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Port Accelerator Cohort's Plans to Grow

October 5, 2022

The second annual Port of Seattle Business Accelerator Program is helping participating owners and managers access the knowledge and mentorship they need to grow and take their business to the next level. ​The Port of Seattle and the Northwest Mountain MSDC officially kicked-off the two-month Business Accelerator Program for minority and women owned small businesses on September 7, 2022.

The Port of Seattle and Northwest Mountain MSDC thanks everyone who took the time and effort to apply to this year's programming. Interest in the program was high with 56 firms submitting applications to be a part of this second Business Accelerator cohort. The selection committee, consisting of representatives from King County, Sound Transit, Mortensen, NWMMSDC, and Port of Seattle, narrowed down the businesses they believed to have the applications that most closely aligned with the Port of Seattle's goals, objectives, and future state.  

At the in-person kick-off event on September 7, the select 13 cohort members met, introduced their businesses, networked, and began relationship building with Port of Seattle Executives and some of the selected mentors. Over the past seven weeks since then, the group has met on Zoom twice a week, covering a wide range of topics including: building a business plan, sales training, marketing and collateral development, leveraging cash flow, and access to capital.

The group will reconvene in person at the end of the program for the graduation event on November 16, 2022. All are welcome to join us to celebrate the cohort's completion of the program. 

Business Accelerator Graduation Celebration

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
5:00 – 7:30 PM
Pier 69 (2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle)
RSVP Here:

Congratulations to the 2022 Business Accelerator Cohort : 

Marcus Cola
Marcus Cola, Apex Electrical Group, LLC 
Ato Apiafi
Ato Apiafi, Ato Apiafi Architects, PLLC
Sharon Black
Sharon Maxwell, Bratton Construction, LLC
Delton Johnson
Delton Johnson, Bubbers, LLC  
Tony Puloka
Tony Puloka, Three Guys Construction, LLC
Marilee Hanks
Marilee Hanks, KNOT Landscape Architecture  
David Molina
David Molina, Molinas Construction Company
Edward Byers
Edward Byers, ONIT Management Consulting
Dexter Turner
Dexter Turner, OpConnect, Inc. ​
Erica Norton
Erica Norton, Your Home Concierge
Tricia Lewis
Tricia Lewis, Pacific Rim Environmental, Inc.
Lisa Keohokalole Schauer, PointNorth Consulting, Inc.
Venky Ramakrishnan
Venky Ramakrishnan, Sigma Consultants Group, Inc.


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