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The Market Ready Program supports established small businesses and entrepreneurs across Washington state who currently sell or are interested in selling at markets or tabling at pop-ups. Throughout the 4-week program will teach you how to maximize your time, energy, and efficiency to be able to take advantage of and participate in market and tabling opportunities. The program will be delivered in a hybrid of on-demand and live sessions.

In addition, this course will include weekly 1.5-hour live sessions. The live session will be held virtually and recap the week’s materials, include facilitated discussions, and provide opportunities for students to meet each other through breakout sessions.

Program Highlights

  • Specialized market vending business planning instruction
  • Practical and usable insights on the nuts and bolts of market vending
  • Targeted lessons on accounting and financial management for market vending businesses

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact WBC@businessimpactnw.org or call (206) 324-4330 x 135

What's Covered

Material Release Dates Topic Live Weekly Sessions
Tuesdays
10 - 11:30am
April 3 Week I: Planning Your Market Business Material   April 9
April 10 Week II: Nuts and Bolts April 16
April 17 Week III: My Money April 23
April 24  Week IV: Bringing it All Together April 30

Market Ready Program

  • Session One: Planning Your Market Business
  • Session Two: Nuts and Bolts
  • Session Three: My Money
  • Session Four: Bringing it All Together
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Details

Cost: Free!

Eligibility:

This class is for farmers, ranchers, crafters, and other product-based businesses who can benefit from selling their products at farmers’ markets, craft fairs, seasonal pop-ups, mobile markets, or expos in Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, & Alaska.

Time Commitment:

  • 3-4 hours per week of core on demand content
  • 1.5 hour weekly live online sessions each Tuesday

Registration and Information:

  • Where: Held Virtually. Links provided at registration.
  • Time: Live weekly sessions held from 10:00-11:30am on Tuesdays

Successful Course Completion Opportunity

Course participants who complete the on-demand lessons, attend all four live sessions, meet one-on-one with a business advisor at least once during the course, have an active state business license, and submit the final required ‘My Market Ready Plan’ will receive:

  • $300 Cost-share to use on approved professional services such as digital marketing, legal, photography, graphic design, or accounting services ($600 for businesses located in the City of Kent with a City of Kent License)
  • $200 Cash Award for tents, signage, market applications, inventory, etc. ($300 for businesses located in the City of Kent with a City of Kent License)

Questions?
To request further information, please contact adrad@businessimpactnw.org

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Market Ready is partly funded by the City of Kent

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