Small Business Start-up Series

Petra Perkins

What is required to create a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pierce County? This is the question at the heart of a series of small business start-up seminars being co-sponsored by Clover Park Technical College and the William M. Factory Small Business Incubator. The seminar series is scheduled to run throughout February and early March at the Incubator.

The seminars were developed with the early-stage or "nascent" entrepreneur in mind. This may be someone who is just beginning to explore the entrepreneurial path or someone who has been working on an idea for some time and wants to take the idea to the next level. The primary purpose of the seminars is to connect early-stage entrepreneurs with other entrepreneurs who have more experience working in the same business sector or on related problems.

Most small business seminars designed for people who wish to explore starting a business cover general business operations topics and promote standard small business resources. State and city licensing requirements, business taxes, business formation types, financial literacy, business financing and human resources for small business are common topics. These seminars tend to be organized and sponsored by a range of organizations including the SBA, banks and credit unions, local economic development departments, Chambers of Commerce, community development organizations to name just a few. When it comes to charting a path through unknown waters in a given industry, however, these general resources may not provide adequate support.

Developing a thriving entrepreneurial environment depends a great deal on interactions between entrepreneurs to spark activity. For someone who wants to understand the heart of the business start-up experience it is crucial to connect with people who are engaged in that process. It is also important to build relationships with people working in the same general field or on similar problems.

Initially, the series of 2-hours seminars will cover eight areas: sustainable agriculture, writing for e-publishing, affordable housing, daycare, interior design, landscaping, wearable art, and food trucks and commercial kitchens. Depending on interest, the topics may be repeated. Additional topics may be added through the year.

For more information on the series, contact Petra Perkins at 253-589-5792 or at petra.perkins@cptc.edu.