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Business advisor shines in growth, development
April 23, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

NielsenOLYMPIA, Wash. – Ron Nielsen, a certified business advisor with the Washington Small Business Development Network (SBDC), was named the network’s Star Performer for 2014.

Insight, advice help young entrepreneur stake her claim
December 2, 2014

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Claim-Clothing-Megan-West-80ELLENSBURG, Wash. – When Megan West needed funding to open a clothing store in Ellensburg, she knew it was a bad sign when loan officers asked about her age but not her bona fides.

‘12th Blend’ highlights winery’s expertise
November 17, 2014

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

bottleWOODINVILLE, Wash. – The 12th Blend, a new label by Eye of the Needle winery, has found strong support among the Seattle Seahawks’ so-called 12th Man, which is paying big dividends to Northwest Harvest, a statewide, nonprofit hunger relief agency.

GiddyUp Salon owner gallops full circle to jump ahead
October 30, 2013


By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

OKANOGAN, Wash. – When Colette Jones left full-time work as a hair stylist in 2007 to pursue a career in custom clothing design, few would have predicted that five years later she’d own her own upscale beauty salon and spa – with retail space for boutique clothing.

Business advisorsawarded for efforts
May 12, 2008

SPOKANE – Three Certified Business Advisors with the Washington Small Business Development Center were presented with the Ron Battles Excellence Award this week.

The awards were presented by SBDC State Director Brett Rogers at individual ceremonies to Kathleen Purdy, Olympic Peninsula SBDC; John Rodenberg, Tacoma SBDC, and Zev Siegl, Highline Community College SBDC, in recognition of their quality service provided to clients in their SBDC service areas.

“Kathleen, John, and Zev were selected for this award based on a number of glowing client nominations, their individual bodies of work demonstrating commitment to excellence, and their ‘above & beyond’ approach to clients, to the community and … » More …