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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 …

Cascades hostel draws success from advice, varied clientele

North Cascades hostel By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

WINTHROP, Wash. – Imagine heading up to the Methow Valley to ski, hike, bike, fish or read in the shade of a Cottonwood tree for as little as $25 per night.  Welcome to North Cascades Mountain Hostel owned by the husband and wife team of Paul Smotherman and Audrey Mills. » More …

Small businesses successes a high for SBDC Star Performer

Steve Burke SBDC Star Performer 2017
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By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

TUKWILA, Wash. – Steve Burke, a certified business advisor with the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was named the network’s 2017 Star Performer for his work with small business owners in South Seattle. » More …

May 3: Learn about equity financing for entrepreneurs

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). » More …

Beer-themed bakery grows with upcycled grains

Baker Marley Shain Rall. (Photo by Will Forester)
Baker Marley Shain Rall. (Photo by Will Forester)

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

RENTON, Wash. – When Marley Shain Rall wanted to open a retail store to sell beer-themed baked goods, she decided to run her idea past an expert advisor at the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) who was encouraging – and skeptical. » More …

Yoga business grows, flexes to deliver corporate classes

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. » More …

Small businesses share success stories March 22

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

SPOKANE, Wash. – Small business owners who have benefited from the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are invited to share their success on social media during National SBDC Day March 22. » More …

Fruit, nut exporter connects U.S. farms, China markets

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. » More …