Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cyber Monday Linkup on E-Commerce

Bricks and Clicks:

The Cyber Monday
Linkup -
in Tacoma

A panel of experienced E-Commerce leaders led an engaging and educational discussion yesterday on e-commerce and how it fits into their local business today.

The Linkup, hosted by the William Factory Small Business Incubator in Tacoma, included both large and small businesses in the South Sound area. Some were doing business both online and offline, others were pure online businesses only. One was literally started in a garage, while others started as extensions of an existing business. The panel also included a local e-commerce developer, consultant and college offering E-Commerce classes.

With online sales growing at record rates, nationally, local business leaders, including both the Tacoma-Pierce Co. Chamber and City of Tacoma, are concerned with how much of that business is happening locally.

Online shoppers in the United States spent $36.3 billion in the third quarter of 2011, up a huge 13.1% from the same period a year ago. This was the eighth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth for e-commerce spending, according to data released this month by ComScore Inc., a provider of global Internet information.

For over two hours, the panel discussed the state of local e-commerce, and brainstormed ideas on how to increase local e-business, e-jobs and e-educational resources in our area. The discussion was appropriately streamed online, and broadcast live by co-sponsor KLAY Talk/News Radio, drawing listeners from throughout the region. A live 'Remote Tweetcast' was also sponsored by the Business Examiner.

The panelists included a broad cross-section of local businesses:
- Retail: The Pacific Northwest Shop – Bill Evans, CEO
- Tools: Carbide Processors - Tom Walz, CEO
- Jewelry: ArtBeads.com – Devin Kimura, CEO
- Books: Thrift Recycling – Phil McMullin, CEO
- Non-profit:­­ World Vision - Kile Rury, E-Commerce Manager
- Software: Skoot / Business Internet Services - Janine Terrano, CEO
- Consulting: Kaufmann Kreative - Bill Kaufmann, CEO
- Education: DeVry University (e-Commerce MBA program) - Bob Bunge

Each participant was invited to discuss their online program today, how they started, challenges they’ve faced, and where they’re going (or hope to go) in the future. Conversation also included operational e-commerce topics such as the cloud, web platforms, development, security, staffing, international sales, online marketing, staffing and shipping challenges.

It was apparent that there are some exciting success stories in the area. Lakewood based Thrift Recycling sells over 5 million books online annually, with a staff of only 2 people locally. Tacoma’s Pacific Northwest Shop generates about 25% of its sales online. ArtBeads.com in Gig Harbor is 100% online, and sells over 27,000 different items – imported from all over the world.

Both challenges and opportunities remain. Tacoma’s Carbide Processors CEO Tom Walz was particularly concerned about the challenges of finding e-Commerce savvy employees locally, and recently recruited two people from out of the area to help manage his operations.

Although the UW Institute of Technology in Tacoma doesn’t offer any courses on e-Commerce, there are programs at PLU and DeVry that may help to start filling the gap. The recent opening of Amazon’s fulfillment center in Spanaway, and the e-Commerce training program at Tacoma Goodwill created by Bill Kaufmann may help provide staffing solutions also.

The growth of local e-Commerce may well be described as a chicken-or-egg dilemma. Without local e-commerce businesses, Tacoma isn’t attracting local e-commerce support. Yet without such “go local” support, e-commerce business in the Tacoma area lags behind the national growth trends.

An exciting go-local economic e-growth opportunity is waiting to happen here in America’s formerly Most Wired City.

Bill Kaufmann, CEO / E-Commerce and Marketing Director,
Kaufmann Kreative E-Commerce & Marketing

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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Cyber Monday E-Commerce Linkup in Tacoma is just 1 week away! Admission is free, and a few lucky Exhibitor spots are still available.

Join us for an exciting, engaging and educational Forum where an experienced panel of South Puget Sound E-Commerce leaders will lead a discussion on e-commerce and where it fits in local business today.

The panelists include a broad cross-section of online businesses:

- Retail: The Pacific Northwest Shop – Bill Evans, CEO

- Tools: Carbide Processors - Tom Walz, CEO

- Jewelry: ArtBeads.com – Devin Kimura, CEO

- Books: Thrift Recycling – Phil McMullin, CEO

- Non-profit:­­ World Vision - Kile Rury, E-Commerce Manager

- Software: Skoot / Business Internet Services - Janine Terrano, CEO

- Consulting: Kaufmann Kreative - Bill Kaufmann, CEO

- Education: Tacoma Community College (Online Learning Program) - Dr. Timothy Stokes, and DeVry University (e-Commerce MBA program) - Brian Dunncliffe

The discussion will be streamed online and broadcast live by co-sponsor KLAY Talk/News Radio for listeners from throughout the region.

