The third annual South Sound Small Business Summit is from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 1, 2018 at STAR Center in Tacoma. The goal of the summit is to help small businesses in South King County, Pierce County, and Thurston County learn and grow.

Paul Long of Timberland Bank started the summit in 2015 to coincide with National Small Business Week, which occurs the first week of May each year. The Small Business Administration created National Small Business Week in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed it.

The 2018 speaker lineup includes Josh Dunn, owner of Premier Media Group, and Greg Towne, executive director of the John Maxwell Team. Special guests include M. Jeremy Fields, the regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Jude Larson, the owner of JML Real Solutions, and Brian Harding, the owner of Plumbing & Drain Co. There will also be an expert panel discussion featuring several South Sound business leaders.

Tickets cost $30, and light refreshments will be provided. All proceeds go to benefit the mentorship program South Sound SCORE.