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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HOW to WIN the ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE

HOW to WIN the ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE - September 03, 2014

I recently checked in with previous winners of our bizplan contest to see how they are doing and get their input regarding what it took to make it to the winners circle. It was interesting that our winners shared a lot of common advice: Get a jumpstart by starting on your plan before the contest starts. Almost every winner said having a full plan or even a start gave them the ability to refine rather than create. Our winners were able to learn from classroom instructors and improve their ... 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 »


Fifth Annual Enterprise Challenge to Include Kittitas County Entrepreneurs

Fifth Annual Enterprise Challenge to Include Kittitas County Entrepreneurs - August 03, 2014

We are pleased to announce today that New Vision will invite Kittitas County entrepreneurs to compete in its annual business plan contest, the Enterprise Challenge . "We are very pleased to partner with the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce to expand our contest and offer more resources to small business", said New Vision's Dave McFadden. "It's exciting to work on a bigger better contest with a group that is also deeply committed to entrepreneurship." The contest timelines and process will ... 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 »


Throwing Out Your First Pitch

Throwing Out Your First Pitch - July 17, 2014

Can you sum up your business in two minutes or less? Do you have an 'elevator pitch' prepared for that opportune moment when you can (hopefully) captivate a potential investor's attention? Anyone can have a pitch, but developing a good pitch takes practice. The next new thing is to have a video pitch - in addition to YouTube, here are just a few ideas out there for entrepreneurs to post their video pitch: Virgin Airlines has just launched PitchTV . Upload your two-minute video pitch - the ... 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 »


Roundtable Group Learns About Manhasset Specialty Company

Roundtable Group Learns About Manhasset Specialty Company - June 27, 2014

Our Industry Roundtable group recently toured Manhasset Specialty Company. This special little Yakima company has been supplying high quality music stands to vendors all over the world since the early 1940's. This company's origins are especially interesting. In 1935 Otto Lagervall developed the Manhasset music stand because he was not satisfied with the music stand of the day. A few years later Otto relocated to Yakima. Lagervall was an inventor - he developed the Yakima Rack and dabbled ... 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 »


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 »


What Does It Take To Be An  Entrepreneur?

What Does It Take To Be An Entrepreneur? - June 06, 2014

What does it take to not only start and manage a business, but also to make it a resounding success? That is a question asked by many people who set out with business plans in hand. One thing that distinguishes the successful entrepreneur from others is that the "level of commitment and willingness to buck convention often outweigh other factors in determining whether a business ultimately succeeds or fails." Naysayers who predict failure actually fuel the business owner's desire to succeed. ... Read More »



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