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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...
12/4/2018  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Tax Security Awareness Webinar: Understanding the Dark Web
To register, go to https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/28472
 
In support of Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Security Awareness Week, a free webinar is being offered to help taxpayers understand the dark web and how it is used as a repository for: stolen identities, credit data, tax information, banking/financial information etc. During this webinar IRS Criminal Investigators...
10/11/2018  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
IRS Tax Reform Webinars for Practitioners & Industry
October 18 -- Tax Reform Basics for Individual Taxpayers
2 p.m. Eastern; 1 p.m. Central; 12 p.m. Mountain; 11 a.m. Pacific; 10 a.m. Alaska; 8 a.m. Hawaii
Register:https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/27816
 
October 25 -- Tax Reform Basics for Employers
2 p.m. Eastern; 1 p.m. Central; 12 p.m. Mountain; 11 a.m. Pacific; 10 a.m. Alaska; 8 a.m. Hawaii
Register:...
9/28/2018  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Biz Fair 2018 - Saturday, September 29
www.bizfair.org
Calling all current and aspiring small business owners!  Join us for the 22nd annual Biz Fair at Renton Technical College to learn from the experts how to start or grow a successful business. Biz Fair is the longest running all government and non-profit-run small business fair in Washington State. Sharpen your skills by attending seminars taught by savvy business experts who share their knowledge...
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
 
Small Business Tax Workshop - Business Impact NW 
https://businessimpactnw.org/events-2/classes/
In this workshop, you will find the answers to some important questions, including, types of entities, record keeping requirements, business expenses and deductions, business use of the home, self-employment taxes, independent contractors, and choosing a tax preparer. Free.
 
April 26
1437 South Jackson St, Seattle
Register here:...
IRS encourages ‘Paycheck Checkup’ for taxpayers to check their withholding; special week focuses on changes
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-encourages-paycheck-checkup-for-taxpayers-to-check-their-withholding-special-week-focuses-on-changes
 
IRS YouTube Videos:
Paycheck Checkup — English
IRS Withholding Calculator Tips — English
Do I Need to Fill Out a New W-4? — English
 
Launching a special week of activities, the Internal Revenue Service...
3/15/2018  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
 
Small Business Administration Presents The Million Dollar Women’s Panel
Hear how they made their first million!  Are you a current or aspiring entrepreneur or a business service provider? Are you interested in hearing stories from successful entrepreneurial women who have made a million or more in business?
 
SBA and the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau invite you to this special event where you will network with...
Updated Withholding Calculator, Form W-4 Released; Calculator Helps Taxpayers Review Withholding Following New Tax Law
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/updated-withholding-calculator-form-w-4-released-calculator-helps-taxpayers-review-withholding-following-new-tax-law
IR-2018-36, Feb. 28, 2018
The Internal Revenue Service today released an updated Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov and a new version of Form W-4 to help taxpayers check their 2018 tax withholding following passage of the Tax Cuts...
2/14/2018  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
 
Small Business Administration Workshops
https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wa/seattle
SBA offers a variety of workshops, some online and others in person. Check the Events Calendar for a complete list.
March 15 -- Seattle/Live Webinar - Register, License, Go!
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/sba-seattle-district-office-7828614365 to see the full lineup of Free Thursday Workshops.
Also check out the SBA Learning Center for a variety of...
1/17/2018  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
 
Free Webinar -- Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Data:
Practical Identity Safety Practices for Your Business
Speakers from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and IRS will talk about how identity thieves target small businesses to steal passwords, bank account information, Social Security numbers and more.
 
Thursday, February 1 – 60 minutes
11:00 am Mountain | 10:00 am Pacific | 9:00 am Alaska
 
You will learn...
Updated 2018 Withholding Tables Now Available; Taxpayers Could See Paycheck Changes by February
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released Notice 1036, which updates the income-tax withholding tables for 2018 reflecting changes made by the tax reform legislation enacted last month. This is the first in a series of steps that IRS will take to help improve the accuracy of withholding following major changes made by the new tax law.
The updated withholding information, posted...
Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Data:
Practical Identity Safety Practices for Your Business
 
A free webinar for small businesses
Presented by the Federal Trade Commission & Internal Revenue Service
 
Thursday, February 1, 2018 -- 1 hour
1:00 pm Eastern | 12:00 pm Central | 11:00 am Mountain | 10:00 am Pacific | 9:00 am Alaska | 8:00 am Hawaii
 
Identity thieves target small businesses to steal passwords, bank account information, Social Security...
12/19/2017  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
 
Small Business Administration Workshops
https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wa/seattle
SBA offers a variety of workshops, some online and others in person. Check the Events Calendar for a complete list.
 
