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Local Organizations to Host Longest Running Free Small Business Fair in State Sept. 30

For 20 Years, Washington Small Business Fair Brings Resources to One Place for One Day
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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Lisa White

SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office – together with local partners -  will host and participate in the 21st annual Washington Small Business Fair, or “Biz Fair, ” Saturday, September 30 from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m at Renton Technical College.

After 20 years with attendance averaging between 300 – 500 visitors each year, Biz Fair is the longest-running free small business event in Washington run completely by local government and volunteers.

Biz Fair consists of two parts – a resource center and business seminars. All levels of government agencies, trade organizations and nonprofits that support small business come together to exhibit their services at the resource center. Concurrent to the resource center, more than 20 business seminars are offered throughout the day on business topics ranging from raising capital to social media strategy.

“From its inception, the Biz Fair Planning Committee recognized the importance of putting on this event with a strict no-sales policy which continues to this day,” SBA Seattle District Director Kerrie Hurd said. “The no-sales policy sets the tone for the day to be about education and free resources.”

New to Biz Fair this year is a seminar on cybersecurity and a blog at where this year’s instructors are sharing previews from their seminars and tips for small business success.

The Washington Small Business Fair began in 1997 as a collaborative effort of local, state, and federal government agencies and local trade organizations to establish a free one-day one-place event for aspiring and current small businesses to gain access to the knowledge and resources they need to start, grow  and thrive.

After a successful first Biz Fair in 1997 and continued demand from the small business community, the agencies, including the SBA Seattle District Office, formed the Biz Fair Planning Committee with the aim to host the free event every year

For more information, visit or follow @BizFair and #WABizFair.                                                                   

About the SBA Seattle District Office:

The SBA Seattle District serves Washington state and northern Idaho with office locations in Seattle and Spokane. SBA staff provides resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – Counseling, Capital and Contracting. Visit for localized information including resource partners, lenders, events and workshops, success stories, news and updates, and other information aimed to help business start, grow and succeed.

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