Are you a current service member, veteran, or a military spouse interested in starting or growing your business?
Join the SBA as it celebrates National Veterans Small Business Week. Attend an event near you to get the resources your business needs:
Tuesday, Oct. 31 | 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Veteran-Owned Small Business Seminar: Opportunities and Obstacles
SBA Seattle District Office | Seattle, WA
Saturday, Nov. 4 | 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Veteran Small Business Symposium
Highline College | Des Moines, WA
Thursday, Nov. 9 | 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Veterans Small Business Resource Event
Spokane Conservation District | Spokane, WA
Save your seat
Join the conversation about National Veterans Small Business Week and share your veteran-owned business story @SBAPacificNWusing #MyVetBiz.
What does “pro bono” mean? It’s fancy, law school lingo for “free.” 🙂
Have you invented the next best thing or process? Do you have an idea that could be monetized into valuable intellectual property?
Protecting your intellectual property is an important part of your business strategy.
As of this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched pro bono legal patent assistance in Washington and Idaho.
This new pro bono program facilitates the placement of under-resourced inventors seeking advice about the patent process with volunteer attorneys who are qualified to practice before the USPTO.
The Washington pro bono patent program is based out of the University of Washington (UW) School of Law. In addition to legal assistance, the UW is also home to the USPTO Patent and Trademark Resource Centerwhere inventors can get free patent research assistance.
For more information on the new UW pro bono patent program, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to the state minimum wage
The minimum wage will be $11 per hour in 2017
- The minimum wage applies to all jobs, including agriculture.
- Employers must pay employees age 16 and older at least $11 per hour in 2017. WAC 296-126-020(app.leg.wa.gov).
- Employers are allowed to pay 85 percent of the minimum wage to employees under age 16. WAC 296-126-020 (app.leg.wa.gov). For 2017, this rate is $9.35 per hour.
- Seattle, Tacoma, and the City of SeaTac currently have higher minimum wage rates. The local rate applies if it is higher than the state minimum wage rate.
- The initiative does not change overtime pay requirements.
The initiative sets future minimum wage rates Continue reading
When you are starting a small business, every dollar counts. One best practice that all small business owners should consider is liability insurance. Most of the information out there about liability insurance comes directly from insurance providers, so it is important to do extensive research to ensure that you are relying on objective information to make business decisions. Continue reading