Washington Small Business Fair (Biz Fair) is an free annual event for new and existing small business owners. Biz Fair is the longest running all government and non-profit-run small business fair in Washington State.
The purpose of the fair is to provide a wide spectrum of information that small business owners need, in a non-sales environment. The no-sales policy sets the tone for the day to be about education and free resources.
About 20 seminars and panel discussions are offered throughout the day. Topics include starting a small business, food truck businesses, financing and lending, websites, licensing, legal issues, marketing and selling tips, and more. The seminars are 60-minutes long and no registration is required. To help plan your day, find a complete list of seminars on their website.
Between seminars, there is time to visit the Exhibitor Resource Center. Over 45 exhibitors are on hand to provide additional information and resources helpful to small business owners and answer questions one-on-one. You’ll find assistance from federal, state and local government agencies, as well as business and trade associations in your industry.
Stay for the entire day. Food and beverages are available for purchase in the cafeteria, adjacent to the Resource Center.
Attendees find the Biz Fair is a rich source of planning information, growth ideas, tips, pitfalls to avoid, and skill building. It’s a chance to increase your knowledge and sharpen your skills by learning from savvy business experts who share their expertise and real-life experiences in a no-sales environment. Walk away with more knowledge to help you start or positively grow your business.
About Washington Small Business Fair
When: held annually in September
Where: Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th St, Renton, WA. Plenty of free parking is available.
Who should attend? Most participants have been in business less than 2 years, and the majority are between the ages of 30 to 50. Between 200-500 people attend this free fair each year. Most attendees are from the Puget Sound metropolitan area, but each year a number of people come from other parts of the state.