SPOKANE, Wash.—The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has hired Katerina Korish as an International Trade Specialist for the Spokane Export Center located on the Riverpoint Campus.
 
Korish recently relocated to Spokane from Madison, Wisc., where she was owner and operator of a gourmet wholesale business involved in sourcing and importing Asian products for food co-ops and private enterprises. She has both domestic and international business experience in the real estate industry and experience in the international fine art business. She has a wealth of experience and understanding of the complex business culture and practices in Asia and, coupled with her background in the Russian language, she is able to bridge the gaps for clients interested in Eastern European markets.  Korish holds a master’s in Corporate Communication from Baruch College, The City University of New York; and from Minsk State University in Belarus, a masters in sociolinguistics and a bachelors in Interpretation (Chinese-English-Russian) with a minor in International Relations.

The two new export centers join a statewide network of 24 centers and 26 certified business advisors to provide small business advising services across the state.  The trade specialists, certified business advisors and the research capability are available to assist small to medium business with confidential, personal, in-depth advising to guide the clients through the export planning and execution process. Visit the WSBDC website to get contact information for the two export centers.

The SBDC Export program is part of a statewide export initiative sponsored through a grant by Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board, which is administrated by the Washington Department of Commerce.
 
About the Washington Small Business Development Center
The Washington SBDC promotes economic vitality within Washington communities by providing expert business advising, demand-driven training, and applied research to existing businesses and entrepreneurs. The SBDC is a cooperative effort of Washington State University, other educational institutions, economic development organizations and the US Small Business Administration. For more information on the mission and services of the SBDC visit the network website at: http://www.wsbdc.org.