

2023 Washington State BizFair, 9/23/2023, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

SAVE THE DATE: Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council Conference, 10/24/2023

North Puget Sound Contracting Conference, 10/26/2023, 10:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meet the BIGS! Doing Business with the Government, 11/2/2023, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Govology classes, live and on-demand, are Free for Washington APEX clients – contact your APEX counselor for access. Click here for the list of Govology this month’s live classes. 


Recorded webinars available 

APEX Calendar

Washington APEX Accelerator, formerly Washington PTAC provides technical assistance to help Washington businesses successfully compete in the government marketplace. A program of the Thurston Economic Development Council, in partnership with the following subcenters: