Join your Ventures peers and bring friends from the larger business community to Microbusiness Saturday. Microbusiness Saturday is a full day, public event to celebrate and elevate local microbusiness owners by providing one-one business coaching, workshops, resources, and panels discussion for businesses with less than 10 employees.
Buy your ticket online or at the door. Tickets are $15 for a half day (morning or afternoon) and $30 for a full day. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided. Plus, King County Metro will be there giving away 25 $10 pre-loaded ORCA cards and $54 pre-loaded ORCA Lift cards for those who qualify! Please note: Ventures programs are available to everyone, regardless of ability or inability to pay. If you would like to attend this event but aren’t able to pay the fee, please let us know at check-in.
Want to know more details? Check out the full schedule below! (Schedule subject to change)
Morning Session A
Body Before Business: Self-Care Strategies for Solopreneurs
10:00-11:30 am • 2B (2nd floor)
Being the C.E.O. (Chief Everything Officer) isn’t easy – and sometimes self-care is sacrificed first. Take time for yourself and learn strategies that will help you and your business succeed. Taught by Jen Hughes
Morning Sessions B
Nuts & Bolts of a Business Plan for Your Loan Application
10:00-10:45 am • 2C (2nd floor)
Identify key points in the business life cycle where loans can support growth. Learn some of the factors that lenders use when deciding whether to approve a loan. Taught by Erin Williamson
6 Steps to a Successful Marketing Campaign
10:00-10:45 am • 3B (3rd floor)
Build a marketing campaign for your business to engage customers and grow sales. Learn how to create effective marketing materials and how to follow through on your campaign. Taught by Ryan Calkins
Morning Sessions C
Q&A Session with WA State Agencies
11:00-11:45 am • 2B (2nd floor)
Have questions or feedback for WA State agencies, including the Department of Revenue (DOR), Secretary of State, and Employment Security Department? Come to this informal, informative panel to hear directly from the horse’s mouth about policies related to opening and running a business.
So You Wanna Open a Food Business?
11:00-11:45 am • 2C (2nd floor)
Thinking about opening a food business? Learn the basics of what you’ll need to know from Ventures’ food business experts. Taught by Christian Morales & Bonnie Chiffelle
InnoVentures 2020 Information Session
11:00-11:45 am • Ventures office (3rd floor)
Interested in applying to Ventures’ annual pitch competition? Hear more about the program and get tips on how to complete your application! Applications are due Monday, December 2. This is only for Ventures entrepreneurs. Taught by Amy Hollander
One-on-One Business Coaching
10:00-11:45 am & 1:15-3:30 pm • Main Rooms A & B (1st floor)
Looking for personalized support for your business? Meet with business coaches from various backgrounds and areas of expertise. Available all day on a drop-in basis, stay on the first floor (rooms A & B) during any of the workshop session times to meet with a coach.
Afternoon Session A
1:15-2:45 pm • 2C (2nd floor)
Learn how to expand your marketing strategy and reach new customers through Instagram. You’ll get an overview of Instagram and best practices to get started.Taught by Ryan Calkins
Afternoon Session B
Hiring? Don’t Let Employees Stress You Out!
1:15-2:15 pm • 2B (2nd floor)
Whether you’re preparing to hire your first employee or you’re managing a team, learn best practices to hire and retain your employees. Refresh your knowledge of what you’re responsible for as an employer and develop systems and processes to make your life easier! Taught by Jen Hughes
Afternoon Sessions C
Do Less & Get More Results
2:30-3:30 pm • 2B (2nd floor)
Learn strategies to become more effective at what you do. These skills transfer from business to personal life and vice versa. Taught by Jen Hughes
What to Know When You Need Cash for Your Business
2:30-3:30 pm • 3B (3rd floor)
Looking for money to launch or grow your business? Not all funding sources are created equal. Get informed about different funding options and find out what you need to look out for when looking for cash. Taught by Erin Williamson