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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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And you thought the IRS wasn't helpful - March 08, 2013

When I think of the IRS, helpful isn't always the first word that comes to mind. However, this email recently came to me and I thought I'd pass it on because it has some excellent tips if you are thinking of starting a business. Business owners typically aren't sure how to set up their business structure, pay taxes, or keep records so there is a lot of homework to do before you get going. Disclaimer - this is from the IRS, so keep in mind that these are not the only things you need ... Read More »


Is Government Contracting A Good Option? - December 14, 2012

Are you thinking of breaking into the federal government contracting marketplace in 2013? This lucrative market is worth nearly $100 billion in sales to small businesses each year, but selling to the government is quite different than selling to the commercial sector. For example, the government applies standardized procedures to buy products and services it needs from suppliers that meet certain qualifications. But how agencies across the government actually make those purchases (or "contracts... Read More »


Eight Finalists Announced in Enterprise Challenge

Eight Finalists Announced in Enterprise Challenge - November 02, 2012

New Vision, the Yakima County Development Association is pleased to announce that eight emerging businesses are advancing to the final round of the Enterprise Challenge business plan contest. These entrepreneurs were selected by a group of 25 judges that met with and evaluated business plan contestants at an afternoon trade show yesterday. Based on their scores and evaluations, the judges ultimately picked the following companies to move on in our contest: Bastinelli's Best produces gourmet ... Read More »


Starting a Business in Yakima County

Starting a Business in Yakima County - October 19, 2012

If you are thinking about starting a business in Yakima County and Washington State, here are some tips to get started. You may want to take a quick self-assessment to identify if you are ready to start a business. Many entrepreneurs hope that they can start a business and work part-time and make loads of money, but in my experience talking with emerging companies, it is the opposite. They bootstrap funds to get the money together, work long and hard developing their idea and business plan and ... Read More »


What Is Crowdfunding?  Will it Work for You?

What Is Crowdfunding? Will it Work for You? - October 12, 2012

Traditionally, most entrepreneurs have had to scrape together their own capital or get bootstrap financing from a close-knit network of friends and family to get a business venture off the ground. A new day is dawning though as social media and the internet combine to create new funding options and opportunities. Crowdfunding coallesces online communities to support a wide variety of activities, including disaster relief, support for artists, and political campaigns. It is also increasingly ... Read More »


Ways New Vision helps Local Industry - April 06, 2012

New Vision responds to the needs of local manufacturers, key businesses and entrepreneurs recognizing that they are a significant source of new jobs, investment, and wealth creation within our Region. Whether it is helping a new company locate in the county or working with an expanding manufacturer, we can assist in many ways: New Vision staff proactively contacts 40-50 key companies annually to gauge their health and offer tailored assistance as necessary. Staff works with expanding companies... Read More »


Quick Guide to Doing Business in Yakima County

Quick Guide to Doing Business in Yakima County - March 12, 2012

If you are thinking about starting a business in Yakima County and Washington State, here are some tips to get started. You may want to take a quick self-assessment to identify if you are ready to start a business. Many entrepreneurs hope that they can start a business and work part-time and make loads of money, but in my experience talking with emerging companies, it is the opposite. They bootstrap funds to get the money together, work long and hard developing their idea and business plan and ... Read More »


Resources to Grow Markets or Start Exporting

Resources to Grow Markets or Start Exporting - February 22, 2012

Over the past year export promotion activities have gotten a big boost from the public sector. To revitalize our down economy, both Washington state and the feds have put sizeable investments into helping businesses export products and services. As these business assistance programs take root new evidence suggests that exporting makes a difference. In a recent survey of manufacturers in our state, Impact Washington found that companies involved in international trade were definitely faring ... Read More »


Four Building Blocks for Downtown Revitalization - January 17, 2012

We recently organized a workshop on Downtown Revitalization for leaders of our smaller communities throughout Yakima County. We were fortunate to have George Sharp, Executive Director of the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau and Sarah Hansen with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, coordinator of the Washington Main Street Program , share with our group some keys to revitalizing downtown development. George started with an overview of what makes a successful ... Read More »


New Vision Launches Industry Roundtable to Support Local Business

New Vision Launches Industry Roundtable to Support Local Business - December 23, 2011

We are excited to announce the formation of a Business Industry Roundtable for the owners and managers of Yakima County's major industries. The New Vision Business Industry Roundtable is based on similar groups that have organized in other communities to coalesce local manufacturers and key industry leaders. Bra d McDowell, President of AB Foods/Washington Beef, is one of the biggest promoters of this initiative. "I was involved in a similar group in another community and it was such a good... Read More »



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