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


#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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