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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Manufacturers Can Benefit From Specialized Online Training for Employees

Manufacturers Can Benefit From Specialized Online Training for Employees - June 11, 2015

Here is a great resource for companies that want to invest in their employees while improving productivity at their facilities. Manufacturers in Yakima County can register up to five of their employees for free online college courses. Make it in Washington Scholarships provide companies a great way to build manufacturing, logistics and management leadership skills. Course offerings include: advanced manufacturing; quality/lean and supply chain management; global sourcing and distribution; and ... Read More »


Crowdfunding:  Organizing and Running Successful Online Campaigns

Crowdfunding: Organizing and Running Successful Online Campaigns - June 01, 2015

Our crowdfunding workshop at Yakima Maker Space was a big success. About 30 entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders joined us to learn more about crowdfunding , the popular online funding portals that offer significant new ways to fund start-up businesses, social causes, and non-profits. We teamed up with Yakima Maker Space and I Heart Yakima to offer the class, and brought in Greg Paley, a leading business consultant and attorney to highlight how crowdfunding works. Paley started the class by ... Read More »


Greg Paley to Teach Crowdfunding Seminar in Yakima

Greg Paley to Teach Crowdfunding Seminar in Yakima - April 14, 2015

New Vision and its partners I Heart Yakima and Yakima Maker Space are pleased to offer a seminar on Crowdfunding: May 27th 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Yakima Maker Space 16 S. 1st Street Yakima, WA 98901 Crowdfunding has become enormously popular over the last couple of years as a way to raise money for a business, project or a non-profit. and we are pleased to line up Greg Paley to teach our workshop. He is an attorney with years of business advisory experience - more ... Read More »


Exporting 101 Workshop - Enter the Global Market

Exporting 101 Workshop - Enter the Global Market - January 29, 2015

Did you know that 95% of potential customers live outside of the U.S? If you want to grow your business in the future it's time to consider selling your product or service internationally. Join trade expert Jim Foley in Yakima for a great seminar on exporting. Export 101 Workshop Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9: 00 am - 4:00 pm Yakima Holiday Inn 802 E. Yakima Ave. Cost: $45 Ask about group discounts! Materials and lunch will be provided Space is limited Register Here or contact Jean at New Vision... 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 »


KARRASS:  Getting to Good Deals

KARRASS: Getting to Good Deals - July 24, 2014

It's always worthwhile to share best practices from KARRASS. This company runs seminars across the country on effective negotiation. Designed for managers, purchasing agents, owners and others in charge of procurement, KARRASS training hones skills and helps companies get the best deal possible. We offered KARRASS training in Yakima and found the fast paced, interactive course introduced a new approach to the way we enter into negotiations. The goal was clearly stated by facilitator David ... Read More »


Exit Stage Left - July 22, 2010

If you think an exit strategy is only something you need when you get on an airplane, you may need to revisit your business plan. An exit strategy can help you when you are planning to start your business, and is something that investors will ask about. Knowing how you want your business to eventually end up will help you immensely when starting up or preparing your business goals and benchmarks. Exit strategies may include selling your business, paying your investors back, retiring, ... Read More »



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