Washington Data Workshop for Business

Taking your business to the next level

Next Session: September 20, 2022

Critical Power for Small Businesses

Business leaders gain insights for building more resilient business growth for the future.

Give Yourself an Edge for Breakthrough Growth

Learn about approaches to get the right information for your business whether your concerns are identifying new revenue opportunities or operational efficiencies.

Practical Way to Get Started?

The latest data analytics tools provide an easy and affordable way for all small businesses to gain strategic advantage and build resilience for the future.

Find the Gold in your Data

Augment your natural instincts with information that will maximize innovation, growth, and resiliency, while minimizing risk and strategic mistakes. Find new business opportunities. Identify operational efficiencies.

Who Should Attend This Workshop?

This workshop is designed for leaders, management, and decision makers in small to medium businesses. Learn how to incorporate data analytics into your problem solving processes and strategic decisions. Priority will be given to businesses in Northwest Washington. No prior technical or mathematical knowledge is required for this workshop, only openness to data and evidence-driven decision-making.

A Chorus of Experts

Jennifer Noveck, Ph.D. has a decade of experience utilizing data in a wide variety of fields. In addition she holds a certificate from the University of Washington’s Center for Statistics in the Social Sciences. She is joined by data analytics experts and small business executives to share their experiences with the role of data as the foundation for building innovation into the success of your business.
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Workshop Details

The Washington Data Workshop series will be held in May and September 2022 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm PST via Zoom. Tuesday sessions will be focused on presenting new information and tools. Thursday sessions will be focused on practical application of the information and tools to businesses, with break out sessions where the participant’s businesses are the main focus.

Week 1: What is data analytics? How can data be used in innovation and resiliency in all industries (manufacturing, retail, medical, etc?)

Week 2: How to get started. How can small businesses, including start-ups with little to no data collected, start to use data to make decisions? How can you create a business culture that values data, evidence-based decision-making, and that is open to changing course?

Week 3: What data is available? What data tools are available for collection, management, and analyses?

Week 4: Should I hire or contract with a data analyst or data analysis company? Or should I train myself and/or staff in data analytics?

BONUS OPTIONS – More options to fit your needs

WA Data Workshop for Business

For the September 2022 session, the first meeting will be held on September 20, 2022.

  • Virtual sessions with optional “Watch Groups” at designated locations featuring on-site discussion with data scientists for those wishing to participate in person.

Data Analytics in Practice

Data for Industry Sectors

  • One day workshops for in depth benefits for incorporating data analytics within specific industry sectors such as Healthcare, Maritime, Supply Chain, Government, etc.
  • Details and registration for these presentations will be listed at nwirc.com when available.

Apply Now

Complete application here.

If business has had economic impact due to COVID, you may qualify for a voucher to be used for the Workshop fee. Apply here. If approved, a voucher number will be provided to be used in the payment portal completion.

Upon completion of the application, you will be directed to the Payment Portal. When payment is completed, you will automatically be registered for the Workshop.

Once registered, you will receive an email with all links and materials details.

Washington Data Bootcamp

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the workshop important for business?
Data analytics can provide businesses with powerful tools to solve problems. We now live in a data filled world that provides opportunities for even the smallest startups to take truly innovate steps ranging from mapping company performance to improving customer experiences to creating a more effective social media presence to raising profits, to building disaster resilient supply chains, and everything in between.
Isn’t data analytics for technical individuals?

While coding and the like can be left to programmers and statisticians, having a basic understanding regarding how data can be used and what it can tell us can help small businesses make informed, evidence-based decision making. You do not have to be an expert at software or math in order to use data analysis to make innovative decisions.

Who should attend the workshop?

The workshop’s target audience is leaders and management at small to medium sized businesses in Northwest Washington.

What are the objectives?

The objectives of the course are to provide business leaders with foundational information regarding how data can be used to increase innovation and resiliency in businesses processes. As part of this, participants will get acquainted with the types of problems data can solve, the types of data and data tools available in today’s market, as well as information regarding how to hire a data company or a data analyst.

What will I get out of the Workshop?

In addition to an introduction to the practicalities of data and data analytics in business, each weekly workshop session will include time for business leaders to apply what they learned to their individual business. This will allow immediate implementation of concepts and give leaders the opportunity to use their own real world examples when deciding what types of data and data tools might be most suitable for their business in the future.

Will I get any sort of certification by attending?

There is no accredited certification (from a university), however, we can offer a certificate of completion for Human Resources purposes upon request. This is not a for credit course.

Do you have any videos of past Workshop attendees describing their experiences?

Yes, three videos with past attendees can be found here.

What are the times and commitments for attendees?

The workshop will run in May and September 2022. Each workshop will be 4 weeks with weekly meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5pm for a total of 12 contact hours.

How much does it cost?

For each business (The listed fee provides for up to 2 employees per business):

Fewer than 25 employees $750
Between 25 – 50 employees $1000
Over 50 employees $1500

For businesses that incurred economic impact due to COVID, there may be government support for the fee. Please complete the brief document to learn if your business qualifies.

Who will be leading the workshop?

Jennifer Noveck, Ph.D. has a decade of experience utilizing data in a wide variety of fields. In addition she holds a certificate from the University of Washington’s Center for Statistics in the Social Sciences. She is joined by data analytics experts and small business executives to share their experiences with the role of data as the foundation for building innovation into the success of your business.

How long is the workshop and what days and times will it be held?

The workshop is a weekly commitment of three hours for 4 consecutive weeks. A total of 12 hours commitment. It will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5pm PST of the scheduled months.

How many people from my company can attend?
Up to 2 individuals from the same company can attend each Workshop session. The workshop is intended for leadership and management.
Who is NWIRC?

The NW Innovation Resource Center assists entrepreneurs to create, build and grow innovative businesses that strengthen the economic diversity of NW Washington. Learn more about the NWIRC here.

Workshop Fee

    The following fee is stated per business.  2 individuals can attend from each business.

    Fewer than 25 employees $750
    Between 25 – 50 employees $1000
    Over 50 employees $1500

    For businesses that incurred economic impact due to COVID, there may be government support for the fee. Please complete the brief document to learn if your business qualifies.

    Next Session: September 20, 2022

    This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP0152 awarded to City of Everett, Washington by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.