News & Past Events

November 18, 2021: Local Investment Networks (Established and Emerging) in Washington State

Local Investment In Washington State

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October 21, 2021: WSMA Presents: Tools and Resources for Serving Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

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October 20, 2021: Supplier Diversity Policy Discussion

What is YOUR feedback about the proposed Supplier Diversity Policy?

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September 1, 2021: Webinar Replay & Materials: Washington State Tax Structure Work Group Presentation & Discussion

Proposed updates to Washington’s state tax structure: What do microbusinesses think?

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August 26, 2021: Webinar Replay & Materials - Free Health Care Coverage for Child Care Workers: Understanding The New State Program

Who is eligible? Who is covered? When does it begin? Your questions answered!

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July 21, 2021: The Flex Fund - Is it Right for the Businesses You Serve?

See the webinar replay and program slide decks

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June 16, 2021: Clean Materials: Micro Businesses, Macro Opportunity

Building Community, Prosperity and a Healthy Planet from the Ground Up

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June 23, 2021: The Power of Cooperatives to Build Community Wealth

The Power of Cooperatives in the growing cooperative movement – and what it might mean for business development in Washington State

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Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA) Announces Grants to Organizations Serving The Smallest Businesses in WA State

WSMA has awarded $1.6 million relief/program funds to 46 existing and emerging Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) in WA.

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June 2021: Entrepreneurial Resources, Clean Materials Economy, and Cooperatives in June

Check out these great networking and learning opportunities for Washington State microbusinesses and others!

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May 13, 2021: Restaurant Revitalization Fund WEBINAR REPLAY

What YOU need to know about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund!

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May 12, 2021: Deadline for Relief & Recovery Grant Applications

Short Term Grant Funds for Microenterprise Development: Grant Portal is now CLOSED

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April 6, 2021: Building Financial Strength In Your Business -WEBINAR REPLAY

Learn About Business Tools, Resources and Financing Opportunities that Strengthen BIPOC Owned Businesses in Washington State. 

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March 3, 2021: WSMA Announces 2021 Grant Awards

WSMA Announces 2021 Grant Awards

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Michael Shuman’s 2021“Local Investment 101” Workshops FAQs

Interested in learning everything you need to know about local investment? Whether you are a pensioner interested in supporting a local business or a business looking for local capital, this course will be invaluable.

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Jan 27, 2021: Rebuilding Better: Local Investment Networks (LINs) and The Post-COVID Economy

This virtual discussion about local investment networks featured author and investment advisor Michael Shuman about how our local LINs can help shape our economy after COVID-19. 

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November 30, 2020: Growing Local Investment Networks In Washington State

This November 30, 2020 panel discussion highlighted efforts throughout the state to expand Local Investment Networks, especially in rural communities as part of the Washington State Department of Commerce Global Entrepreneurship Month Program Series. 

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June 30, 2020: How To Mobilize Grassroots Investors for Washington’s Post-COVID Reconstruction

The Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA) held the Zoom event: “How To Mobilize Grassroots Investors for Washington’s Post-COVID Reconstruction” featuring economist, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and a leading visionary on community economics, Michael Shuman and local investment network leaders throughout Washington.

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June 23, 2020: Telling the Story of Microlending in Washington State

Telling the Story: An inspiring panel discussion and Q&A about micro-lenders serving our rural and urban communities in Washington state.

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April 14, 2020: COVID-19 Funding Opportunities for Non-Profit MDOs and the Limited Income Microenterprises They Serve

This April 2020 WSMA Webinar was for Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) and other providers who are serving independent contractors, farmers, microbusinesses, etc., in Washington State, during the pandemic crisis.

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March 31, 2020: Employment Security & Unemployment Insurance: A Focus on Microenterprises, Independent Contractors, etc.

This March 2020 WSMA webinar focused on the available COVID-19 resources from the Employment Security Department, and from Labor and Industries.

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March 27, 2020: COVID-19 Resources & Updates for WSMA Members: Perspectives from SBA Microlenders

During this March 2020 WSMA webinar, we learned how the COVID 19 virus and subsequent closures have impacted your organizations, and discussed how you are managing your programs with all of the disruptions in your work environments.

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Facing Financial Security Challenges Head On

At least half of all microbusiness owners—13 million households—have incomes below the national median of $50,000. Microenterprise Associations help entrepreneurs secure the small loans necessary to make business dreams a reality.

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Elevating Main Street Entrepreneurs Can Help Address the Racial Wealth Gap

Lower levels of business assets among Black and Latino households is one of the big drivers of the racial wealth divide.

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Microenterprise Organizations Work for Our Economy

FACT: Micro-businesses are one of the most powerful forces in the U.S. economy.

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