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One of the Nation's Best Counselors, History of Labor Day and Back to School for Entrepreneurs

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Local SCORE Branches Reach Platinum Status

The South Sound Tacoma, Bellingham, Spokane and TriCities  SCORE chapters were recognized as a platinum chapter at the annual national SCORE convention held in St. Louis. 
SCORE has more than 300 chapters, and only the top 10 percent can claim the status of being a platinum chapter, which is considered the highest recognition a chapter can receive among SCORE branches. 
TriCities had the highest customer satisfaction index in the nation with Tacoma a very close second. 
Congratulations to our ever-helpful resource partner who continues to help entrepreneurs start, grow and thrive! 
History of Labor Day

Labor Day Is About More than Good BBQ

September 5, 1882 was a Tuesday. On that day, five local unions in New York City reserved the city’s largest park for a massive celebration of its laborers. The organizers were concerned no one would show up on a work day. But on that Tuesday, 20,000 people came out to celebrate. One newspaper called it “a day of the people.” 
Today, we call it Labor Day.
As summer winds down and school buses reappear on the road, let’s take a moment in between bites of barbecue and family fun to remember the reason for the season: the workers who fuel America’s growth – in particular, the small business workers who’ve had an out-sized impact on this nation’s improving economy.
Let’s also give special thanks to our 60 million small business workers who account for half of our private-sector labor force and produce 45 percent of our private-sector GDP. Our small business workforce looks like America, employing more minorities and accounting for two-thirds of seniors, rural workers and persons with disabilities in the private sector.
Read the entire blog post for more information on America's workforce
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    Back to School: Learning Resources for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

    As students head back to school this month, it's a good opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners to learn a few new things too. Visit the following three websites to access free business education: 
    Learning Center
    SBA Learning Center
    Choose from 60 on-demand webinars covering topics such as starting a business, financing, managing a business, marketing and government contracting.

    SBA YouTube Channel
    Access everything from quick two-minute videos explaining various SBA programs to one-hour webinars covering topics such as social media made simple and what small businesses need to know about chip card technology.
    Local SBA Events
    SBA website or Eventbrite
    Prefer your learning to be in person or delivered by a local expert? View all the upcoming workshops and training offered by the SBA Seattle District Office and local partners on the SBA events page or search and register for events on Eventbrite.
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    VBOC Tacoma | Plan It: Small Business "It" Series
    Veterans Business Outreach Center (open to veterans and non-veterans)
    Sept. 7- In this workshop you will learn the essentials of the business model canvas, including its nine essential building blocks; its relationship to the “formal” business plan; and its effectiveness throughout the life of your business.Registration is required. 

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    Sept. 14SCORE Seattle | Building a Business Plan
    Learn proven techniques to plan for higher sales, profits and cash flow, and how experts avoid the pitfalls that cause many new businesses to fall. Registration is required. 

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    Sept. 14 - WWBC Seattle | Business Lunch Series: Small Biz Owners Tax Workshop
    Washington Women's Business Center
    A workshop designed to help entrepreneurs better understand small business taxes and resources available. The event is free, but registration is required. 

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    And don't forget to see what our resource partners are up to:
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    Phone: (509) 353-2800 

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    FBI Top Story: Chicago Cold Case: Seeking Justice for a Murdered Teenager

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    Chicago Cold Case: Seeking Justice for a Murdered Teenager
    Eleven years ago this month, 13-year-old Alexandra Anaya's body was discovered in a Chicago river, and the FBI is asking for the public's help to solve the case. Details

    Promoting Partnership for a Water-Secure Future

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    People filling their water cans with public water sources. © Foad Al Harazi/World Bank
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    A view of Sri Lankan city Kandy. © Joe Qian/World Bank
    Mother and new born child in the maternity ward. © World Bank
    Video: Preventing Floods in China Increases Rural Incomes. © World Bank

    Achieving universal access to water and sanitation by 2030 – how can blended finance help?
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