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Brooks named SBDC advisor for Skagit, Island, San Juan counties

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Cynthia Ann Brooks has joined the Washington Small Business Development Center in Skagit County where she provides no-cost, confidential advising to entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to start, grow or transition a business.

Businesses today operate in a rapidly changing world, Brooks said, and successful businesses are those that can both adapt to changing conditions and pivot to new opportunities. “Business as usual is what we do without thinking about it,” Brooks said. As an SBDC advisor, “we are in a position to help people think things through in a different way.”

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Puyallup entrepreneur transforms unemployment into sweet cheesecake success

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

PUYALLUP, Wash. – When Danelle Hillman found herself unemployed with a young daughter to support and another mortgage payment due, she cried for a week, then put her faith in God and a 20-year-old cheesecake recipe. » More …

Banking, marketing experts join SBDC in Puget Sound area

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Hornby, Mauck (l-r)
Hornby, Mauck (l-r)

TACOMA, Wash. – Taryn Hornby, a former executive in the banking industry, has joined the Washington Small Business Development Center at Green River College to provide one-to-one, confidential, no-cost advising to entrepreneurs who want to start, grow or transition a business. » More …

Seasoned entrepreneur joins SBDC office in Everett, Edmonds

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Kathy Rupert
Rupert

EVERETT, Wash – Kathy Rupert, an entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience in small business accounting and finance, has joined the Washington Small Business Development Center. » More …

Oct. 25-26: SBDC hosts for new-to-exporting workshop

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

sbdc logoMOSES LAKE, Wash. – New-to-export business owners are invited to a two-day export readiness workshop Oct. 25-26 presented by the Washington Small Business Development Center and hosted by the economic development councils in Grant and Adams counties. » More …

Small businesses provided tools for creating disaster plan

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington Small Business Development Center

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Fladland

SPOKANE, Wash. – Having a disaster plan for your business can mean the difference between taking a hit or being dealt a knockout blow. » More …

Experienced employee grabs reins as owner with SBDC support

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington Small Business Development Center

Carrie deKubber in Bob's Burgers and Brew EverettEVERETT, Wash. – Carrie deKubber has held just about every position at Bob’s Burgers and Brew over the past 20 years, but thanks to the Washington Small Business Development Center, she added a new title this year — owner. » More …

Sept. 27-28: Free cybersecurity workshops for small businesses

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington Small Bcybersecurity imageusiness Development Center

SEATTLE, Wash. – More than 2,700 businesses in Washington state reported cyberattacks in 2016 to the FBI’s Crime Complaint Center. Those attacks totaled over $25 million in losses, putting Washington in the top 10 among states for illegal hacks.
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Small business owners visit Japan, Korea, see export opportunities

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington Small Business Development Center

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Nine Washington small business owners selling snack bars, organic flour, eyewear, processed hay, museum exhibits, glacier water, and heaters fueled by waste oil recently returned from a nine-day, business-to-business trade visit to Korea and Japan with sales and high expectations. » More …

Secret ingredient to catering business — a good lease agreement

Rain City Catering logoBy Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

RENTON, Wash. – You might think delicious and beautifully prepared food is key to a successful catering company, and you would be right. But Kenneth Rogers, co-owner and general manager of Rain City Catering, will tell you the secret to his recent success is a good lease. » More …