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Advisor helps family keep business true to their values

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By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

WAUCONDA, Wash. – John and Tree Kiesecker had quit their day jobs, he as an orchardist and she as a nurse, and were scrambling to make ends meet when they heard about the free business advising services of the Washington Small Business Development Center. They made an appointment to talk with Lew Blakeney, the SBDC advisor in Okanogan County. » More …

Market sale set, donations taken after fires halt county fair

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

REPUBLIC, Wash. – In her two decades as a 4-H leader in Ferry County, Kari Neal has never seen a fire season like this. Even in 1988, with the White Mountain fire raging on nearby Sherman Pass, the Ferry County Fair went on as usual. » More …

Advisor helps business continue as a community cornerstone

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

WSBDC-LOGOTWISP, Wash. – When fire came to the Methow Valley in July 2014, the difference between essential and non-essential became startlingly clear. Very quickly, Dwain and Erika Hutson realized that it was essential to keep their NAPA Auto Parts store open. » More …