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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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 »


Reshoring Trend Continues

Reshoring Trend Continues - May 23, 2014

Business is coming back to the United States especially for manufacturers. The Boston Consulting Group recently published survey findings that showed a third of manufacturers are considering "reshoring" back to the United States from China. The study cited that when companies took production offshore a decade ago they mostly did it to save on labor costs. Companies often overlooked other costs such as intellectual property, import/export costs and logistics challenges due to unpredictable ... Read More »


Business On The Go - Mobile Friendly Websites

Business On The Go - Mobile Friendly Websites - May 16, 2014

Let's face it - life on the go means most people are doing business over their phones. This trend is only going to increase so maximizing your marketing to these smartphone users, which by the way is more than half the population, is crucial. Chris from Invisible Ink web design says "the time is now to reach all those mobile customers through a mobile or responsive web design. If you're not mobile friendly, grab on to the tailgate and get on board because it's crazy to lose such a giant group... 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 »


Adventurer RV Showcases Operation for Industry Roundtable Group

Adventurer RV Showcases Operation for Industry Roundtable Group - April 25, 2014

A group of local business managers and key employees visited Adventurer RV recently as part of New Vision's industry roundtable initiative. We learned that the company has grown from a small regional operation to an international industry leader in the RV industry. Their Yakima plant designs, engineers, and constructs all the company's recreational vehicles right here in the Yakima Plant. Adventurer relocated their production facility to Yakima in 2008. Their headquarters remains in ... Read More »


A 3D Twist to Traditional Manufacturing

A 3D Twist to Traditional Manufacturing - April 10, 2014

Three-dimensional (3D) printing, which involved making products and components from a digital model, is revolutionizing manufacturing operations across the country. Similar to an office printer, a 3D printer creates components by depositing thin layers of material according to a digital blueprint. There are many value added applications for 3D printing (aka "additive manufacturing"). Additive Manufacturing (AM) itself is not new, some of its rapid prototyping technologies have been used for ... 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 »


Employees and Independent Contractors:  The Difference is Important

Employees and Independent Contractors: The Difference is Important - February 28, 2014

I was out visiting a local business who raised a pertinent question. He wondered whether it would be better to hire an employee or an independent contractor for an upcoming job. It all depends, was my answer - because this is an area of employment law where you need to be careful. Classically, employees go to work at set hours while independent contractors set their own. Employees follow orders, while independent contractors don't. Employees receive regular paychecks while independent ... 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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