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Business advisor connects students to export opportunity
May 15, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

WSBDC-LOGOMOSES LAKE, Wash. – Some cookies were too sweet and others too dry, moist or just blah. But after nearly six months of research and development, students in Susan Moberg’s culinary arts class at Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center are hoping the oatmeal cookie served up at a food trade show in South Korea this week will be just right.

Main Street award goes to Ellensburg entrepreneur
May 7, 2015

From the Yakima Herald-Republic

Claim-Clothing-Megan-West-80YAKIMA, Wash. – An Ellensburg woman was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Washington State Main Street Program for her persistence in opening a clothing store in a renovated building downtown.

Young Seattle entrepreneur named best in state by SBA
May 7, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Grant-Jones-mugSEATTLE – Grant Jones, owner of KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn in Seattle, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Washington State 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Advisor helps business continue as a community cornerstone
February 2, 2015

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.

Smart home integration gets boost from business advising
December 8, 2014

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Curtis-80VANCOUVER, Wash. – Tony Curtis, owner of Current Home Technologies, is in the enviable position of having a business that grew during the recession. He started in 2008, and by 2009 he had two employees and a steady stream of new and returning customers.