SBDC News

#ShopLocal this holiday season to build more resilient communities

SPOKANE, Wash.—Vibrant communities typically share two attributes: strong civic engagement and a thriving local economy. Small business success is key to both. That’s why the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is promoting Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29 and urging people to Shop Local this holiday season. “Shopping local is absolutely critical if we … Read more

Dacar named to SBDC Top 40 Under 40 Young Professionals 

SPOKANE, Wash.­­–Stacey Dacar, marketing manager for the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was honored as a Top 40 Under 40 Young Professional at the national conference of SBDC programs in San Diego on Sept. 8.  The Top 40 Under 40 Young Professionals award was instituted this year as a way to recognize young professionals … Read more

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New survey finds growth, succession planning and cybersecurity are top priorities for WA businesses

SPOKANE, Wash.—Attracting new customers, planning for retirement and protecting against cyberattacks emerged as three top-of-mind priorities for small business owners in a new small business needs assessment commissioned by the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Washington State Department of Commerce. The survey, which was conducted by Washington State University’s Social and Economic Sciences … Read more

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Single Handed Consulting named 2022 Washington SBDC Star Client of the Year

SPOKANE, Wash.—Single Handed Consulting, a disability management service that helps injured workers get back to work, has been named the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Star Client of the Year. Owned by siblings Katie Leneker-Hynes and Kevin Leneker, the business employs nearly 40 vocational rehabilitation counselors across the state. Kevin Leneker accepted the award … Read more

Personable and professional, Petrick named Washington SBDC State Star

SPOKANE, Wash.—Jerry Petrick, a small business advisor with the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), has been named the organization’s State Star and will be honored at this year’s America’s SBDC conference in September. Washington State University is the statewide host of the Washington SBDC and Petrick is an employee of WSU. “Jerry brings tremendous … Read more

Washington SBDC opens offices in the Gorge to assist small business owners

SPOKANE, Wash.––Lorena Lowell, an entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in small business development, has joined the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide no-cost, confidential advice to business owners and entrepreneurs in Klickitat and Skamania counties who want to start, grow, buy or sell a business. The Washington Small Business Development … Read more

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WA export team receives 2021 federal public service award

SEATTLE, Wash.—Ellie He and Vern Jenkins, international trade business advisors with the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network, have been recognized by the Seattle Federal Executive Board for their work as part of the Washington Export Outreach Team (WEOT) to support export trade during the pandemic. On May 18, the Seattle Federal Executive Board … Read more

The Washington SBDC Named 2021 Economic Development Advocate of the Year

SPOKANE, Wash.—The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been awarded the 2021 Economic Development Advocate of the Year award from the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA). The award was one of seven awards announced during the WEDAs winter conference on Tuesday and is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant … Read more

Washington SBDC assists Commerce in navigating a surge of requests

There are surges and there are tsunamis. When the Washington State Department of Commerce (WA Commerce) opened the online portal for the Working Washington 3 small business grant applications, its website got more than 150,000 hits in less than three days. Over the next 10 days that the portal was open, that translated to nearly … Read more

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Pivot Plan is Critical for Small Business Survival

When people describe entrepreneurs and small business owners as resilient, there has never been a time when that has been truer than the past six months. As businesses deal with a new reality and “business as usual” takes on an entirely new meaning, most businesses need to rethink and retool how they do business in … Read more

Duane Fladland, Director, Washington Small Business Development Center