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From Local To Global Workshops. This 13 minute video provides an introduction to global trade.

from local to Global

The William Factory Incubator, Safira Sanders and other professionals will present a series of workshops and 1:1 assistance from August through December, 2021: “Local to Global”.

Safira will take participants through a series of workshops and “hands on assistance” designed for beginners-to-intermediate entrepreneurs pursuing worldwide markets.

These interactive training events will engage participants from initial steps such as licensing, websites, social media and electronic transactions to advanced stages of shipping, currencies, negotiations and culture using editcode.co as a live case study.

Events will showcase best practices that can take owners/operators of small firms to a global scale. Specialists from the US SBA, World Trade Center, a CPA, PhD candidate in entrepreneurial finance, an international marketing specialist and others will be invited to share insights on establishing viable transnational customer networks, enabling a much larger market for products,services and suppliers.

ABOUT SAFIRA SANDERS: Safira will share her wealth of experience from advanced marketing, NYC and LA connections, and how-to-do-it practices from her company – giving you insights from the backrooms and overseas contacts that spur international trade. Topics include: licensing, business structures, banking, website, marketing, shipping and risks. Learn how to find manufacturers, create samples, develop cultural currency, negotiate and make financing arrangements. Safira will demonstrate how a startup and small enterprise can access markets in 100 countries while sharing actual  terms and business policies.

What we do…
We TURN InTeREST INto action

Financial Capital

We promote access to financial capital through banks, venture funds and connections with angel investors.


Education, Dialogue and mentoring are delivered through our diverse offering of workshops where entrepreneurs test their new ideas.


Access to Zoom communications, webinars, Adobe Pro and the Daily Journal of Commerce allow us to customize entrepreneurial assistance.

Business Strategy

Entrepreneurs can share ideas and increase knowledge from SranamaMitra’s 1M by 1M Roundtables, Stanford’s Social Innovation network, Harvard Business School webinars, MIT Entrepreneurship courses and an Incubator Google classroom for idea stage, startup phase and expanding enterprises.

Mentors & Coaches

We work with a number of Federal, State, and Local business support organizations including the Service Corps of Retired Executives, The Small Business Administration and local volunteers / successful business owners .


Network with global gateways in Seattle and elsewhere that allow Incubator clients to gain entry to the world marketplace. Connect entrepreneurs with professional volunteer mentors via LinkedIn matchmaking service.


Generating New Ideas, Solving Big Problems.

If you are interested in receiving assistance for your business please complete the survey linked below. Space is limited to receive one on one assistance but our workshops are free and open to the public. Filling out this survey will put you on our email list to receive updates about events, workshops, and resources. It will also put you in line to receive more direct help through our mentorship program and one on one services. We operate on a first come first serve basis so please complete the survey immediately to be eligible for our direct services.

Companies started


Jobs created


leadership team

Mentors, Managers, Coaches, Brainstormers, Mind Mappers, Entrepreneurs, Cheerleaders, Networkers, Incubators, Friends.

Tim Strege

Tim Strege

Executive Director

Tim has been a pioneering presence in the development of business incubators. He and his team at the William Factory small business incubator have aided and supported the formation of countless small enterprises, and served as a valuable model that others have followed.

Bethany Montgomery

Bethany Montgomery

Director of Outreach & Engagement

MBA and a former student athlete, Bethany has experience in team building productivity, and start up management. Playing collegiate basketball at the highest level (Division 1), and founding and running her own startup endeavors has imbued Bethany with the spirit and energy of an entrepreneur.

William Factory

William Factory


Bill Factory made enormous contributions to the community for over 40 years. He was instrumental in correcting past injustices that restricted African American Families from purchasing homes in local neighborhoods. Bill Factory was chair of the Building Committee for the Eastside Baptist Church, a faithful deacon and trustee. With his wife, Fumiko Sumi, he raised his sons Michael and Darnell, and daughter Doris in East Tacoma.


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