1 Million Cups


Join us for 1 Million Cups Tacoma
every Wednesday at 9 a.m. at The Swiss Restaurant & Pub

1904 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402 Get Directions

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December 24, 2014
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Rich Podszus

Free app that gives you discounts at a variety of business.

Meet the Organizers

Andrew Fry droid16@twitter.com

I am an entrepreneur and Assistant Director of Industry Partnerships at the Institute of Technology in Tacoma.

Barbara Bartolatz-Littrell @BBL

Tacoma Girl who loves this great city and is excited about where we are going.
University of Washington Tacoma

Dave Robbs

Jessica Otaguro

Joel Larson

Joseph Franco @jomarfranco

UW Tacoma Alum, Development Officer, Seattle Sports Enthusiast. I tweet sometimes.
University of Washington Tacoma

Kala Dralle @kala_dralle

My background is in marketing, retail and program development. I spend my days assisting small businesses in T-town to start, grow and be sustainable.
The City of Tacoma

Phillip Potter @vibeuwt

Unlocking the vast economic development and wealth generation potential at intersection of higher education, investor capital and military experience.

Sherry Hopson golocaltacoma

I am a local business owner (2 businesses in fact!) If something has anything to do with Small Businesses, Connections or the web - That is my passion!

Go Local Tacoma

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Past Presenters

Green Dot Public Schools


Green Dot Public Schools is a non-profit charter management organization, operating 21 middle and high schools in Los Angeles California, with plans to open schools next year in Washington State. Green Dot’s mission is to help transform public education so all students graduate prepared for college, leadership and life and to ensure that every student, regardless of race, income, neighborhood or special needs, receives a great education. We serve students who traditionally fall through the cracks in the traditional education system and use a combination of rigorous instruction, intervention supports, and deep relationships with adults to put these students on a path to college. In LA, where 93% of our students are on the Free or Reduced Lunch program and 98% are students of color, our students are four times more likely to graduate college-ready that students in neighboring schools and we have closed the achievement gap for high school graduation with middle class, non-minority peers.

eDiscoverySquad, LLC


eDiscoverySquad, LLC is focused on software and services for information governance. We deliver services and software deployments for an end-to-end system that spans archiving through eDiscovery production. Specialties: Cloud based IT Services, Archiving, Records Management, Google Apps, Google Vault

Pearly Whites Laser Dentistry


General Dentistry using State-of-the-Art Lasers to diagnose and treat gum disease and restore teeth using minimally invasive techniques. No rubber dam and no shots im most cases. Lasers in restoration of teeth kills the bacteria and unlike drills does not cause heat or friction on tooth structure and doesn't crack enamel. Lasers in treatment of gum disease kills the bacteria, removes infected tissues and biostimulates the growth of bone and supposrting soft tissues.

Provision House


Writer and self-publisher focusing initially on a series of business books for other authors. Publishing house (imprint): Provision House. Book series name: Enterprising Writer Books.

Puget Sound Legal, P.C.


We're a full service immigration law firm that uses technology and innovation to serve our clients efficiently and effectively. Law firms are notoriously solve to adapt and evolve. We aim to be the exception to that rule and to rapidly iterate improvements to how we work with clients.

Go Local Tacoma


Go Local connects local independent businesses to consumers, resources, educational opportunities and each other building a prosperous community. This holiday we are promoting our Shift Your Shopping campaign to shift our dollars to locally owned, independent businesses. Two programs that we are rolling out to fuel this movement are the Localist card and Shop253 online platform.



Shop253's mission is to showcase local businesses such as retailers, home-based businesses, service providers, freelancers, bands, artists, restaurants and non-profits to a local and global audience, and to inspire people in Tacoma/Pierce County to support their local businesses.



WACommerce is a business development and leads resource for federal, state, local and private contracts. In short we help company's locate contracts and assist them in the bidding process. Our focus is on keeping local dollars local.

FND Insurance


We work with you as a partner, providing a simple process to pave the way to the affordable insurance coverage you deserve. Our process begins with a careful listening and fact-gathering appointment to get a detailed understanding of your situation. next, we help you develop a plan and compare it to what you currently have. We are committed to helping you make the most of your insurance dollar. That's why we present plans that are designed not only to help you when you need care, but also to support you in improving your overall health and wellness. The result is confidence and peace of mind.

Revisioned - an urban boutique


We provide locally crafted and sustainably sourced artisan goods to a discerning community.

Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship


Help students become successful entrepreneurs



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Nuart Media Group


We are a creative house which creates and distributes our own products. We also provide creative services to other businesses and individuals.

