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Small Business Liaisons
“We're acting to make it easier to do business in Washington"

Welcome!

We are Washington States's Small Business Liaison Team (SBLT) and we're taking action to make it easier to do business in Washington State - our vision is to make Washington the best place to do business.

Formalized and expanded by order of the Governor in January of 2012, the SBLT includes 27 state agencies participating in subgroups that focus on outreach programs, soliciting ideas for regulatory improvement, developing new business tools, and creating an integrated enterprise system to help businesses interact with state agencies [read more ...]

What we're doing now...
6/12/2017  -  Biz Fair – Saturday, September 30, 2017  (Save The Date! ) 
Save The Date!  
Biz Fair – Saturday, September 30, 2017
www.bizfair.org
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BizFair
 
Dear Washington Small Business Fair Exhibitor:
Your organization is cordially invited to participate in the Washington Small Business Fair (Biz Fair) to be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Renton Technical College. Biz Fair is an excellent opportunity to reach out to new and future business owners. This will be the 21st year of the Biz...
5/30/2017  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give you a brief...
Dear Business Organization & Government Agency representatives:
You are invited to attend the Washington Small Business Forum on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.  We will be meeting at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ offices in Tukwila. The forum will be from 9:00am until noon.  We hold a forum twice a year, and the agencies and organizations that have participated find the information, opportunity to network and exchange of ideas very valuable.
We have...
Dear Business Organization:
 
National Small Business Week is April 30 - May 6, and there are lots of national and local events going on that your members may want to participate in.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
 
This newsletter has information on special products and services that the SBA and IRS will be offering in recognition of the 54th...
4/7/2017  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give you a brief...
Dear Business Organization:
As we approach the end of the tax filing season, we continue to encounter scams we want businesses and payroll service providers to be aware of.  This isn’t the regular monthly email I send, but rather a sort of “special edition” to make you and your members aware of some important information regarding the Form W-2 scams.  We want to be sure that all employers, whether they are private businesses, nonprofits or government agencies are...
Dear Business Organization & Government Agency representatives:
Mark your calendars!  Tuesday, June 6 is the next Washington Small Business Forum, from 9am – noon.  
We will be meeting face to face this time, at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ offices in Tukwila.  More details and a flyer will be coming in mid-April.
As you know, the Small Business Forum is held once or twice each year.  It is structured so that we have several...
3/27/2017  -  Blog from L&I RE Buyer Beware   
Buyer beware: 6 things to ask the seller for when buying a business
Did you know when you buy an existing business – or part of one – you assume the workers’ compensation claim liabilities of that business? It’s true…Read more: http://deptoflaborandindustries.tumblr.com/post/158753844381/buyer-beware-6-things-to-ask-the-seller-for-when
Connect with L&I:
Join us on the L&I Blog (Lni.wa.gov/blog), Facebook (facebook.com/laborandindustries) and Twitter...
3/20/2017  -  Announcements & Upcoming Events- IRS   
Dear Business Organization:
 
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
 
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give...
Seattle SBA to Co-Host Business Class in Chinese Language
 
SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office will co-host their first Chinese language business class at the Hing Hay Coworks community learning space on Tuesday, March 28 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. The class subject is “Grow Your Small Business” and specifically targets Cantonese-speaking restaurant owners in the International District/Chinatown area, but it is open to all small...
Dear Business Organization:
 
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
 
We have an IRS webinar coming up in March on the various payment options IRS offers for federal taxes, both when the taxpayer is able to pay the full amount on time, and when they cannot...
Dear Business Organization:
With the start of the tax filing season comes more information to share with you.  This isn’t the regular monthly email I send, but rather a sort of “special edition” to make you and your members aware of some important information, especially the phishing scams around the Forms W-2.  We want to be sure that all employers, whether they are private businesses, nonprofits or government agencies are aware of this scam and can provide...
1/26/2017  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
 
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
 
Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is January 30 to February 3, and there are several virtual events being put on by the FTC and IRS that week (see the Upcoming Events list below). ...
Dear Business Organization:
 
Please help us support EITC Awareness Day Thunderclap effort by promoting it anytime now through Jan. 27, 2017 through your social media accounts. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can also support the EITC Awareness Day Thunderclap from your personal Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler accounts. 
 
