Port and Factory business incubator will host eight seminars on bids, bonds, contracts, negotiations and other matters

If you’re involved with a small or emerging business and you’re wondering, say, about government purchasing procedures, bid requirements or how to acquire a performance bond - or about dozens of other quandaries - then help is here.

The Port of Tacoma and the William Factory Small Business Incubator will present a series of eight seminars on business development beginning this month and continuing through mid-December.

The series is targeted at small and emerging business in the Puget Sound region, according to a Factory release on Wednesday.

Workshops will be held at Incubator headquarters at 1423 E. 29th St. from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on the following dates:

Sept. 9: Doing business with the Port of Tacoma and government agencies.

Sept 23: Managing your business and preparing for contracting opportunities.

Oct. 7: Understanding the solicitation and proposal development.

Oct 21: Introduction to estimating and bidding.

Nov. 4: Insurance and bonding.

Nov. 18: Change orders and negotiations.

Dec. 2: Working with prime contractors, subcontracting and joint ventures.

Dec. 16: Bid readiness – considerations and assessments.

The seminars are free, and preregistration is advised. For more information visit