Support Small Business 5-Day Challenge

Support neighborhood businesses by joining the Support Small Business 5-Day Challenge

SPOKANE, Wash. –The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is joining with other SBDC centers across the country to promote a five-day challenge in support of the country’s 30 million small business owners.

Starting Monday, April 27, the Washington SBDC will launch the Support Small Business 5-Day Challenge on social media to promote one activity each day for people to show their support for small businesses, both those still operating as essential businesses and those that have been closed as part of the governor’s Stay Home Stay Healthy order.

See Support Small Businesses 5 Day Challenge YouTube Video here

According to Business News Daily, there were approximately 600,000 small businesses in Washington state before the pandemic began, and they employed approximately 1.4 million employees, which is more than half of the state’s private-sector workforce. These small businesses represent 99.5% of all Washington-based businesses.

“The SBDC is here for small businesses in good times and in bad,” said Washington SBDC State Director Duane Fladland. “We’ve seen the difficult decisions small business owners are being forced to make right now, and we hope this initiative creates a some light and some hope for better times ahead.

Examples of the challenge include tagging small businesses on social media, purchasing gift cards, writing online reviews, and sending caring messages to small business owners. The public can find out more about the Support Small Business 5-Day Challenge by following the Washington SBDC on Twitter at @wsbdc and Facebook @washingtonsbdc.

The Washington SBDC is a network of more than 30 business advisors working in more than two dozen communities across the state to provide assistance to business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start, grow or transition a business. Beginning in early March, SBDC advisors were answering an estimated 4,000 calls or emails every week from small business owners who needed assistance with disaster loans, debt relief, shared work and furlough programs, business survival tips and cash flow management.

The Washington SBDC is hosted by Washington State University and has been an integral part of the small business community since 1980. SBDC advising services are provided at no cost to the client. Funding is provided by state and local partnerships and a matching grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For more information about the Washington SBDC, go to https://wsbdc.org/

Contacts:
Duane Fladland, State Director, duane.fladland@wsbdc.org
Hope Tinney, hopebt@wsu.edu

The Washington Small Business Development Center, hosted by Washington State University, is an accredited member of America's SBDC. Funded in part throurgh a coppperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, institutions of higher education, economic development organizations and other public and private funding partners.