Listed below is the link to our signup page so you can start sharing with everyone http://thndr.me/wR8wNT
 
I have also attached an image for...
Dear Small Business Organization:
You and your members are invited to attend a free webinar on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  The IRS and the Federal Trade Commission are conducting a webinar on what is a very hot topic these days – identity theft.  This webinar will provide valuable information on what small businesses need to do to keep themselves and their customers from becoming victims of ID theft.
The information about the webinar is both below, and in the attached PDF...
Good morning, Small Business Organizations & Government Agencies:
You aren’t seeing things – yes, this is my second email out to you all this week!
It’s that time of year when everyone is preparing for the holidays and … the tax season.  As part of this preparation, we are sending information you can distribute on how people can prepare for a successful tax filing season.  I’ve attached a document called IRS Resources @ Your Fingertips is tailored...
Good morning, Small Business Organizations & Government Agencies:
This week is National Tax Security Awareness Week, and the IRS is using this time period, Dec. 5 – Dec. 9, 2016, to bring public attention to issues like online protections, recognizing phishing scams, protecting client information and watching for IRS impersonators. We need your assistance in getting the IRS messages out far and wide.
This attached document called IRS Resources @ Your Fingertips has information you...
11/16/2016  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give you a brief...
10/26/2016  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give you a brief...
8/16/2016  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website.   
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give you a brief...
7/25/2016  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give you a brief...
7/25/2016  -  Help publicize - Biz Fair 2016 is Sept 24!   
Dear Biz Fair exhibitors:
The Washington Small Business Fair, or Biz Fair, is two months away, but it isn’t too early to start publicizing it! The date is Saturday, September 24th at Renton Technical College.  This is the 20th anniversary of the fair, and we want to make it the best one ever!
As you probably know, there is no ‘marketing budget’ for the fair.  The planning committee depends in large part on all of you, the exhibitors, to help get the word out! ...
Good afternoon, everyone –
If you are receiving this email, it means we have not yet seen your organization’s Biz Fair exhibitor registration come through yet. (see the letter below for instructions and the link to register)
If you did submit a registration application, please let me know – occasionally we have had agencies or organizations that cannot get their firewall to let the online application go through, or it may look to you like it went through, but I never...
6/30/2016  -  UBI Agency Summit 2 -- Register early!   
We hope you’ll join us on July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Olympia when Washington Technology Solutions hosts UBI Agency Summit 2.
The Summit provides an opportunity for agencies to report on current efforts intended to help Washington businesses. By attending, you’ll learn more about projects, programs, and new technologies that will serve the State's business customers through cross-agency sharing and discussion.
The following agencies will present information relating to...
6/21/2016  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give you a brief...
This is a reminder that you are invited to attend the Washington Small Business Forum on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.  We will be meeting at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ offices in Tukwila. The forum will be from 9:00am until noon.  We hold a forum twice a year, and the agencies and organizations that have participated find the information, opportunity to network and exchange of ideas very valuable.
We have added one more presentation to the agenda,...
Dear Business Organization & Government Agency representatives:
You are invited to attend the Washington Small Business Forum on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.  We will be meeting at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ offices in Tukwila. The forum will be from 9:00am until noon.  We hold a forum twice a year, and the agencies and organizations that have participated find the information, opportunity to network and exchange of ideas very valuable.
We have...
5/4/2016  -  OSOS Quarterly Newsletter April 2016   
Good afternoon everyone!
Here is the latest newsletter from the Corporations and Charities Division.
http://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/corps/DISH-From-the-Dolliver-April-2016.pdf
I have a few additional items to share:
·         Please see our Customer Alert regarding postcard solicitations http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/CONSUMERALERT.aspx
·         Please see the note about BLS system down time for...
Save The Date!  
Biz Fair – Saturday, September 24, 2016
www.bizfair.org
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BizFair
Dear Washington Small Business Fair Exhibitors:
September will be here before we know it!  The Washington Small Business Fair (Biz Fair) is Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Renton Technical College. I want to be sure you have the date on your calendar!  This will be the 20th year of the Biz Fair, and we want your organization to participate and...
Dear Business Organization:
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
National Small Business Week is coming - May 1-7.  As you will see below, IRS has 4 webinars scheduled that week.  There are also many other events that week and during the month of May for...
3/18/2016  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
IRS Affordable Care Act Webinars for Tax Professionals, Payroll Professionals and Employers
https://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Individuals-and-Families/The-Affordable-Care-Act-Whats-Trending
The Small Business Self-Employed Division of the IRS will conduct two Affordable Care Act webinars that will be of interest to employers and tax practitioners.
Affordable Care Act: Applicable Large Employers Information Return Requirements for Tax Year...
2/26/2016  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
ChallegeHER: Free Event - Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/challengeher-seattle-tickets-21096061889
March 22 – 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Robert J. Drewel Building 
3000 Rockefeller Ave. 
Everett, WA 98201
 
