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.



Enterprise Corner

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 »

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 »

Leaders Eat Last:  Simon Sinek On Servant Leadership

Leaders Eat Last: Simon Sinek On Servant Leadership - March 27, 2015

Our association held its annual retreat recently and was captivated by a video featuring Simon Sinek . He has vaulted onto the public scene as a result of giving one of the most popular TED talks of all time. Sinek suggests that the "why" of organizations provides the most compelling rationale for believing in and supporting the company. An expert on leadership, Sinek profiles how great businesses inspire their employees and customers by translating the why of their companies into a powerful... Read More »

Local Expert Highlights Benefits of ISO Quality Management

Local Expert Highlights Benefits of ISO Quality Management - March 20, 2015

I had the opportunity to visit with Pete Morton recently about quality management. He is the plant and quality manager at Macroplastics in Union Gap. Pete is our community's go to expert on ISO certification and quality management. He is an ISO auditor and has over 30 years of quality management experience under his belt. JB: What is ISO 9001? Pete : ISO 9001 is an international standard for quality management systems. It provides a road map to an effective quality management system. It ... 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 »

Ignite Your Business Marketing Plan

Ignite Your Business Marketing Plan - March 06, 2015

Your marketing plan is your strategy to drive customers to your business. Every business has to market itself, but not many small businesses have an effective marketing plan. Even fewer have one they actually use. It's time to update it and make it work for you. Your plan should be simple, so you'll actually do it. There are just four steps. You can create your plan in any form that makes sense for you: outline, notecards, etc. Just be sure it addresses each of these four areas. 1. Who is ... Read More »

Ace Is The Place In Moxee

Ace Is The Place In Moxee - February 27, 2015

This month our Industry Roundtable group toured Ace Hardware's distribution center in Moxee. At 880,000 square feet it is one of the largest buildings in Yakima County. It's easy to spot if you are heading out Highway 24. The facility is one of 15 Ace distribution centers in the U.S. It supports over 350 Ace retailers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Jeff Scott, Retail Support Manager explained that Ace is a cooperative owned by its retailers. Thus, the center is not just... Read More »

Student Entrepreneurs Step Up to the  Challenge

Student Entrepreneurs Step Up to the Challenge - February 13, 2015

CWU's Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is delighted to host the first high school student business plan competition called the Entrepreneur's Challenge . The competition kicked off in November at the Capital Theater where hundreds of students gathered to hear the journey of several local entrepreneurs and learn more about the contest. The chance to "win big" got their attention when $8000 will be awarded to the top individuals or teams. Twenty eight students from seven different ... 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 »

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 »

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"There's tremendous untapped potential in Yakima; there's also tremendous room for expansion - you're not constrained with respect to land. " - Robert Wallace, CEO, Wallace Properties