Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25 highlights importance of shopping local

SPOKANE, Wash.—When the parents’ club needs auction items for the elementary school fundraiser, who do they call? When the youth sports league needs sponsors to help with field repair and maintenance, who do they call? What about community-based nonprofits focused on women and children, animals, habitat protection, cultural enrichment or economic development? Who do they … Read more

Washington SBDC Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Oct. 26 at The Quarry

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.—The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, to celebrate the opening of the new SBDC Lead Center and advising offices at The Quarry in Spokane Valley. The Quarry is the Spokane Conservation District’s new multi-tenant facilities at on 8th … Read more

Schoening brings 35+ years’ experience to SBDC advising in Kittitas County

CLE ELUM, Wash.—Barry Schoening, a former small business owner with more than 35 years’ experience in mortgages and securities, is the new Small Business Development Center (SBDC) business advisor in Kittitas County. Shoening’s office is located at the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce in Cle Elum and he is available to meet in person or … Read more

Jennifer Dye Selected as Associate State Director of the Washington SBDC

SPOKANE, Wash. — Jennifer Dye has been named the new associate state director of the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Dye has been the SBDC Center Director at South Puget Sound Community College since 2020 and has been an SBDC business advisor for more than eight years. The Washington SBDC is a network of … Read more

SBDC trade mission brings Washington specialty beverages to Hong Kong and Taipei

SPOKANE, Wash.—When the pandemic shut down restaurants, bars and tasting rooms across Washington State, producers of artisanal and craft adult beverages, including wine, cider, beer and spirits, were hit hard. In response, the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) began working with partners across the state to expand export opportunities. When COVID restrictions were in … Read more

SBDC at Pierce College provides one-to-one support for small business growth

PUYALLUP, Wash.–Small business owners and entrepreneurs can now get no-cost technical assistance to start, grow or buy/sell a business from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) office at Pierce College. Liz Jamieson, the SBDC certified business advisor at Pierce College, provides one-on-one, confidential advising to small business owners in nearly any industry and at any … Read more

SBDC Star Client champions neurodiversity with innovative retail space

LACEY, Wash.—Sensory Tool House, a retail store that provides space to explore sensory supportive equipment and tools, has been named the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Star Client for 2023. Business owner Katie McMurray was honored at the Small Business Awards Gala on May 3 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. “Sensory Tool … Read more

Hornby receives Washington SBDC top honor

AUBURN, Wash.– The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has named Taryn Hornby, an SBDC small business advisor at Green River College in Auburn, the network’s 2022 State Star. She will be honored for this achievement at the America’s SBDC annual conference in Nashville in September. “Our annual State Star award is intended to recognize … Read more

New SBDC center to open at Shoreline Community College

SHORELINE, Wash.—A ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Small Business Development Center (SBDC) office at Shoreline Community College is set for April 26.   Washington State Rep. Cindy Ryu will attend the ceremony, as will Shoreline Community College President Jack Kahn and Washington SBDC State Director Sheryl McGrath. The ribbon and scissors for the event will be … Read more

SBDC Day shines light on small business success across the country

SPOKANE, Wash.— Mark Madrid, an associate administrator with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will be in Spokane on March 15 to help celebrate national SBDC Day with the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Madrid leads the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development which has oversight of the SBA’s technical assistance resource partners, including the … Read more