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Yoga business grows, flexes to deliver corporate classes

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – When successful small business Three Trees Yoga determined to offer classes in the workplace, it needed to learn how to attract companies, rather than individuals, as clients. An ongoing relationship with the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provided support the expanding yoga business could rely on. » More …

Fruit, nut exporter connects U.S. farms, China markets

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

TACOMA, Wash. – Farm Breeze International, a specialty crop export company headquartered in Tacoma, did $7.5 million in revenue in its first year selling tree nuts and fruit concentrate to China. In its second year, 2016, it shipped 15 million pounds of tree nuts and revenue more than tripled. » More …

Business advisor connection sparks electrical service success

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

YAKIMA, Wash. – When Rod Cassel met Yakima business advisor Linda Johnson, he was looking for a lifeline. After several decades as general manager at a large, well-established electrical service company, the family-owned business reorganized and he was out of a job. » More …

Business advising equips autism practice for rapid growth

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

TUKWILA, Wash. – Takanori Koyama’s clinical practice for children with autism spectrum disorder was growing so quickly that in two years his one-person staff burgeoned to 24 and he needed more space. » More …

Business advising promotes teacher to Montessori ownership

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

MONROE, Wash. – Sometimes Thea Heineman cannot quite believe that she and her husband Aaron are owners of the Monroe Montessori School. Founded in 1978 by Allan and Gayle Washburn, the school serves approximately 130 families in Snohomish County and has a student population of 150 with classes for toddlers through third grade. » More …

Business takes off with youthful energy, career experience

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

CLARKSTON, Wash. – Luke Hossner was a 20-something on-again, off-again college student when his father, Bryan Hossner, suggested that Luke help out with an online leather care business his dad managed. » More …

Business advising helps therapist fine tune new practice

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

kim-mcmillinSPOKANE, Wash. – When therapist Kim McMillin and her husband wanted to relocate from Denver in 2014, Spokane was attractive because of family in the area and opportunities to focus on music therapy. » More …

Free advising helps spa owners polish their business acumen

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

trievas-spa-logoLYNNWOOD, Wash. – As a manicurist working out of her home, Trieva Katsandres walked her clients to the car so she could fasten their seat belts, thus protecting their still-fragile nail polish. » More …

Indian eatery rises from ashes with local, business support

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

tasteofindia-sign-webMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – As Puja and Kummar Sharma watched firefighters battle the blaze destroying their seven-month-old restaurant, they thought it was a sign: Maybe they weren’t meant to own their own restaurant. But their community wasn’t ready to let the only Indian restaurant in Skagit County disappear. » More …

Sept. 28: Clients share about success with business advising

aziz-makhaniCOLFAX, Wash. – Free, confidential business advising available through the Washington Small Business Development Center will be discussed at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Historic Perkins House in Colfax. Part of the Cup o’ Joe monthly business support group, the presentation will also feature two area entrepreneurs who have benefited from SBDC advising. » More …