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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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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 …

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
Burke

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 …