ChallengeHER works specifically with the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contracting program as a tool to help to assist women business owners leverage federal awards, learn...
1/26/2016  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization: 
Tax filing season is upon us.  This month there are several news releases about the start of the tax season, and also about how to protect against the growing problem of identity theft.
In addition, January 29 is EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Awareness Day.  Each year, IRS joins partners nationwide to launch the EITC Awareness Day outreach campaign to ensure that millions of low-and moderate-income workers get the credit they deserve and get it...
12/23/2015  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give you a brief...
12/4/2015  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give you a brief...
10/26/2015  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
IRS Webinar: General Employment Tax Issues
https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Webinars-for-Small-Businesses-1#general
November 4 -- 11:00 a.m. - noon
Register here: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/11225
This FREE 1-hour broadcast is for industry organizations, tax and payroll professionals.  
Topics include:

Worker Classification
Voluntary Classification Settlement Program
...
8/24/2015  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Save the Date! Biz Fair 2015 - Saturday, September 26
www.bizfair.org
Saturday, Sept 26 – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Renton Technical College – Renton, WA
One day, one place - learn how to form and run a small business. Connect with government agencies and business organizations to get the information you need.  Attend seminars that cover topics for all stages of business ownership. Visit www.bizfair.org and follow us on Facebook at...
 
http://www.auburnwa.gov/page187.aspx
Here is a link to the City of Auburn Economic Development Office – Doing Business Video Library I talked about. 
I am 20 minutes into the Doing Business with Government Video and you will hear a plug for ORIA in my presentation.
Maybe we could link from the ORIA web page to their library and cooperate to share more information through their established technology.
My contact at City of Auburn Economic Development Office is Mr. Doug...
7/23/2015  -  Upcoming events & latest IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
IRS Webinar Series: Affordable Care Act Provisions for Employers and Coverage Providers
http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Employers/Webinar-Series-offered-on-Affordable-Care-Act-Provisions-for-Employers-and-Coverage-Providers

If you’re an employer or health coverage provider, you can attend a series of educational webinars this summer to help you understand the Affordable Care Act’s employer provisions and related requirements. The IRS...
6/22/2015  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
 
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
 
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give...
Dear Business Organization & Government Agency representatives:
 
Mark your calendars!  Wednesday, May 20 is the next Washington Small Business Forum, from 9am – noon.
 
We will be meeting face to face this time, at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ offices in Tukwila.  More details and a flyer will be coming in mid-April.
 
As you know, the Small Business Forum is held twice each year normally in May and again in...
3/2/2015  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Free IRS Webinar: Payment Alternatives When You Owe the IRS
http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Webinars-for-Tax-Practitioners-1#payment
March 25 - 11 a.m. - noon
This FREE one-hour webinar is for tax professionals, small businesses, individuals and organizations
 
Topics include:
·         Online Payment Agreements – expanded eligibility...
 
Free IRS Webinar: Tips vs. Service Charges -- What Are They and How Are They Reported?
http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Webinars-for-Tax-Practitioners-1#tips
 
Wednesday, February 11th -- 12:00 p.m. (MT); 11:00 a.m. (PT); 10:00 a.m. (Alaska)
This one-hour broadcast is for tax professionals, small businesses, payroll professionals and organizations/associations.
 