Have Not Films


Have Not Films, LLC, is a team of industry professionals composed of award-winning writers and filmmakers that have joined together with the intent of specializing in the development, packaging, and distribution of motion pictures for global theatrical, television, and digital-delivery (VOD) markets.

The Social Bar and Grill - Paesan Kitchen and Bar


The Social- New American restaurant on Thea Foss Waterway Paesan- Italian brick fired pizza on Thea Foss Waterway

Saucy is a motivational brand , promoting entrepreneurship. Selling the concepts behind products. One step at a time



ChooseVets is a peer-to-peer web-based market through which customers can directly hire local military veterans to perform common or specialized tasks, jobs or errands that they need done. ChooseVets provides an internet crowdsourcing tool through which potential customers (who need personal services labor) can find and hire military veterans who are willing to work for them to accomplish specific, discrete tasks or jobs.

Stabilitas Ventures


We're Waze meets Control Risks for business travelers: We deliver situational awareness and risk mitigation via software as a service. Our target customers are firm Security Managers that are responsible for providing Duty of Care to traveling employees. With an integrated app and cloud solution, we provide near real-time location on employees and utilize geo-fences and push notifications to help travelers stay proactively safer. We have an Alpha-level MVP & begin a seed raise in September '14.

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce - YEA! Program


As a regional leader among Puget Sound business organizations, the Chamber facilitates business and government cooperation for economic and quality of life issues. Everything we do - from working collaboratively with public or private organizations to identifying and expressing the priorities at companies in the Puget Sound area - ties back to our overall mission. The Chamber encourages innovation, entrepreneurial approaches, consensus and collaboration, defining outcomes and holding itself accountable for its achievement.



Blending art & science to create alcohol with the purpose of joy, sustainability, and prosperity.

Taiso Fitness and Nutrition


We harness the power of your nervous system to fundamentally change the way you move to see instant, breathtaking results.

Poyeho Project


We are a non-profit registered in Washington that is involved in business development & training in southern Africa. We are preparing to make our 11th trip this October. We are currently involved in projects in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and South Africa.

Community Sourced Capital


Co¬mmunity Sourced Capital (CSC) helps small businesses and local economies thrive by building innovative financial systems for communities. Right now, CSC primarily provides loans to small businesses using funds sourced directly from people in their community.

Embellish Multispace Salon


Community based hair salon that offers unique and individual service. We have also been a platform for budding artists to show their work. We donate time and services to many people and organizations.

Another Jossy Productions


We do projects that simultaneously support the arts, small business, non-profits and community building. Some of the projects we have done include: Tacoma Art Bus, Art on the Ave Festival, First Night Festival, Maritime Festival, Tacoma Underground Tour, Tacomapoly, Cirque du Tacoma, Spectacular Tacoma, Small Business Shopping Tour, Community Garden Tour, Artists in Studio Tour, TacomaCentric at Freedom Fair, Speakeasy Arts Cooperative, Happy Friday Club and more.

Networks for Change


Networks for Change is a membership based, international intermediary network of change agents dedicated the transformation of the planet. Through mobilizing the social capital of our members, we unlock resources, assets, strengths, dreams, and opportunities that lead to holistic, resilient, and inclusive community and economic development.



SiteCrafting excels at developing unique web-based solutions that make businesses more successful.

Tacoma Strength


We are a gym which teaches people how to move, eat, and take care of themselves. We guide our members through a carefully designed training regimen meant to develop all around fitness and ability.

Green Box Batteries


Green Box Batteries leverages the latest advancements in automated selfservice and rechargeable battery technology to provide businesses and consumers with a whole new perspective on sustainable portable power by tapping into the growing demand for shared economic product/service solutions.

Tacoma Runners


The Tacoma Runners is a social running group in Tacoma, Washington. Our first run was in January 2010. Since then, the group has grown tremendously and has become a beautiful and active community. We host two weekly runs. Thursday night is the original Tacoma Runners beer run. Saturday morning is the free timed 5k. Interested in learning more? Join us!

FabLab LLC


High tech maker space an business incubator on steroids.

Side x Side Creative


Side x Side Creative is a boutique marketing company specializing in getting businesses and nonprofits the attention they deserve. We work with publication design, social media, content marketing, and other multi-media to get our clients noticed.



Lessontrek is a SaaS that helps home educators and teachers easily manage and track lesson plans.

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The organizers are independent licensees of the 1 Million Cups trade name and are not affiliated with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (“Kauffman”) or Kauffman Laboratories for Enterprise Creation, Inc. (“Kauffman Labs”). All information, views, opinions and commentaries presented herein are those of the organizers and not those of Kauffman or Kauffman Labs.