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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 …

Sept. 13: Retirement planning for business owners

WSBDC-LOGOPULLMAN, Wash. – A free dinner and presentation about business succession planning will feature speaker Bill Stark, of Securian Financial Services, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the BellTower, 125 SE Spring St., Pullman. A no-host happy hour will start at 5 p.m. » More …

WSU-advised small business gets national recognition

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

kukuruza-popcornSEATTLE – KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn was one of 11 small businesses from around the country featured recently at the America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) annual legislative meetings in Washington, D.C. » More …

Extension Engaged to feature Small Business Development Center

Extension Engaged, The monthly webcast produced by WSU Extension, will feature a look at the WSU Small Business Development Center’s statewide business assistance activities on Dec. 19.

Guests will include John Gardner, WSU Vice President for Economic Development and Extension, and Brett Rogers, Director of the Small Business Development Center. Two SBDC advisors and clients will also appear via videotaped interviews.

The Program will begin at 10 a.m. at the WSU Extension/CAHNRS teleconferencing studio, room T-101 in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Building. All WSU faculty and staff are invited to be members of the studio audience, but are asked to be in their … » More …

Small Business Development Centers tap associate director

SPOKANE — Dodi K. Rode has been named associate state director of the network of Small Business Development Centers hosted by Washington State University.Rode will take over the duties and responsibilities previously held by Brett Rogers, who transitioned to the SBDC state director position earlier this year.”Dodi brings strong analytical skills and a results-oriented project management background to the associate director position,” Rogers said. “She will continue to be a real asset to the network as we implement improved work processes.”Rode formerly held the position of assistant state director for the organization. Before joining the SBDC in 2004, she served for five years as an … » More …

A role model retires

Carolyn Clark’s career has been marked from the beginning by leadership and risk taking. Graduating from a rural high school where 20 percent of the students went on to college, she headed to an Ivy League school. Then, out of 300 students in her Ph.D. program, she was one of only three women in a discipline dominated by men. Little wonder that in time she became the first woman to chair the WSU Faculty Senate.Ask Clark, Washington director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and associate professor of economics, what makes her proudest, though, and she speaks of the students she has mentored over … » More …