SEATTLE, WA — The Port continues its emphasis on building an equitable economy this summer by inviting women- and minority-owned small businesses, and other diverse firms, to apply for the second annual Business Accelerator, held in partnership with the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (NMMSDC).
Through classroom instruction and one-on-one mentorship with industry leaders, the Business Accelerator builds lasting networks while preparing businesses for contracting opportunities at the Port, as well as other government agencies. The Accelerator especially looks to support growth and expansion in firms working in key Port industries Airport Services, Construction, Energy, and Maritime Industries.
“As a former small business owner, I know how challenging it can be to win your first contract with a government agency,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins. “The Port’s Business Accelerator helps small businesses, particularly women and minority-owned businesses, to clear those hurdles. At a time when the Port has over $4 billion dollars of capital projects on the immediate horizon, we need to build our bench of business partners who can do that work. When those firms come from our economically disadvantaged and historically underserved communities, it multiplies the benefits of our projects.”