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Experienced employee grabs reins as owner with SBDC support
August 30, 2017

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.

Yoga business grows, flexes to deliver corporate classes
March 21, 2017

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.

Fruit, nut exporter connects U.S. farms, China markets
February 23, 2017

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.

Business advisor connection sparks electrical service success
February 21, 2017

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

YAKIMA, Wash. – When Rod Cassel met Yakima business advisor Linda Johnson, he was looking for a lifeline. After several decades as general manager at a large, well-established electrical service company, the family-owned business reorganized and he was out of a job.

Business advising equips autism practice for rapid growth
February 13, 2017

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

TUKWILA, Wash. – Takanori Koyama’s clinical practice for children with autism spectrum disorder was growing so quickly that in two years his one-person staff burgeoned to 24 and he needed more space.

Business advising helps therapist fine tune new practice
November 28, 2016

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

kim-mcmillinSPOKANE, Wash. – When therapist Kim McMillin and her husband wanted to relocate from Denver in 2014, Spokane was attractive because of family in the area and opportunities to focus on music therapy.

Shopping to support generosity of local businesses
November 21, 2016

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

shop-small-logoSPOKANE, Wash. – When local high school officials need prizes for Sober Grad Night, who do they call? When the local youth sports team needs a sponsor or when dozens of community nonprofits need items for a silent auction, who do they call?

Free advising helps spa owners polish their business acumen
November 7, 2016

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

trievas-spa-logoLYNNWOOD, Wash. – As a manicurist working out of her home, Trieva Katsandres walked her clients to the car so she could fasten their seat belts, thus protecting their still-fragile nail polish.