Washington State Commission On African-American Affairs E-Newsletter



MAY 4, 2015

The Commission serves as the official state representative of the Afri­can American community—advising the Governor, Legislature and state agencies regarding policy development and implementation. The commission also works to establish relationships with local govern­ments and private sector organizations that promote equal opportunity and benefits for African-Americans

2015 Commission Meeting Schedule:

All meetings are open to the public.

Friday, May 15, 2015

OIC—Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington

815 Fruitvale Blvd. Yakima, WA 98902 1:00 PM—4:00 PM

Friday, July 17, 2015 1:00 PM—4:00 PM Location : Vancouver, WA

Friday, September 11, 2015  1:00PM—4:00 PM Location: Bremerton, WA

Friday, November 6 , 2015 1:00 PM—4:00 PM Location: Seattle, WA

Friday, November 6, 2015 1:00 PM—4:00 PM  Location: Seattle, WA




National Small Business Week is May 4-8, and there are lots of na­tional and local events to participate in. 

The IRS is marking the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week by featuring some of its most popular educational products for small business owners, self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs.

The IRS Video Portal’s home page promotes the Small Business Week’s slogan, “Dream Big. Start Small.”  Check out the special Small Business Week tab on the portal to find a selection of webinars on top­ics of interest to small businesses.

Look for Tumblr blogs, Facebook posts and tweets from @IRSnews,@IRStaxpros and @IRSenEspanol about the Small Business Work­shop happenings on social media.

Are you a small business?  Are you thinking about starting a small business? The Small Business Administration  is your source for the answers to common questions! Free JumpStart Your Busi­ness Workshops: Seattle Small Business Administration

http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/ bulletins/100053c

SBA Seattle District Office is hosting its annual JumpStart Your Busi­ness, a week full of free and engaging workshops for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Five different workshops will be offered each day. Some of the workshops offered are:

Choose the Right Advisors for Your Business

Marketing Trends

Which Social Media Platforms Are Right for You?

Q&A with WA State Department of Revenue

How to Become Export Ready

Franchising 101

Give Your Elevator Speech a Lift

Visit http://tinyurl.com/SBAJumpStart for a full list of workshops and to register.

All workshops are in the SBA Education & Training Center
2401 Fourth Ave., Suite 450 | Seattle, WA 98121
Space is limited soregister now to reserve your seat. For more information, contact the SBA Seattle District Office at workshops@sba.gov or call 206-553-7310

Small Business Administration Webinars (Free!)


Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recog­nizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year, five FREE webinars on a variety of busi­ness topics are available. Check out the list of webinars below and visithttps://www.sba.gov/nsbw/webinars to register today!

Do I Have to Pay My Employees for That? Common and Not-So Common Workplace Scenarios

Monday, May 4 -- 1:00 PM Pacific Time

Join SBA as they discuss some of the common pay and time-tracking questions ADP's HR HelpDesk fields every day.  Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), correctly classifying employees as exempt, non-exempt or as an independent contractor, and more.

The Secrets to Crafting a Digital Footprint

Monday, May 4 -- 3:00 PM Pacific Time 

Consumers are serious researchers. When they are on the hunt for a new product or service, they will search across devices, use multiple sites, and make decisions after reading quality content and reviewing videos and images. Join Steve Strauss, USA Today Small Business columnist, and Jeff Biesman from YP for this action-oriented conversa­tion. 

What Small Business Owners Need to Know about Liability for Counterfeit Fraud on Chip Card Accounts

Tuesday, May 5 -- 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Liability for counterfeit fraud on chip card accounts will shift from the chip card issuer to business owners who have not upgraded to chip-activated terminals. Visa will bring together experts to help you under­stand how new payment technologies impact your business’ bottom line.   

Voluntary Benefits: Not Just For the Big Guys 

Wednesday, May 6 -- 1:00 PM Pacific Time 

Many small businesses do not offer benefits. Many business owners don’t think they can afford them, don’t know that their business is large enough to qualify, or think they’re too much of an administrative has­sle.  But the truth is, you can offer a strong benefits package to your employees, even though your business is small. Join this webinar to learn more about voluntary benefits and how can they help your busi­ness. 

Payments as a Trigger for Small Business Growth

Thursday, May 7 -- 11:30 AM Pacific Time

Tune in to an interactive discussion featuring Crisloid, a PayPal mer­chant, and hear how simple steps like adding a payments button to your website can spur growth. 

Registration now open! The Department of Enterprise Services 2015 Business Partnership Forum provides training for private busi­nesses on how to succeed in navigating state rules, regulations and services. Vendors, attend this outreach opportunity to learn how to do business with government or follow www.des.wa.gov/services/ ContractingPurchasing/Events/Pages/2015WVES.aspx for more infor­mation. Sessions to be held in Spokane, Yakima and Tacoma!

Port of Seattle Small Business Program  - apply and compete for port procurements. Click here to sign up or go to www.portseattle.org, click on ‘Business with the Port’, then select ‘Small Business’ for more information. Small businesses, including minority, women and disadvantaged firms are encouraged to apply.

