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Businesses head to South Korea to explore new markets
April 21, 2016

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

WSBDC-LOGOMOSES LAKE, Wash. – Business owners from Grant County are headed to South Korea April 26 for an eight-day trade mission to explore export opportunities for Eastern Washington products ranging from flour to exercise equipment.

Setting up business overseas easier with free, expert counsel
April 14, 2016

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Coleen-Quisenberry-webSPOKANE, Wash. – When Coleen Quisenberry created Flexhibit to design, assemble and install hands-on, interactive science exhibits for discovery centers and children’s museums, she assumed her primary customers would be in the United States.

Advisor helps nurse practitioner serve small community
April 11, 2016

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Laura-Raykowski-webMONTESANO, Wash. – One day Laura Raykowski, a nurse practitioner and owner of Hometown Family Health, walked out of an exam room to see her office manager talking to an indigent patient about billing.

Advisor helps family keep business true to their values
April 7, 2016


By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

WAUCONDA, Wash. – John and Tree Kiesecker had quit their day jobs, he as an orchardist and she as a nurse, and were scrambling to make ends meet when they heard about the free business advising services of the Washington Small Business Development Center. They made an appointment to talk with Lew Blakeney, the SBDC advisor in Okanogan County.

Free advising helps young owner launch franchise ambitions
November 4, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Myles-Kirchmeier-smallOLYMPIA, Wash. – As a college senior in business administration, Myles Kirchmeier planned to start a business by his early 30s – the age his father was when he opened a heating and cooling company. But Mike Kirchmeier asked his son what he was waiting for: “All you have right now is time and energy,” he said. “Why not take the risk when you are young?”

Healing touch therapies key to wellness, success for business
September 10, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Estetica-Kim-Schlais,-left,-and-Barbara-Sudar-smallLONGVIEW, Wash. – When people walk out of a doctor’s office or health clinic they might feel a range of emotions, from relieved to worried, but rarely do they feel wonderful. Wonderful is the emotion that Barbara Sudar and partner Kim Schlais wanted to capture when they purchased Estetica Day Spa in Longview in 2008.

Rogers state director of Small Business Development Centers
February 16, 2005

Brett Rogers has been named director of the statewide network of Small Business Development Centers hosted by Washington State University.Rogers, a certified economic developer, formerly held the position of associate state director for the organization. Before coming to the SBDC in 2003, he served as director of business expansion and retention for the Columbia River Economic Development Council. Prior to that, he held the position of assistant director of Washington SBDC Office of International Programs, worked in private industry and held several economic development positions in Washington state.He earned a master’s degree in international management with honors from Thunderbird- The Garvin School of International Management; … » More …