Did you know the SBA Seattle District Office streams live webinars every second Thursday? Get your questions answered by business savvy experts from the comfort of your home or home office.
Visit...
Fellow SBLT members!
As you all may know, the Office of the Secretary of State (OSOS) launched their new filing system (CCFS) for registering and maintaining legal business entities in Washington on November 13th.  While the OSOS had previously contracted with Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Services (BLS) to handle annual report filings for Corporation, LLC, MA Trusts, and entity dissolutions, the OSOS’s new filing system allows them to resume these...
11/28/2017  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Small Business Administration Workshops
https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wa/seattle
SBA offers a variety of workshops, some online and others in person. Check the Events Calendar for a complete list.
Did you know the SBA Seattle District Office streams live webinars every second Thursday? Get your questions answered by business savvy experts from the comfort of your home or home office.
The following workshops are live webinars in Pacific...
Dear Business Organizations & Government Agencies –
Tax season is coming soon, and the IRS wants you and your members to have the information you need when you need it.
The attached Resources @ Your Fingertips document (in both Word and PDF located on the LIBRARY Tab) contains information about the “Get Ready Campaign for Filing Season 2018.”
Information relating to this topic will provide guidance, hot topics and updates for you and your members and clients on the...
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Small Business Administration Workshops
https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wa/seattle
SBA offers a variety of workshops, some online and others in person. Check the Events Calendar for a complete list.
 
Did you know the SBA Seattle District Office streams live webinars every second Thursday? Get your questions answered by business savvy experts from the comfort of your home or home office.
The following workshops are live webinars in Pacific...
9/22/2017  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
 
Save the Date! Biz Fair 2017 - Saturday, September 30
www.bizfair.org
One day, one place - learn from the experts how to form and run a successful business at the 20th annual Washington Small Business Fair.  Biz Fair 2017 happens Saturday, September 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th Street, in Renton. Sharpen your skills - attend seminars that cover important, up-to-date topics for all stages of business...
8/23/2017  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Save the Date! Biz Fair 2017 - Saturday, September 30
www.bizfair.org
One day, one place - learn from the experts how to form and run a successful business at the 20th annual Washington Small Business Fair.  Biz Fair 2017 happens Saturday, September 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th Street, in Renton. Sharpen your skills - attend seminars that cover important, up-to-date topics for all stages of business ownership....
Dear Biz Fair Exhibitors –
There is a new section on the Biz Fair website – our very own blog!   
And we have our first article posted – on Cybersecurity.  You can see it here: http://www.bizfair.org/biz-fair-blog/
Lisa White of the SBA is our blog editor and manager.  Each of you are most welcome to submit articles for the blog.
Here’s how:
Write a blog entry for us: We invite you to author a brief 200 – 500 word article for our blog,...
7/26/2017  -  Upcoming events and IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Save the Date! Biz Fair 2017 - Saturday, September 30
www.bizfair.org
One day, one place - learn from the experts how to form and run a successful business at the 20th annual Washington Small Business Fair.  Biz Fair 2017 happens Saturday, September 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th Street, in Renton. Sharpen your skills - attend seminars that cover important, up-to-date topics for all stages of business ownership....
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Save the Date! Biz Fair 2017 - Saturday, September 30
www.bizfair.org
One day, one place - learn from the experts how to form and run a successful business at the 20th annual Washington Small Business Fair.  Biz Fair 2017 happens Saturday, September 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th Street, in Renton. Sharpen your skills - attend seminars that cover important, up-to-date topics for all stages of business ownership....
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   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Free IRS Webinars

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/webinars-for-small-businesses-1
Understanding Form 8300
(Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business)
June 15, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. Pacific
Register & Attend: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/20341
June 15, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. Pacific (closed captioning offered)
Register & Attend:...
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...
National Small Business Week Events:
 
IRS Tax Tools in 10 …
Give us 10-minutes, and we’ll give you the tax tools to help meet your small business needs!
The Internal Revenue Service recognizes the fact that small business owners are the heart and soul of the economic community, and often have little time to learn about taxes.  To make taxes less taxing, a series of online educational tax discussions is being offered as part of National Small Business...
4/7/2017  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Free IRS Webinars
https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/webinars-for-small-businesses-1
Understanding Payment Options – Part II
This free web conference will provide an overview of Payment Options. The presentation will focus on Installment agreements, Online Payment Agreement application, Offers in Compromise and OIC Pre-qualifier tool.
 