November 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
William Factory Business Incubator, Tacoma
1423 E 29th St,Tacoma, WA 98404

For more information contact organizer Bill Kaufmann at 253-572-5221 / Bill@KaufmannKreative.com or go to the Linkedin event page at: http://t.co/Gg30VBBk

Congressman Adam Smith's Technology Issues Update

News from Congressman Adam Smith
November 21, 2011
Technology Issues Update

USDA Announces Funding to Expand and Improve Broadband Services in Rural Areas of Washington State

Last week, the United State Department of Agriculture announced it will be providing funding for telephone utilities to build, expand and improve broadband service in rural areas. Much of these funds will be used for “last mile” Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) broadband systems. These projects are critical to connecting new subscribers to high speed broadband systems.

For example, the Toledo Telephone Co., Inc. will receive $18 million in load funds to install 292 miles of buried fiber optic cables for their FTTP system. This will enhance service for all Toledo, WA subscribers.

“Expanding broadband infrastructure is great news for Washington’s rural families. Enhanced services helps rural businesses and entrepreneurs create job opportunities for people who want to live, work and raise their families in rural communities,” Adam stated.
More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at

Technology Funding in FY 2012 Appropriations Agreement

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2012, HR 2112. Even in the current economic climate, funding research and technology is important for growing the economy and creating jobs. Here are some of the highlights:

· National Science Foundation: Provides $7 billion for the National Science Foundation, an increase of $173 million above FY 2011. NSF’s core research program is increased by $155 million to enhance basic research critical to innovation and U.S. competitiveness.

· Patent and Trademark Office (PTO): Provides PTO with $2.7 billion – the requested level and 29% above last year. These funds assist in streamlining the patent review system and help inventors move from an idea to creating a product more quickly.

· National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): NIST is funded at $751 million, including an increase of $33.5 million above last year to support core NIST scientific research programs that help advance U.S. competitiveness, innovation, and economic growth. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership to provide training and technical assistance to U.S. manufacturers is maintained at last year’s level of $128 million.

“Funding research and technology is crucial to our innovative and economic growth. Growth in the technology industry will increase our global competitiveness and foster a stable and growing economy,” Adam stated.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Linda Danforth, District Director, at: 253-593-6601 or via email at: linda.danforth@mail.house.gov

Interested in more information? Follow Adam online:
adamsmith.house.gov Facebook YouTube Twitter RSS

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cyber Monday Linkup: Tacoma's E-Commerce Forum
An opportunity to Explore E-Commerce in Tacoma

Join us for an exciting, engaging and educational Forum where an experienced panel of South Puget Sound E-Commerce leaders will lead a discussion on e-commerce and where it fits in local business today.

Whether you have an existing business or are a budding entrepreneur, you'll gain invaluable insights on how these companies grew their e-Commerce business, the challenges they've faced, lessons they've learned, and where they're going in the future.

The Forum will also explore what can be done to help incubate more e-business, e-jobs and e-educational resources in the Tacoma and South Sound area.

Sponsors include the Tacoma-Pierce Co. Chamber, Click! Network, and KLAY AM Radio. KLAY AM News/Talk Radio will broadcast and stream the discussion live.

E-commerce exhibitor displays will also be available during the Forum to help companies or entrepreneurs interested in ecomm with questions on security, logistics, connectivity, education, development, etc. The cost is just $300 and includes a significant radio promotion package the week prior (Thanksgiving week, including Black Friday!).

If you're interested in being an exhibitor, contact Bill Kaufmann at: Bill@KaufmannKreative.com or 253-572-5221

If you're interested in attending, please add a comment to this page or on Linkedin (see URL above) so we have a count.

Thanks, and we hope you can join us!

When: November 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: William Factory Business Incubator, Tacoma
1423 E 29th St,
Tacoma, WA 98404

Friday, November 4, 2011

Congressman Adam Smith's Small Business Forum

The Port of Seattle and I will be co-hosting a small business forum on Thursday, November 10, 2011 to give you the opportunity to hear from, and meet face-to-face with, experts from selected federal agencies, state agencies and industry associations to learn more about how to access capital today. There is a new reality in business lending and these speakers will offer advice on how to be successful in this new environment. There is no cost to participate. Some of the agencies attending include:

  • · US Small Business Administration
  • · Export Finance Assistance Center
  • · US Department of Commerce
  • · WA State Department of Financial Institutions
  • · Office of the Insurance Commissioner
  • · Enterprise Cascadia
  • · Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
  • · Washington Bankers Association
  • · Northwest Credit Union Association
  • · Region X Small Business Advocate
  • · Small Business Development Center
  • · Washington State Department of Commerce

Thursday, November 10, 2011

9:00am – 12:00 p.m.

The Conference Center


SeaTac International Airport

17801 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98158

Forum participants will have their parking validated.

Please RSVP to Roel van der Lugt, Director of Military Affairs, Business & Defense Programs at roel.vanderlugt@mail.house.gov.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Seattle Interactive Conference

Tacoma, Pierce County and the Chamber were all well represented this week at the Seattle Interactive Conference. http://www.seattleinteractive.com/. Hope you didn't miss it.

There were great speakers on technology, creativity, and emergent trends, including Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, T-Mobile, Yelp, RIM, AT&T, Google, and numerous other companies doing amazing things in the web, cloud, mobile, TV or social media space.

Hopefully some of the local attendees will see this and post some of the interesting things they learned here...