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Whooshh easily lifts fish over dams, outdated regulations still a barrier
February 5, 2018

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington Small Business Development Center

salmon exiting whooshhSEATTLE, Wash. – The difference between the Whooshh fish transport system and traditional fish ladders — data suggests — is like the difference between crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range with the Donner Party or snug inside the club car of the California Zephyr.

Brooks named SBDC advisor for Skagit, Island, San Juan counties
November 13, 2017

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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Secret ingredient to catering business — a good lease agreement
June 29, 2017

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.

Gift shop finds treasure in free business advising
July 27, 2016

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

forage-logoSEQUIM, Wash. – Theresa Rubens is a third-generation resident of Sequim whose grandchildren attend the same schools she and her husband once did. She knows as much about her community as anyone, but she didn’t know where a visitor could buy a Sequim souvenir. And that, she said, was a problem.

Making dreams come true – for brides and bridal business
April 2, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

gownVANCOUVER, Wash. – Buy an existing business or build one from the ground up? When Lisa Bagley decided she wanted to operate a bridal store in southwest Washington, that was her dilemma.


Poor health, beloved horse inspire first equine massage college
February 24, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

equine-studies-150SOAP LAKE, Wash. – If a movie is ever made of Mary Lou Langley’s life, her Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) business advisor just might have a crack at best supporting actor.

SBDC recognizes Jan Harte with the Ron Battles Excellence Award
July 1, 2009

SPOKANE – Jan Harte, a Certified Business Advisor for the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Vancouver service center was presented the Ron Battles Excellence Award on Friday June 26. The award, presented by SBDC State Director Brett Rogers, was given in recognition of Harte’s quality service to her clients in Southwest Washington’s Clark and Skamania Counties.

“Jan was selected for this award based on a number of strong nominations from clients, her body of work demonstrating commitment to excellence, and her ‘above & beyond’ approach to her clients, her peers, the community, and stakeholders at large,” said Rogers.
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