Opportunity to Grow Your Business Through Government Contracting

Make it in Washington is all about helping manufacturers expand market share, improve supply chain and educate the workforce.  One great opportunity to keep your business in growth mode is to explore government contracting opportunities.  On March 10th in Puyallup,  the Alliance NW conference will be held, bringing together small businesses, government agencies and prime contractors for a full day of relationship building.  Registration is $85 per person until January 31st and increases to $115 per person on February 1st. To register or get more information on becoming an exhibitor, click here.


Emily D. Harman, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Department of the Navy

The keynote luncheon speaker will be Emily D. Harman, who is the Director, Office of Small Business Programs for the Department of the Navy.  Ms. Harman serves as chief advisor to the Secretary and is responsible for small business acquisition policy and strategic initiatives.

The event attracts over 800 attendees and 125 exhibitors.  If you are new to government contracting, this is the place to meet government agency representatives, explore subcontracting opportunities with prime contractors and attend high-quality training workshops.  If you are already an experienced government contractor, this conference is an opportunity to strengthen relationships, explore other government contracting opportunities, and hear the marketplace’s latest news and trends from expert workshop speakers.

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Manufacturing Day Having a Positive Impact on Educators

According to a survey by The Manufacturing Institute, the annual Manufacturing Day celebration taking place at companies across the United States is starting to have a positive impact in raising the profile of manufacturing as a career. After this year’s event, 93% of educators were more convinced that manufacturing provides interesting and rewarding careers.

Check out the survey here.

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New Special Series on American Manufacturing

NPR has a new special series titled “American Made: the New Manufacturing Landscape” with interesting stories from around the country about the evolution of the manufacturing industry.

Go here to listen.

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Washington Manufacturing Awards 2016 Nominations Open

Select Washington state manufacturers that are growing, innovating, and becoming more productive will be recognized at the 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards dinner in April 2016 and featured in the May 2016 edition of Seattle Business magazine.

The nomination deadline is December 18, 2015. Apply here today!

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Congress seeks to pass long-term transportation infrastructure bill

President Obama could have a bill to sign in as little as a few weeks that would authorize billions of dollars of funding to build and repair the nation’s aging transportation infrastructure. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAMA), the largest manufacturing association in the U.S., has shown its support for a bipartisan proposal and increased spending for infrastructure projects. According to NAMA’s Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Policy, Robyn Boerstling, “The goal is not just to achieve a multi-year bill but a well-funded transportation bill. We are in an infrastructure deficit in this country, and if we continue to go at it with status quo funding levels, or just slight adjustment for inflation, we’re not going to begin to solve any of the challenges.”

Read more here.

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Vouchers available for small businesses building sales in foreign markets

The Washington State Department of Commerce is offering vouchers of up to $5,000 to help offset small businesses’ costs of building sales in foreign markets. Vouchers can be used to offset expenses such as trade show fees, registration and airfare, interpreter and translation fees, international certifications and more. Over 450 Washington small businesses have benefited from the program in the past.

Are you eligible? You must comply with all of the following criteria to receive an export voucher:

  • Be registered to do business in Washington state for at least one year
  • Have a federal identification number tied to a Washington address
  • Be in good standing with the state Department of Revenue
  • Meet the SBA’s criteria for a small business concern
  • Demonstrate export readiness
  • Operate profitably

For more information, contact:

Julie Monahan

STEP Export Voucher Program Business Development Manager

Phone: 206-256-6147



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Bookwalter Winery Patio
Join the Make it in Washington Team at Bookwalter Winery on 10/13

Come learn about how, at no cost to you, the Make it in Washington Team can help your company increase profits, attract investment, skill up its workforce, strengthen supply chains, better compete for work going overseas, and more.

Heavy appetizers provided.

What: Make it in Washington Business Connection Event

When: 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13th 

Where: Bookwalter Winery – 894 Tulip Lane, Richland, WA 99352

Kindly RSVP here if you will attend. Hope to see you there!

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Composite Materials Recycling Partnership Is Creating Local Jobs

The new Composite Recycling Technology Center, located in Port Angeles, will create hundreds of local jobs around conversion of carbon fiber composite scrap material from manufacturing into new products.


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$4.8 Million Headed to Washington State to Expand Apprenticeship Programs

South Seattle College has been awarded $4.8 million in federal grant dollars from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund apprenticeships in the advanced manufacturing and maritime sectors.


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WSU Researchers Make Advancement in Flexible Electronics

Researchers at Washington State University have found ways to stretch metal connections to twice their size, creating new opportunities for development of stretchable electronics such as flexible batteries and wearable devices.


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