April 20, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. Pacific
Register & Attend:...
Form W-2/SSN Data Theft: Information for Businesses and Payroll Service Providers
https://www.irs.gov/individuals/form-w2-ssn-data-theft-information-for-businesses-and-payroll-service-providers
Currently, a particularly dangerous email scam is circulating. Cybercriminals use various spoofing techniques to disguise an email, making it appear as if it is from an organization executive. The email is sent to an employee in the payroll or human resources department, requesting a list of all...
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   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Seattle SBA Jump Start Workshop Series Returns - Registration Now Open
https://www.eventbrite.com/d/wa--seattle/jump-start-seattle/?mode=search
The SBA Seattle District Office is pleased to announce the anticipated return of the Jump Start workshop series, a free four-day workshop series aimed at new and aspiring small businesses. The series is offered as part of the National Small Business Week celebration. You are welcome to sign up for one class, one...
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...
Announcements & Upcoming Events:

 
IRS Webinar: Understanding the Sharing Economy
https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/webinars-for-small-businesses-1#ready

The presentation will focus on defining the Sharing Economy, tax implications for individuals performing services, determining employee/independent contractor, rules for home rentals, business expenses, and employer/payer employment tax obligations.
 
The webinar will be presented twice on...
Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others
https://www.irs.gov/uac/dangerous-w-2-phishing-scam-evolving-targeting-schools-restaurants-hospitals-tribal-groups-and-others
The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert today to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal...
1/26/2017  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week Events - January 30 to February 3
IRS/FTC Webinar: Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Information
Presented by the Federal Trade Commission & Internal Revenue Service
Wednesday, February 1
12:00—1:00 pm Alaska | 1:00—2:00 pm Pacific | 2:00—3:00 pm Mountain
Learn about identity theft, new imposter scams targeting businesses, cybersecurity practices to reduce your risk, data breach avoidance...
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 you to use in social...
Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Information:
Practical Identity Safety Practices
 
FREE Webinar for Small Business Organizations and their members
 
Presented by the Federal Trade Commission & Internal Revenue Service
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
12:00—1:00 pm Alaska
1:00—2:00 pm Pacific
2:00—3:00 pm Mountain
 
Learn about identity theft, new imposter scams targeting businesses, cybersecurity practices to reduce your risk, data...
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   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:

 
Nominate a business for the SBA 2017 Washington State Small Business Awards!
Preliminary nomination deadline -- Thursday, December 1
Know a small business, entrepreneur or business advocate with an amazing story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the SBA 2017 Washington State and National Small Business Week Awards. A company or owner may self-nominate. To read more about the categories and criteria or to complete a brief...
10/26/2016  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Archived IRS Webinar: Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself From Data Theft
http://www.irsvideos.gov/ProtectYourClientsProtectYourselfFromDataTheft-Webinar20160817/
Information on the Security Summit initiatives for FY 2017, including enhancing tax professional awareness of client data safeguards, legal requirements and best practices to better protect taxpayer information....
8/16/2016  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Save the Date! Biz Fair 2016 - Saturday, September 24
www.bizfair.org
One day, one place - learn from the experts how to form and run a successful business at the 20th annual Washington Small Business Fair.  Biz Fair 2016 happens Saturday, September 24, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th Street, in Renton. Sharpen your skills - attend seminars that cover important, up-to-date topics for all stages of business ownership....
7/25/2016  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Save the Date! Biz Fair 2016 - Saturday, September 24
www.bizfair.org
One day, one place - learn from the experts how to form and run a successful business at the 20th annual Washington Small Business Fair.  Biz Fair 2016 happens Saturday, September 24, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th Street, in Renton. Sharpen your skills - attend seminars that cover important, up-to-date topics for all stages of business ownership....
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   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Small Business Administration Workshops
https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wa/seattle
SBA offers a variety of workshops, some online and others in person.
Seattle - Free Workshop Thursdays – June 23
Online Free Workshop Thursdays – June 23
 
SCORE Workshops
SCORE offers workshops designed to give you the skills necessary to start your own successful business. 
Seattle:...
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...
Announcements & Upcoming Events:

 
IRS Webinars for Small Businesses
https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/webinars-for-small-businesses
Four free webinars for small businesses to celebrate National Small Business Week.  Each webinar is one hour in length, and runs from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time.
 
