South Sound’s small-business community is invited to learn, network, and be inspired during the South Sound Small Business Summit in Tacoma in May.

Founded by local banker Paul Long in 2016, last year’s event drew 140 business professionals who learned from small-business leaders about the challenges, opportunities, and successes associated with operating a small business.

This year’s event, which will be held during National Small Business Week in America, includes three speakers who will share their experiences on a range of issues.

Character development coach Travis Daigle will discuss how failure can actually serve as a necessary means to success. Anthem Coffee and Wine Bar owner (and 2018 South Sound Business 40 Under 40 honoree) Bryan Reynolds will share his experience of building a healthy team culture through heroic hospitality. Finally, veteran television news anchor and journalist Margo Myers will keynote the event, sharing her insights into ways to influence conversations.

The 4th Annual South Sound Small Business Summit will be held on Fri., May 3, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., at Tacoma’s STAR Center, located at 3873 S 66th St., in Tacoma. Tickets are $35. All profits from the event will be donated to the Alliance of Women Owned Businesses.

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