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May 3: Learn about equity financing for entrepreneurs
April 20, 2017

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).

Yoga business grows, flexes to deliver corporate classes
March 21, 2017

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.

Fruit, nut exporter connects U.S. farms, China markets
February 23, 2017

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.

Business advisor connection sparks electrical service success
February 21, 2017

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.

Business advising equips autism practice for rapid growth
February 13, 2017

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.

Business advising promotes teacher to Montessori ownership
February 1, 2017

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.

Business takes off with youthful energy, career experience
December 7, 2016

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.

Business advising helps therapist fine tune new practice
November 28, 2016

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.

Free advising helps spa owners polish their business acumen
November 7, 2016

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.

Indian eatery rises from ashes with local, business support
October 20, 2016

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.