Tax Tips for Your New Business - May 2, 2016
Register here: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/14468
Topics...
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   
Announcements & Upcoming Events: 
Identity Theft: Keeping Your Business & Your Customers Safe
To register, click here:  https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1147/12536
A FREE webinar for small business organizations and their members, presented by the Federal Trade Commission, 
Internal Revenue Service and the Small Business Administration
Thursday, February 11
9:00—10:15 am Alaska | 10:00—11:15 am Pacific | 11:00 am—12:15 pm...
12/23/2015  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
IRS General Employment Tax Issues Webinar Now Available On Demand!
http://www.irsvideos.gov/GeneralEmploymentTaxIssues/
This webinar is now archived on the IRS Video Portal. It’s critical for business owners to understand the various types of employment-related taxes they may be required to deposit and report. Watch General Employment Tax Issues webinar on-demand.  Learn about: worker classification, Voluntary Classification Settlement Program,...
12/4/2015  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
IRS Business Taxes for the Self Employed Webinar Now Available On Demand!
http://www.irsvideos.gov/BusinessTaxesForTheSelfEmployedTheBasics/
The IRS webinar “Business Taxes for the Self-Employed: The Basics” is now archived and available for viewing on the IRS Video Portal.
For more information on Business Taxes for the Self-Employed, visit IRS.gov:
Fact Sheet: Business Taxes for the Self-Employed: The Basics

Other Related...
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
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
Fringe Benefits
...
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...
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   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:

Washington State Dept of Labor & Industries - Free Contractor Training Days

http://www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Contractors/Workshops/Contractor/

More than 25 different classes are offered on subjects including: safety, managing your claims to control your workers' compensation costs, public works contracting, business planning, risk management, marketing and more.  See the link above for registration information.
June 26 -- Skagit...
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
https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/webinars-for-small-businesses
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 criteria
·        ...
 
Free IRS Webinar: Tips vs. Service Charges -- What Are They and How Are They Reported?


 https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/webinars-for-small-businesses
 
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/outreach-and-education/shop-resources-2018.html
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, is offering a webinar series for small business employers, agents, brokers and other interested stakeholders, about...
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   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Washington Healthplanfinder Small Business Enrollment Event
http://wahbexchange.org/index.php?cID=1468
Small businesses can now purchase health insurance through the new online marketplace, Washington Healthplanfinder Business. Free, personalized help from brokers will be available. Get information from event partners about health care options for yourself and your company. Compare small business health plans side by side. Review your options and get...
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
IRS Business Use of Your Home Webinar is Now Available on Demand!
http://www.irsvideos.gov/BusinessUseofYourHome
This IRS webinar is now archived and available for viewing in the IRS Video Portal.  It originally aired on September 10, 2014.
Topics discussed during the webinar included:
·         Simplified and regular option for claiming the home office deduction...
9/11/2014  -  Upcoming events & IRS news releases   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Biz Fair 2014 - Saturday, September 27 -  One Day, One Place 
One day, one place - learn from the experts how to form and run a small business at the 18th annual Washington Small Business Fair.   Connect with government agencies and business organizations to get the information you need.  Biz Fair 2014 happens Saturday, September 27, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th Street, in Renton. 

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Biz Fair 2014 - Saturday, September 27 -  One Day, One Place 
Learn from the experts how to form and run a successful business at the 18th annual Washington Small Business Fair.  Biz Fair 2014 happens Saturday, September 27, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th Street, in Renton.
Sharpen your skills - attend seminars that cover important, up-to-date topics for all stages of business ownership. Savvy business experts share their knowledge and real-life...
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
 
Tax filing questions or need to check on a tax account issue?
Call the IRS Business & Specialty Toll Free number, 1-800-829-4933, open Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. your local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time).  You can find a complete list of IRS toll free numbers here. And yes, during the tax season there will be long hold times on that line!
 
Did you know? One of the best ways to get information...
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!   
A Week of Free Workshops May 12-16 – SBA’s Jumpstart Your Business Series
http://www.sba.gov/tools/events?distance%5Bpostal_code%5D=&distance%5Bsearch_distance%5D=200&field_event_date_value%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=2014-05-11&field_event_date_value2%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=2014-05-17&field_event_affiliation_tid%5B%5D=22218&field_event_topic_value%5B%5D=2&=Submit
Jump Start Your Business is a series of free workshops designed to help start-up and existing small...
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   
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
 
Tax filing questions or need to check on a tax account issue?
Call the IRS Business & Specialty Toll Free number, 1-800-829-4933, open Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. your local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time).  You can find a complete list of IRS toll free numbers here. And yes, during the tax season there will be long hold times on that line!
 
Did you know? One of the best ways to get information...
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.
SBLT Members
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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