Port of Seattle lowering paperwork for small businesses

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The Port of Seattle and King County are partnering to lessen the amount of paperwork required for small businesses to qualify as a small business vendor for the two agencies. Through a recently adopted agreement, small businesses that qualify as Small Contractors and Suppliers can fill out one application to work with both agencies, and county staff will continue to certify applicants for the SCS program.

“The port is always looking for ways to expand opportunities for small businesses,” says Tay Yoshitani, Port of Seattle chief executive officer. “And most businesses and government agencies would like to reduce administrative costs. This agreement helps us reach both goals.”

The port will share the costs of the joint certification process, which will be managed by King County staff. “Our goal is to ensure that all business owners in the region have the chance to do business with us,” says Luis Navarro, director of the port’s Office of Social Responsibility. “By working with the county, we will make it easier and more efficient for everyone involved in the SCS program.”