Topics include:
·        ...
1/21/2015  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
 
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/01/ftc-host-tax-identity-theft-awareness-week-jan-26-30
a week of events Jan. 26-30
 
ftc.gov/taxidtheftSHOP Marketplace Webinar Series
https://marketplace.cms.gov/technical-assistance-resources/training-materials/shop-training-webinars.pdf
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, is offering a webinar series for small business employers, agents, brokers and other interested...
1/13/2015  -  Latest IRS News Releases & Upcoming Events   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
 
IRS Webinar: Help for Charities
http://www.visualwebcaster.com/IRS/101106/reg.asp?id=101106
Thursday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. Pacific
 
You’ll learn:
               Section 501(c)(3) Exempt Purposes
               Key activities...
12/11/2014  -  Upcoming events & IRS new releases   
Dear Business Organization:
 
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give you a...
Dear Business Organization:
 
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
 
There are a lot of events this month, some of them happening in the next few days, so if you can get this out or posted right away, that would be fantastic!
 
Below are...
9/11/2014  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization: 
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
Below are summaries and links to the most recent headliners and news releases your members might be interested in.  The title and summary are designed to give you a brief...
Dear Biz Fair exhibitors:
The Washington Small Business Fair, or Biz Fair, is just over a month away - Saturday, September 27th at Renton Technical College.  The fair draws 400-600 new and existing small business owners from around the state. 
As you probably know, there is no ‘marketing budget’ for the fair.  The planning committee depends in large part on all of you, the exhibitors, to help get the word out!  I know most of you have already helped by...
6/23/2014  -  Upcoming events & latest IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
 
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
 
We are always looking for new ways to get our key messages out – I know many of your organizations now use various social media channels to keep in touch with your members and...
Please see link below:
http://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/corps/_news/DISH%20From%20the%20Dolliver%20April%202014.pdf
5/14/2014  -  May 22nd SBLT Meeting Location   
To SBLT Members,
As some of you know, WABOS performed a changeover on Business.wa.gov with the switchover on 5/12.  This is an updated version on how it would now look. After reviewing the site, some of you have shared with me some concerns that are very much warranted for discussion with Ben Vaught.  Ben is more than willing to address these concerns and have also offered to host the May 22, 2014 meeting at his location the Office of the CIO.  He has offered to also give us a...
5/9/2014  -  Small Business Week!   
Dear Small Business Organization –
 
Next week is Small Business Week!  IRS and SBA are both holding free workshops.  I hope you can help us get the word out about these events through your communication channels – website, email blast, Twitter, Facebook, etc!
 
Thank you, Kari
 
 
A Week of Free Workshops May 12-16 – SBA’s Jumpstart Your Business...
4/30/2014  -  Invitation to attend the Washington Small Business Forum on May 29  (RSVP by May 19) 
Dear Business Organization & Government Agency representatives:
 
You are invited to attend the Washington Small Business Forum on Thursday, May 29, 2012.  We will be meeting at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ offices in Tukwila. The forum will be from 9:00am until noon.  We hold a forum every six months, and the agencies and organizations that have participated find the information, opportunity to network and exchange of ideas very...
4/4/2014  -  Washington Small Business Forum- Save the date!  (May 29, 2014 9am- 12:00pm) 
Dear Business Organization & Government Agency representatives:
 
Mark your calendars!  Thursday, May 29 is the next Washington Small Business Forum, from 9am – noon.
 
We will be meeting face to face this time, at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ offices in Tukwila.  More details and a flyer will be coming in mid-April.
 
As you know, the Small Business Forum is held twice each year normally in May and again in November...
4/4/2014  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Dear Business Organization:
 
Here are the latest IRS News Releases and Headliners to distribute to your small business members.  I hope that the information will be helpful and we encourage publication in your association's magazines, newsletters, email distributions and/or website. 
 
We are always looking for new ways to get our key messages out – I know many of your organizations now use various social media channels to keep in touch with your members and...
4/1/2014  -  Next Meeting    
Our next SBLT meeting will be April 24, 2014 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm at the Dept of Revenue - Tumwater Conference Room (131).
9/10/2013  -  Next SBLT Meeting   
Our next meeting is on September 26, 2013 and we'll be meeting at the Department of Revenue at 1:00 p.m. - conference room 131.
8/21/2013  -  Next SBLT Meeting  (08/22/2013 @ 1:00 pm - DOR, Tumwater, RM131) 
 Currently the Team is working on the development of the priorities and tasks for 2013-2015. Our next meeting is on August 22, 2013 and we'll be meeting at the Department of Revenue at 1:00 p.m. - conference room 131.
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Our Mission: We listen to businesses, then drive action to make it easier to do business in Washington State.
Our Vision: Making Washington State the best place to do business.

 

 

 

 

 

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