2018 Virtual Summit- Register Here!


Ends December 1, 2018


Did you miss the 2018 South Sound Small Business Summit? That is ok, you can attend online! For $15.00 you will get online access to the video library for each speaker at the summit.

Not from the South Sound? That is ok! you can still learn. Sign up!

Each year the Small Business Summit is LIVE during the first week of May in each year.

 Thank you to our Video Sponsor: Released to See Photography and Videography

WHAT IS THE EVENT?: Created in 2015, The South Sound Small Business Summit’s purpose is to support the South Puget Sound’s (South King, Pierce and Thurston County) businesses through an educational event that inspires and connects the community.

WHY DOES THIS EVENT EXIST?:  We believe that the local business community needs a place to learn from other business owners success and failures, marketing techniques and other ways to grow and expand your business.  We do this to give back, not to make a profit, that way everyone can succeed in business.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?:  Business leaders, managers and entrepreneurs looking to make the most of their business, employees and profit. Businesses with large or small revenue should attend, the topics help all businesses regardless of size.



How to work ON your business, not IN your business

Josh Dunn- Owner-Premier Media Group


 There is a bridge every entrepreneur must cross in order to grow a business beyond a certain point, a point where they must transition from “doing” to “leading.” It means stepping back from day-to-day operations and slipping into the role of overseer. Josh Dunn who is the owner of Premier Media Group will share his story about how he has done this in his business and some of the challenges he faced as well as how this crucial step has benefited his business.

Key Steps in Increasing your Sales Influence

Greg Towne- Executive Director- John Maxwell Team


Whether you are an executive, career professional, or an entrepreneur, your ability on how to influence others to either work with you or buy from you is essential for the success of your business. In this informative and entertaining presentation Greg Towne who is an Executive Director with the John Maxwell Team will lead you through a discovery on how to build a stronger connection with your customer or client.

The key points that you will take away from this informative session include

1) The importance of Attitude and Mindset
2) How To develop Referral Opportunities
3) How to add value to your customers so that they you stay top of mind


How can the SBA help your business?

Jeremy Field- Regional Administrator US Small Business Admin. (WA, OR, ID, AK)


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. SBA recognizes that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Get out of your Comfort Zone

Jude Larson- Owner- JML Real Solutions


Freedom from Fear: How to get out of your comfort zone for the benefit of your business.

What is fear?  Noun: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that something is likely to cause pain.

Fear can be a valuable thing. It keeps people safe and encourages caution where caution is due.

But it is more often a limiting thing: Not everything you’re afraid of deserves attention or caution. And sometimes, moments of bravery are what are needed to make your business and even life better.

Jude Larson from JML Real Solutions will show you that when you push through fear and out of your comfort zone, amazing things happen.

Growing your successful business (sometimes the hard way!)

Brian Harding- Owner- The Plumbing & Drain Co. 


Brian will take you through his experience starting a business, with his two partners Eric and Randy, in the worst economy in 80 years in 2011 and walk you through growing that business, which now has sales of over $5.5MM in annual sales, for the first 3-5 years.  He will cover things they did well, lessons they learned along the way, and how to implement key processes and philosophies to ensure success.

All profits benefit South Sound SCORE

The South Sound-Tacoma SCORE Chapter provides FREE confidential mentoring for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.


Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors

Paul Long- Trusted Business Lender for the South Sound

Timberland Bank

STAR Center

Supporting Sponsors:

Tacoma- Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce

Yelm Chamber of Commerce

Lacey Chamber of Commerce

Copy Wrights Printing

South Sound Biz (Premier Media Group)

Released to See Photography and Videography


Northwest Military (The Ranger, The Northwest Airlifter & Weekly Volcano)