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 »


Motivating Employees for Peak Performance

Motivating Employees for Peak Performance - April 28, 2015

Diana Welch owner of Human Resources Management Solutions provides some great tips for motivating employees. She has assisted hundreds of companies with personnel issues, policies and practices. Welch reflected that the biggest step towards effectively managing and motivating employees is to have clear goals. Setting effective company goals is the first step towards getting the team on the same page. This allows supervisors to set specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, time sensitive... 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 »


Jeff Charbonneau Tapped to Work On Business Education Partnerships

Jeff Charbonneau Tapped to Work On Business Education Partnerships - June 20, 2014

Our association is excited to welcome Jeff Charbonneau as our new STEM Coordinator. You may recognize Jeff's name, he is well known around these parts as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year. Our STEM team, managed by Educational Service District 105 (ESD 105), will get a few hours of Jeff's time each day to build partnerships with business and advance STEM education in Central Washington. New Vision is also contracting with work with the ESD to advance these business partnerships. We will ... Read More »


New Vision Collaborates on STEM Industry Videos

New Vision Collaborates on STEM Industry Videos - September 16, 2013

New Vision is the midst of collaborating on a STEM project (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with ESD 105 to develop videos that showcase the types of skills Valley businesses need from employees now and in the future. The goal of the video project is to build bridges and create awareness and understanding between students and employers. Businesses are looking to our students as their future workforce and the "Virtual Industry Tours" concept is a great way get kids to see real jobs ... Read More »



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"We have a well-trained workforce that provides a level of customer service that sets us apart from our competitors. Our productivity is much, much higher than our competition. " - Garry Griggs, Owner/President, Magic Metals