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Advisor helps nurse practitioner serve small community
April 11, 2016

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Laura-Raykowski-webMONTESANO, Wash. – One day Laura Raykowski, a nurse practitioner and owner of Hometown Family Health, walked out of an exam room to see her office manager talking to an indigent patient about billing.

Advisor helps family keep business true to their values
April 7, 2016

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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.

Free advising helps young owner launch franchise ambitions
November 4, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Myles-Kirchmeier-smallOLYMPIA, Wash. – As a college senior in business administration, Myles Kirchmeier planned to start a business by his early 30s – the age his father was when he opened a heating and cooling company. But Mike Kirchmeier asked his son what he was waiting for: “All you have right now is time and energy,” he said. “Why not take the risk when you are young?”

New business advisor tailors help to communities
October 20, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Don-Yates-webBELLEVUE-REDMOND, Wash. – To help entrepreneurs and local startup businesses, Don Yates, a certified business advisor with the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), has begun providing confidential, one-on-one, no-cost, expert business advising in Bellevue and Redmond.

Advisor helps absentee-owned business, employees thrive
October 14, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Tabitha-Beneke-Keys-Plus-webLONGVIEW, Wash. – When Tabitha Beneke’s father died in 2012 and she inherited his locksmith business, the three long-time employees of Keys Plus faced several possible scenarios, none of them pretty.

Healing touch therapies key to wellness, success for business
September 10, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Estetica-Kim-Schlais,-left,-and-Barbara-Sudar-smallLONGVIEW, Wash. – When people walk out of a doctor’s office or health clinic they might feel a range of emotions, from relieved to worried, but rarely do they feel wonderful. Wonderful is the emotion that Barbara Sudar and partner Kim Schlais wanted to capture when they purchased Estetica Day Spa in Longview in 2008.