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About the Pierce County Business Accelerator

Purpose

In response to the pandemic and the adverse impacts on underserved communities in Pierce County, the Pierce County Council has allocated $5M of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to launch the Pierce County Business Accelerator. The program will be administered by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and will serve entrepreneurs and business owners throughout Pierce County with a focus on underserved communities.

The Pierce County Business Accelerator will provide direct access to business resources such as relevant training, coaching, technical assistance, and networking support to launch and grow micro businesses in Pierce County.

Overview

PCBA Cohorts are 6 weeks long with 2 two-hour classes per week. Each cohort will include 25 entrepreneurs and 2 instructors.  The 6-week classes will teach each business owner the importance of brand identity, knowing their why, building capacity within their organizations, and how to access capital to accelerate their businesses.

Class Topics will Include:

Week 1: “Beyond the Brand” | Know your Why | Marketing

Week 2: “Power vs Empowerment” | Building Your Team | Hiring

Week 3: Accounting | Bookkeeping | Financial Literacy

Week 4: Identity Crisis | Perseverance | Overcoming Business & Life Challenges

Week 5: “Get Money” | Finances | Maximizing the Accelerator

Week 6: Business Banking | Crowdfunding | Graduation