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In partnership with Washington PTAC and US DOT Northwest Small Business Transportation Resource Center, the Port of Seattle presents the 2022 Advanced PortGen Workshop Series.

This 7-week workshop training program will provide education to small, minority and woman-owned businesses. This includes, but is not limited to, design, construction, architectural and engineering firms. While companies throughout King County and surrounding counties are welcome to attend, companies located in South King County are especially encouraged to participate. The workshop series will utilize subject matter experts with topics targeting the transportation industry.

The Advanced PortGen 2022 series will cover key projects and professional skills that are essential for effective management of the company. Participants will be introduced to procurement opportunities with the Port of Seattle, networking, and collaboration with peers. All classes will be held on Tuesdays.

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If you would like to select which sessions you plan to attend, respond to the pre-conference survey request emailed to you after registration.

Session Topics:

  • Introduction to Government
  • Proposal Writing
  • Business Development, Networking and Marketing
  • HR, Accounting, Finance
  • Surety Bonding, and Legal Contracts
  • Design Built Contracting
  • Small Business Marketing
  • Business Taxes and Financials
  • How to Sell to DES – Procurement
  • Legal – Contracting Language

Invited Presenters:

  • Port of Seattle, Washington PTAC, NWSBTRC
  • SBDC, U.S Small Business Administration
  • US Navy
  • Sound Transit, WA Dept of Enterprise Services
  • City of Tacoma, City of Seattle
  • Prime Contractor Panel: Miller-Hull, Rolluda, Mortenson
  • Matthew Rhinehart – Mast Point
  • Andrew Ballard – Marketing Solutions
  • Lindsye Beach-Hupp – BBIS
  • Kara Skinner – Integrity Surety
  • Danica Mason – Red Team Go
  • Graham Ralston, JD CPA – Graham Ralston Law

What: Quality training for businesses on topics related to doing business with government entities and primes as well as bonding and construction.

Who: There are a total of six training sessions that are open to all industries. The final event will be a networking event – scheduled on October 4th. 

When: The first class session begins August 23 and continues weekly through October 4. Join one – join all!

Why: The training providers seek to increase government contracts and subcontracts to firms in Washington.

Where: Tuesday classes will be Zoom only. The networking event will be in-person only. 

How much does it cost? All classes are free of charge. The training is offered at no cost by the Port of Seattle, the US Department of Transportation, and the US Department of Defense. 

Next Step: Register today to secure your spot.

Session Details


Class Schedule:

Tuesdays – start Aug 23rd and finish on Oct 4th. The classes are from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PDT). 

Aug 23 – Virtual – COMPLETED – video

Main Class: Introduction to Government

Introductory Presentations from Agencies: 

    • Port Of Seattle
    • Washington PTAC
    • U.S. Small Business Administration

Aug 30 – Virtual – COMPLETED – video

Main Class: Proposal Writing by Matthew Rhinehart – Mast Point

Introductory Presentations from Agencies: 

    • SBDC
    • SBTRC

Sept 6 – Virtual – COMPLETED – video

Main Class: Small Business Development & Marketing Strategies by Andrew Ballard of Marketing Solutions

Second Class: Contract Language Graham Ralston, JD, CPA of Ralston Law, LLC

Introductory Presentations from Agencies: 

    • Sound Transit

Sept 13 – Virtual – COMPLETED – video

Main Class: Recruiting, Retaining and Motivating Employees by Lindsye Beach-Hupp of BBIS          

Introductory Presentations from Agencies: 

    • Port of Seattle Contractors – Prime Panel
    • MBDA


Main Class: Surety Bonding by Kara Skinner of Integrity Surety LLC

Introductory Presentations from Agencies: 

    • OMWBE 
    • Washington DES
    • US Navy

Sept 27 – Virtual – COMPLETED – VIDEO

Main Class: Understanding Design Built Procurement Process by Danica Mason of Red Team Go

Introductory Presentations from Agencies:

    • City Of Tacoma
    • City Of Seattle
    • Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council

Oct 4 – In Person – Requires separate registration > CLICK HERE

Topic: Networking
Join us as we welcome our small businesses, presenters and agencies to this networking celebration. Space is limited!

This event will be in person Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at the Tabor 100 facility (7100 Fort Dent Way Suite 100, Tukwila, WA 98188). 


Networking Event

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