Yakima County Development Association - Enterprise Corner

Jean Brown

Jean Brown

Jean publishes a blog called the Enterprise Corner.  It features articles on entrepreneurship, local industry trends, manufacturing news and periodic ‘toolbox’ articles showcasing assistance, incentives and other resources for local businesses.

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A New Tool to Grow Your Business: 'Economic Gardening'

A New Tool to Grow Your Business: 'Economic Gardening' - April 20, 2016

What is Economic Gardening ? A method of supporting second stage growth companies by identifying and implementing customized development and expansion strategies. Economic Gardening specialists assist CEOs to identify potential or missed opportunities such as leveraging new or emerging markets, refining business models and gaining access to competitive intelligence. The team facilitates access to new tools and information that can be applied immediately. How the EG model works : Partnering ... Read More »


TOOL KIT:  Espanol Business Resources

TOOL KIT: Espanol Business Resources - June 03, 2015

There are a variety of resources available in Espaol for business owners and entrepreneurs. This issue of Tool Kit will highlight the online assistance available in Spanish. The newly released Small Business Administration Spanish Language Website offers all the assistance services of SBA in a convenient website dedicated to Spanish readers. Their services include advice for starting and managing a business, online workshops, information on loans and financing and opportunities to take advantage... Read More »


TOOL KIT:  Real Estate - The Buy or Lease Decision

TOOL KIT: Real Estate - The Buy or Lease Decision - May 15, 2015

There are many factors every business owner needs to consider when getting ready to make the decision whether to buy or rent a business facility. Careful thought should be given to financial, tax, and business-specific elements. Ryan Smith a CPA with Petersen CPA's Advisors explains that businesses need to carefully consider their cashflow situation before making a decision on leasing or owning business property. Start-up businesses need to be flexible in the first several years to the many ... Read More »


TOOL KIT:  Industrial Revenue Bonds

TOOL KIT: Industrial Revenue Bonds - April 07, 2015

Industrial revenue bonds can offer established manufacturers attractive financing for capital expansion projects. Interest rates on bonds are typically lower than traditional bank loans because the bonds carry a tax exempt status. Terms on bonds may also be longer than conventional loans. IRB financing is limited to $10 million and $2 million is a practical minimum. Most banks packaging bond financing require companies to obtain a letter of credit to support the IRB. As a result borrowers ... Read More »


TOOL KIT:  Government Grants Available to Support Small Business Exports

TOOL KIT: Government Grants Available to Support Small Business Exports - March 12, 2015

Earlier this year Washington State secured a significant grant from the Small Business Administration to help state small businesses grow through exporting. Washington's Department of Commerce will use the funds to help businesses with export vouchers, trade show support, rural outreach and training, and export finance training Of particular interest are the state's export vouchers . These grants for up to $5000 can be used by eligible businesses to support international sales development. ... Read More »


TOOL KIT:  SCORE Focuses On Small Business Assistance

TOOL KIT: SCORE Focuses On Small Business Assistance - February 03, 2015

Local SCORE chapters are a great resource for entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE is affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. SCORE has local chapters across the country - over 13,000 volunteers nationwide work within these groups to offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. The Yakima Valley SCORE chapter is made up of a diverse collection of... Read More »


TOOL KIT:  Financing for Start Ups

TOOL KIT: Financing for Start Ups - January 09, 2015

Finding capital to start a new business is difficult but with the right amount of homework, attitude and persistance entrepreneurs can often scratch up the funds to launch their business. We encourage entrepreneurs to learn more about bootstrap financing, also known as 'self-financing', which means starting a business with little or no outside capital. Many folks say, "I don't need any money, or I'm going to get a grant to start up my business!" . Contrary to what you read online, or hear on... Read More »


Tool Kit:  Make it in Washington Initiative Helps Manufacturers

Tool Kit: Make it in Washington Initiative Helps Manufacturers - December 04, 2014

Help is on the way for manufacturers in Yakima County as a result of a $3 million dollar grant awarded under the federal Make it in America Challenge . This initiative is designed to accelerate job creation and reshoring by helping rural Washington manufacturers and training local workers to meet the needs of these businesses. If you are a manufacturer in Yakima County you have an opportunity to build your business and improve your workforce at the same time. Make it in Washington partners ... Read More »


