Empowering Small Business Success Throughout Our Military Communities

Daily Webcasts November 1-5, 2021

Learn from your peers!  Veteran business coaches will share actionable insights gained from business owners like you.  We will reveal trends and statistics affecting all veteran-owned businesses right now.  Hear from fellow veteran-owned businesses on their challenges and successes in starting, running, and growing their businesses.  Get a chance to win a mini-grant just for attending.

We value your time, so we will be delivering this week-long content in a succinct format over four 1.5 hour sessions.

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Last Year's Schedule

Day 1:

Leveraging Online Community as an Entrepreneur

  • Monday, November 2nd
  • 10:00-11:35am PST
  • Presenter: Flossie Hall, Stars & Stripes

Register for Day 1

Day 2:

The Marketing Plan - Improving Your Competitive Edge

  • Tuesday, November 3rd
  • 12:00-1:35pm PST
  • Presenter: Cat Mason, VBOC Alaska

Register for Day 2

Day 3:

Effectively Leveraging Influence and Price Structure to Drive Revenue

  • Wednesday, November 4th
  • 2:30-4:05pm PST
  • Presenter: Shawn Palmer, VBOC Washington

Register for Day 3

Day 4:

Financing your Veteran-owned Business

  • Thursday, November 5th
  • 5:00-6:35pm PST
  • Keynote Speaker: Richard Chacon, MUFG Union Bank
  • Presenter: Steve Watts-Oelrich, Director of VBOC

Register for Day 4

What's Happening

Each day a new topic and a veteran-owned business will be featured in a live virtual event that you can attend from a phone, computer, tablet, or Zoom-enabled streaming device.  Bring your questions about business ownership during unprecedented times, special considerations for veterans, and more.  Plus, have a chance at winning a mini-grant by attending all 4 sessions!

Win a Mini-Grant!

We are giving away 3 - $500 mini-grants on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, plus a $1000 grant on Thursday, through sponsorship from Union Bank. Come join us for one, two, three or all of the events listed in the week’s calendar of events below. We encourage attendance at all sessions to increase your odds of winning the $1000.00 grant on Thursday, November 5th.


  1. Must be an existing, veteran-owned business in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon or Washington.
  2. Must be able to prove existing business upon award by showing w-9 and DD214.
  3. The owner must be present at the official start time of the day’s webinar and remain through the time of the random drawing.
  4. Each day’s attendee is awarded one chance to win per day. All attendees who do not win a mini-grant on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday are afforded one additional chance to win the $1000 grant on Thursday.
  5. A business can only win one cash prize in any amount.

Daily Webcasts:

Register using the "Get Tickets" button above to attend!

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Starting a Catering Business

Heather Chitty of Madres Kitchen, Lilian Ryland of Naija Buka, Christian Morales of Ventures Nonprofit, Kerrie Carbary of Food Innovation Network

Overview of what it takes to start a catering business from both a technical assistance perspective (i.e. common mistakes, best practices, etc.) and from an entrepreneur’s perspective.

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Packaging and Labeling for Retail

Dani Cone of Cone & Steiner, Dylan Randolph of Bonnie B’s Peppers, Harley Soltes of Bow Hill Blueberries

General overview of things to consider with packaging and labeling your products from a entrepreneur’s perspective (i.e. lessons learned, things to consider, options, etc.). A buyer will provide perspective on key things they look for in terms of packaging and labeling when evaluating a product for a store.

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Exploring Sales Channels (Farmers Markets, Food Trucks, Pop-Ups, and More)

Dani Cone of Cone & Steiner, Devra Gartenstein of Patty Pan Cooperative, Jan Parker of Jan Parker Cookery, Sam Greene of Ahab Shipping/Little Rae’s Bakery

A panel of food entrepreneurs with experience selling through various channels will discuss the numerous markets and options available for food entrepreneurs and pros and cons of each channels. Market representatives will talk about other considerations and opportunities.

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Sourcing Regional Produce

Heather Chitty of Madres Kitchen, Sam Kielty of Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets

Learn about the process and benefits of sourcing regional produce and how to determine whether it can be advantageous to your business. For farmers, this session will also highlight resources available to help build an economically viable farm business.

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2020 Presenting Sponsor

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Sustaining Partners

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Interested in being an Event Sponsor? View our Sponsor Guide or contact development@businessimpactnw.org

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