Global Entrepreneurship Week

Every November, Washington celebrates entrepreneurship statewide by providing a special series of training and education opportunities to help residents start and operate a successful business. It is inspired by and builds upon Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 14-20), an international event that hosts entrepreneur activities around the world.

Starting a business is one of the most rewarding things you can do. And with a global pandemic shifting the economic tides daily, creating new opportunities, it is a great time to strike out on your own.

Entrepreneurship isn’t something you’re born with. You learn it from others. Through dozens of live, interactive events, our experts will share with you the secrets to starting and operating a successful business, whether it’s a new cafe on main street or the next e-commerce juggernaut. When paired with our new Entrepreneur Academy, you’ll be able to learn a wide range of skills, from mastering the mysteries of supply chain to sourcing capital.


2022 GEW Event

Date: November 17, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM-3:00 PM
Location: TRI-CITY Development Council, 7130 W Grandridge Blvd, Suite A, Kennewick, WA 99336

Cost: Free!

The Washington State Department of Commerce is inviting you to the Annual GEW event 2022! Celebrate entrepreneurship in Tri-Cities. Enjoy four business growth sessions and brunch. Network with upcoming entrepreneurs and supporters!


Time Topic / Discussion Item Facilitator

10:30 am

30 min

Registration and networking Department of Commerce

11:00 am

5 min

Introduction to GEW

Lynn Longan,


11:05 pm

5 min

TRIDEC Director

Karl Dye,


11:10 am

1 h

How to free up 50% of your time away from your business without sacrificing sales and profitability


Daryl Murrow

Business Coach


12:15 pm

45 min

Working Lunch and Networking


Opportunity Kitchen Program – Columbia Industries experience in helping and assisting businesses”


Michael Novakovich, CEO of Columbia Industries

1:00 pm


Best Practices in Hiring, Retention and Employee Satisfaction


 Dawn Karber, COO

Kevin Williams, VP of Systems Advancement

Spokane Workforce Office


2:00 pm

1 h

Creating an Entrepreneur Ecosystem

Paul Carlisle, WSU




3:00 pm


Closing remarks  


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Register for our in-person GEW event

On Nov. 17, Global Entrepreneurship Week will be live again, in person, in the Tri-Cities. The agenda for this free event is down below to your left. 

Register Now!