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Brooks named SBDC advisor for Skagit, Island, San Juan counties

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Cynthia Ann Brooks has joined the Washington Small Business Development Center in Skagit County where she provides no-cost, confidential advising to entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to start, grow or transition a business.

Businesses today operate in a rapidly changing world, Brooks said, and successful businesses are those that can both adapt to changing conditions and pivot to new opportunities. “Business as usual is what we do without thinking about it,” Brooks said. As an SBDC advisor, “we are in a position to help people think things through in a different way.”

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Puyallup entrepreneur transforms unemployment into sweet cheesecake success

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

PUYALLUP, Wash. – When Danelle Hillman found herself unemployed with a young daughter to support and another mortgage payment due, she cried for a week, then put her faith in God and a 20-year-old cheesecake recipe. » More …

Banking, marketing experts join SBDC in Puget Sound area

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Hornby, Mauck (l-r)
Hornby, Mauck (l-r)

TACOMA, Wash. – Taryn Hornby, a former executive in the banking industry, has joined the Washington Small Business Development Center at Green River College to provide one-to-one, confidential, no-cost advising to entrepreneurs who want to start, grow or transition a business. » More …

Seasoned entrepreneur joins SBDC office in Everett, Edmonds

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Kathy Rupert
Rupert

EVERETT, Wash – Kathy Rupert, an entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience in small business accounting and finance, has joined the Washington Small Business Development Center. » More …

Small businesses provided tools for creating disaster plan

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington Small Business Development Center

Fladland Duane
Fladland

SPOKANE, Wash. – Having a disaster plan for your business can mean the difference between taking a hit or being dealt a knockout blow. » More …

Sept. 1: Student entrepreneurship program info session

WSU Harold Frank Fellows
WSU Harold Frank Fellows

By Erik Gomez, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Students interested in starting and running a technology-based business are invited to an informational meeting from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, in the Frank Innovation Zone, located on the ground floor of Dana Hall. Refreshments will be served. » 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 …

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 …