Washington State Microenterprise Association to Host Entrepreneurship Symposium October 25 & 26, 2012 at the Hotel Murano in Downtown Tacoma

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The Washington State Microenterprise Association along with presenting sponsors Key Bank and Sterling Bank, supporting sponsors AmericanWest Bank, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the U. S. Small Business Administration and official sponsors BECU and the Washington State Department of Commerce will host the first Entrepreneurship Symposium on October 25 & 26. The two-day event is targeted at small business advocates, entrepreneurs and business assistance providers. Program highlights include a video welcome by Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire and featured speakers Michael Shuman, noted author, attorney and entrepreneur and Todd Greene, Vice President, Community and Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Established in 2007, the Washington State Microenterprise Association continues to champion the role small business plays in creating economic vitality. With a focus on innovative approaches, the Entrepreneurship Symposium will provide a unique opportunity to share, learn and discuss methods and resources to start, grow and expand business to create jobs and promote economic independence for individuals and communities. The Symposium will address the impact small business has on economic recovery and our combined capacity to serve entrepreneurs across Washington. Find more details below or visit http://www.wamicrobiz.org.

Attendees will hear about a variety of pertinent topics, including:

  • crowdfunding
  • youth entrepreneurship
  • food systems and co-ops
  • workforce programs
  • exporting
  • social media

86% of all businesses in Washington are micro-businesses (5 or fewer employees) and account for 18% of all private sector employment. On average, one year-old businesses create nearly one million new jobs a year nationally according to The Kauffman Foundation. The Symposium is designed to convene stakeholders around the common theme, entrepreneurship = economic empowerment for individuals and communities. In addition to keynote addresses by economist, attorney, author and entrepreneur Michael Shuman and Todd Greene, Vice President of Community and Economic Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, attendees will hear from industry experts and thought leaders. Representatives from the Washington Policy Center, Washington State Department of Commerce, Washington State Secretary of State’s Office and FIELD at the Aspen Institute will also be on hand to share trends, resources and more.

To learn more and to register visit http://www.wamicrobiz.org or contact Teresa Lemmons at teresa(at)wamicrobiz(dot)org or 253.661.0930.

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