Toolkit:  Resume Banks and Other Tools for Hiring Employees

Toolkit: Resume Banks and Other Tools for Hiring Employees - November 13, 2014

We recently posted a couple new links on our jobs portal, www.workyakimavalley.com . This site gets a lot of traffic from jobseekers and now employers have a new resource where they can review resumes online. We found two good sources for local resumes - Indeed.com and Craigslist. Indeed.com is a large national job board that allows employers to search resumes in specific geographic areas. We have provided a link to search resumes in Yakima County . Once you visit this site you can further ... Read More »


Tool Kit:  Small Business Administration Loans

Tool Kit: Small Business Administration Loans - September 10, 2014

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) provides counsel and assistance to America's entrepreneurs and established businesses. As part of its duties the SBA administers two popular loan programs, the 7A and CDC/504. It also offers microloans through partners and administers disaster loans . Let's take a look at SBA's two most popular lending programs The SBA 7A program encourages small business lending by providing repayment guarantees to banks and lending institutions that make... Read More »


TOOL KIT:  Office for Regulatory Assistance and Innovation

TOOL KIT: Office for Regulatory Assistance and Innovation - August 17, 2014

If you need help surrounding development permits or business regulations the Governor's Office for Regulatory Assistance and Innovation can often help. Originally called the Permit Assistance Center, the office was created by Governor Locke to improve customer service, coordinate permitting activity, and implement projects that streamline state or local regulations. Governor Inslee added innovation to the office's name and mission to reflect his interest in advancing innovative solutions to ... Read More »


TOOL KIT - Impact Washington Helps Companies Grow

TOOL KIT - Impact Washington Helps Companies Grow - July 10, 2014

A great resource for manufacturers in Yakima County and Washington State is Impact Washington . They are a one-stop shop focused on helping manufacturers modernize their operations. We routinely refer local companies to Impact Washington for help with lean manufacturing consulting, workforce training and other in-depth assistance. Impact Washington offers an array of consulting services at affordable rates - their staff also take extra steps to ensure companies get a good bang for their buck ... Read More »


TOOL KIT:  Business Tax Incentives

TOOL KIT: Business Tax Incentives - June 13, 2014

Yakima County manufacturers are once again eligible for a significant sales tax credit when they construct or renovate buildings. Companies taking advantage of this program can essentially eliminate sales taxes normally due on facility construction or renovation activities. Local companies can take advantage of this incentive program starting this July. The state tax credit is available to companies engaged in the following activities: manufacturing research and development laboratories ... Read More »


TOOL KIT:  Business Licensing and Permitting

TOOL KIT: Business Licensing and Permitting - May 09, 2014

There are some excellent resources available for companies that need help with licensing or permitting issues. For entreprenuers our recently redesigned website includes all the elements from writing a business plan to officially opening the doors on the Getting Started page. Start ups need to take several steps to properly incorporate and license their business. The good news is that Washington State has made this process relatively painless. Entrepreneurs and other startups can get a lot ... Read More »


TOOL KIT - Financing Resources for Established Businesses

TOOL KIT - Financing Resources for Established Businesses - April 03, 2014

As our economy continues to bounce out of the recession many companies are faring better and poised to expand. Some firms can support their growth with profits alone but most companies need to access outside financing to build their business. It is very challenging to get a loan as a start-up business but as firms get past their third year and establish solid accounts and records there are more financing options available. Companies need to carefully evaluate their funding needs and match ... Read More »


TOOL KIT : EXPORTING - Helping Businesses Go Global

TOOL KIT : EXPORTING - Helping Businesses Go Global - March 07, 2014

Going global is becoming quite lucrative as businesses venture into foreign counties to expand market share opportunities and reach international markets. Ninety-five percent of the world's consumers now live outside the United States. The fastest growing markets are now abroad in countries like China, India and Brazil. Even though international opportunities abound, relatively few domestic companies have international customers. The reasons why businesses do not export vary, but the most ... Read More »


TOOL KIT - Business Job Recruiting & Placement Resources

TOOL KIT - Business Job Recruiting & Placement Resources - February 06, 2014

I am pleased to introduce the "Tool Kit", a new theme within my Enterprise Corner blog. Each month I'll focus one of my posts on resources to help local business. The first topic I want to cover concerns job placement resources for business. The subject is particularly timely. On a positive note we are seeing lots of businesses adding new employees. At the same time though many companies are struggling to find capable people. Technical and professional job openings are typically the ... Read More »



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