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Fall 2023 Trainings to Advance Your Business

July 7, 2023

The Port of Seattle is proud to present its Business Accelerator Program and Advanced PortGen Workshop Series, both of which will be occurring this Fall. Both are efforts led by the Port’s Diversity in Contracting office to continue building a diverse bench of suppliers and vendors who can advance the Port’s services, efficiency, and sustainability.  

Women- and minority-owned business enterprises (WMBE), and small businesses, are strongly encouraged to do one of the following: 

  1. Apply by August 1st to be part of the Business Accelerator Program for an intensive cohort experience to help you scale up your business and the type of government contracts you receive  
  2. Register for Advanced PortGen Workshop Series to learn about the basics of government contracting 

Business Accelerator Program 

The third annual Business Accelerator will be held in partnership with Business Impact NW. The ten-week intensive training and mentorship program will cover key projects and professional skills that are essential to growing your business. Through the program, businesses will build lasting relationships with industry and agency representatives, while preparing for contracting opportunities at the Port and beyond.  

Curriculum topics include working ON and working IN your business

When working ON your business, you will:

  • Identify Your Paths for Growth
  • Set Attainable Financial Goals For Your Business
  • Develop a Growth Mindset
  • Network & Build Relationships

When working IN your business, you will:

  • Learn the Ins & Outs of the Public Work Procurement System
  • Forecast Your Cash Flow & Sales
  • Gain New Project Management Skills
  • Assess & Improve Your Marketing and Branding Strategies

Advanced PortGen Workshop Series

The Advanced PortGen Workshop Series is presented in partnership with Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center. The five training workshops will cover basic projects and professional skills that are essential to managing your business. Participants will learn how to identify requirements to be responsive, and gather resources to support your efforts in selling to the Port of Seattle and other agencies.

Workshop topics include: 

  • Government Contracting
  • Business Development
  • Prevailing Wage
  • Bonding and Insurance
  • Financial Considerations

Comparison Chart 


Business Accelerator 

Advanced PortGen 


Intensive cohort program with expectation to complete core on-demand content on your own time, and participate in weekly 120-minute online discussions and one-on-one meetings with an industry mentor

120- minute drop-in workshops once a week featuring a presentation


  • 2-4 hours per week of core on-demand content
  • 2 hours live online weekly sessions
  • 3 in-person events for networking, panel discussions and your graduation celebration!
  • 2 hours of live, weekly online learning
  • 1 In-person Resource Fair


Yes; Applications due August 1st

N/A; Register for each session you are interested in attending

Eligibility Requirement 

  • In business over 3 years; 
  • Revenues between $500,000 and $10,000,000; 
  • In the following industries: Construction, architecture and engineering services, energy, and industries within the aviation, maritime and corporate sectors 


Expected Level of Commitment 

Attend 95% of the programming 



September 14 – November 16  (10 weeks) 

September 12 – October 17 (6 weeks) 


Thursdays 4-6pm

Tuesdays 3-5pm 


  • Learning and development to scale up your business for larger contracts
  • Meet and greet decision-makers 
  • Build peer relationships  
  • Lasting relationships with industry mentors 
  • Learning and development to break into government contracting 
  • Meet and greet decision-makers 
  • Connection to technical assistance agencies 





Apply to the Business Accelerator Program by August 1

Register for the Advanced PortGen Workshop Series

Questions about which training option is best for you? Please email Emily Ho at

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