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Jan. 8: ‘Cultivating Success’ course growing small farms

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

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EVERETT, Wash. – A 12-week course, “Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning,” begins Jan. 8 and will be offered 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, in Stanwood and Renton, via simulcasting.

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NSF program developing innovation, WSU entrepreneurs

By Mary Catherine Frantz, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

nsf icorps_logoPULLMAN, Wash. – Kevin Gray, a chemical engineering instructor at Washington State University, had a revolutionary idea. » More …

Brooks named SBDC advisor for Skagit, Island, San Juan counties

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Cynthia Ann Brooks has joined the Washington Small Business Development Center in Skagit County where she provides no-cost, confidential advising to entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to start, grow or transition a business.

Businesses today operate in a rapidly changing world, Brooks said, and successful businesses are those that can both adapt to changing conditions and pivot to new opportunities. “Business as usual is what we do without thinking about it,” Brooks said. As an SBDC advisor, “we are in a position to help people think things through in a different way.”

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Banking, marketing experts join SBDC in Puget Sound area

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Hornby, Mauck (l-r)
Hornby, Mauck (l-r)

TACOMA, Wash. – Taryn Hornby, a former executive in the banking industry, has joined the Washington Small Business Development Center at Green River College to provide one-to-one, confidential, no-cost advising to entrepreneurs who want to start, grow or transition a business. » More …

Seasoned entrepreneur joins SBDC office in Everett, Edmonds

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Kathy Rupert
Rupert

EVERETT, Wash – Kathy Rupert, an entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience in small business accounting and finance, has joined the Washington Small Business Development Center. » More …

Oct. 26: Panel eyes opportunities for women in finance, entrepreneurship, management information systems

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

women-business-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – Opportunities for women in the business-related disciplines of finance, entrepreneurship and management information systems will be the focus of a professional panel discussion, 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Spark 227 at Washington State University. A reception will follow in the Spark atrium. » More …

Sept. 21: Kaiser Permanente president to speak at annual WSU Seattle Power Breakfast

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

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SEATTLE, Wash. – Susan Mullaney, president of Kaiser Permanente Washington, will present “Health Care: Bold Moves in a Time of Uncertainty” as the keynote speaker at the annual Power Breakfast networking event sponsored by the Washington State University Carson College of Business. » More …

Experienced employee grabs reins as owner with SBDC support

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington Small Business Development Center

Carrie deKubber in Bob's Burgers and Brew EverettEVERETT, Wash. – Carrie deKubber has held just about every position at Bob’s Burgers and Brew over the past 20 years, but thanks to the Washington Small Business Development Center, she added a new title this year — owner. » More …

May 3: Learn about equity financing for entrepreneurs

Aziz MakhaniPULLMAN, Wash. – For the small business entrepreneur, equity financing can be a lifeline or a noose. The devil is often in the details, according to Aziz Makhani, a certified business advisor with the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC). » More …

Beer-themed bakery grows with upcycled grains

Baker Marley Shain Rall. (Photo by Will Forester)
Baker Marley Shain Rall. (Photo by Will Forester)

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

RENTON, Wash. – When Marley Shain Rall wanted to open a retail store to sell beer-themed baked goods, she decided to run her idea past an expert advisor at the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) who was encouraging – and skeptical. » More …