Project Access NW

· Seeks Administrative Assistant, Database Specialist and Primary Link Coordinator. View/apply at www.projectaccessnw.org

United Way of King County

· Seeks Donor Support Supervisor. Click  here or visitwww.uwkc.org/ about/careers/

Bellarmine Prep High School in Tacoma

· seeks a Robotics Program Moderator and Physics Instructor and Math teacher. Click here or follow www.bellarmineprep.org/employment-1/ to apply.

Seattle Community Colleges 

· Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Position #2014-00358www.seattle colleges.edu

State of Washington:

· Office of Financial Management seeks Project Manager for the One Washington Unit. View the announcement here or atwww.ofm.wa.gov/jobs/Project_Manager-One%20Washington_0415.pdf.

· The Department of Social and Health of Services (DSHS)  re­cruiting for highly qualified diverse candidates to fill open manage­ment and exempt positions. Find other State of Washington em­ployment opportunities here or go to www.careers.wa.gov

· The Administrative Office of the Courts seeks Judicial Adminis­trative Assistant. Apply here or at http://www.courts.wa.gov/ employ/?fa=employ.current.

King County seeks

· Senior Human Resources Analyst, job number  2015 WM04759.

· High school students: Apply for this paid internship at here or atwww.kingcounty.gov/jobs and search for job number 2015SN04732.

· Click here to view other King County openings.

City of Seattle

· Talent Acquisition and Equity Strategist and other opportunities. Click here or go to www. Seattle.gov/jobs for current openings.

Seattle Public Utilities

·  Change Management Specialist. Apply online or follow this linkwww.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/default_neogov.asp

City of Tacoma

·  Click here or go to www. Cityoftacoma.org/tpdjobs

City of Lynnwood

· Click here or go to www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us/ and click on ‘City Ser­vices’ for current opportunities.

The Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 20,000 Carpenter craft men and women in Washington and Ore­gon. Learn about joining the Union and getting paid to learn. Contact Kathy Swan at (253) 945.8800 or go to nwcarpenters.org.

Rescare has immediate openings for Nursing Assistants and Home Care Aides across the state. Apply at www.rescarehomecare.com

WorkSource offers free assistance to job seekers. Go towww.go2worksource.com to find a WorkSource office near you!


Seattle U Presents Chris Crass, Author, Educator, and Movement Builder for Collective Liberation will deliver a:
RACIAL JUSTICE LECTURE: Anti-Racist Vision for Our Collective Liberation: Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Matter to Everyone onThursday, May 7th at 6:30p in Pigott 103
Free and open to the public. Reserve seats at 
http:// collectiveliberation.bpt.me

RACIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOP: Developing Social Justice Leader­ship for Anti-Racist Organizing
May 8th from 2:00p-5:00p in Chardin 142
Workshop fee: $49 - Pre-Register at 
http:// socialjusticeleadership.bpt.me

A CALL TO THE PEACEMAKING CIRCLE PROCESS: Expanding Racial Justice Leadership Practices to Foster Healing and Rejuvena­tion with Circle Keeper Dr. Keiko Ozeki, Director of Peacemaking and Healing Initiatives at the Center for Ethical Leadership
Friday, May 15th from 1:00p.m.-6:00p.m. in Hunthausen Hall 110
Saturday, May 16th & Sunday, May 17th9:00a.m.-5:30p.m. in McGol­drick Learning Commons 122 - Boeing Room  
*Commitment to all three days required  *VERY LIMITED SPACE 
*Advance registration required ~ Pre-Registration Fee: $259 - Register at 

Darlene Flynn and Dr. Robin DiAngelo, an interracial team together will deliver:
RACIAL JUSTICE LECTURE: Showing What We Tell:  Building Cross-Racial Relationships
Thursday, May 21st at 6:30p in the Pigott Auditorium (PIGT 104)
Free and open to the public. Reserve seats at 
http:// showingwhatwetell.bpt.me

RACIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOP: New Racism:  A Cross-Racial Per­spective 
Friday, May 22nd from 1:00p-5:00p in Student Center (STCN) 130
Workshop fee: $49 - Pre-Register at 

Registration is now open for the live-stream viewing of the HHS Health Equity Summit in observance of National Minority Health Month and the 30th anniversary of the 1985 HHS Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health (the Heckler Report), on Monday, April 27 from 1 - 4 pm, on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

Please register in advance at 
Health Equity Summit Webcast.

The Summit is part of a year-long commemoration of the 30th anniver­sary of the release of the 
Heckler Report under the leadership of then Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Margaret M. Heckler. This landmark report was the first comprehensive study of the health status of racial and ethnic minorities conducted by the U.S. govern­ment and elevated minority health onto a national stage. This is a spe­cial event that will bring together health equity leaders, champions, providers and advocates from HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to former HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler, and the 16th U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, among other distinguished speakers and guests. The theme for National Minority Health Month 2015 and the Heckler Report 30th anniversary commemoration is “30 Years of Ad­vancing Health Equity; The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America.” For questions or comments contact: sum­mit@minorityhealth.hhs.gov.