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Application portal opens this week!
Working Washington Small Business Grants: Round 3

Washington State is releasing an additional $50 million in grants to small businesses hardest hit by the pandemic and public safety measures.

Priority will be given to applications received by Dec. 10, 2020.

The maximum award grant will be up to $20,000.

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COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund

If you are an immigrant experiencing hard times because of COVID-19, and you aren’t eligible for federal financial relief or unemployment insurance, this fund is for you. Apply for the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund and receive a $1,000 one-time direct payment (up to $3,000 per household).

Apply before December 6th!
Business Tax Relief Options

In response to the Governor’s new COVID-19 guidance, the Department of Revenue plans to offer several relief options for impacted businesses.

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Advisory Committee Spotlight
Irene Reyes 🔍

Irene Reyes serves on OMWBE's Advisory Committee, and is the owner of Excel Supply Company—one of the leading importers and distributors of gloves, safety, medical, and janitorial equipment in the Northwest.

Irene recently received the Hammer Award from the National Association of Minority Contractors Washington recognizing her impact on laws, policies, and opportunities benefitting NAMC-WA members and the construction industry.

Thank you for all the work that you do!

Welcome to the Team!
Sharon Harvey

Sharon joins OMWBE to serve as our new Certification Compliance and Training Analyst. Sharon comes to us from the Administrative Office of the Courts where she provided support to judicial officers. Her passion for law and justice led her to join OMWBE to assist minority and women owned small businesses become certified to handle state contracts.

Sharon taught English in Fukuoka, Japan for a year and has a J.D. and business law concentration from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She studied government and politics and Japanese studies at the University of Maryland at College Park. Sharon has lived in Olympia, WA for seven years and loves trying out local restaurants, hiking, travelling, learning foreign languages, and spending time with family and friends.

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New Certifications

In the month of October, OMWBE issued 53 new business certifications! We are proud to serve so many qualified firms, and thank each and every one of you for working with us.

For a full list, please visit our website

OMWBE Director Lisa van der Lugt
December 1st, 2020

Director's Message

December is here, and we are looking forward to what January will bring. While 2020 has been one of the most challenging years of our lives, OMWBE has made great strides as an agency. We added six new team members, building our Executive Leadership, Communications, and Certification Teams so we can better serve you. We expanded our DBE technical assistance program in Eastern and Western Washington. We certified over 485 businesses that are new to government contracting and procurement, and many more that renewed their OMWBE certification status.

Our focus on 2021 is Equity. The Governor's Office has renewed its commitment to serving the people in our state that need help the most. This includes communities of color and women who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and rural communities that don't have access to broadband. We will do our part to support these efforts by guiding state agencies to increase opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses in government contracting. We look forward to continuing to serve you in the new year and wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

Best,

Lisa van der Lugt
Director

Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises

1110 Capitol Way S #150, Olympia
WA 98501 United States

Our physical office remains closed due to COVID-19. We are available by phone and email during regular business hours.

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