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

Manufacturing Jobs:  Impacts Bigger Than Ever Before

Manufacturing Jobs: Impacts Bigger Than Ever Before - December 09, 2013

New evidence strongly suggests that manufacturing is way more important to our local economy than ever before. In the article, The Multiplier Effect: There Are More Manufacturing Related Jobs Than You Think ," authors Keith D. Nosbusch and John A. Bernaden point out that manufacturing's true impact is understated. As manufactured products and processes become more complex, they support significant skilled jobs in logistics and transportation, customer service, technical support, regulatory and... 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 »

New Resources for Entrepreneurs and Established Businesses

New Resources for Entrepreneurs and Established Businesses - September 03, 2013

Over the past year we have done a lot of work on our websites. As part of these improvement efforts our office has developed a lot of great information and resources for businesses of all shapes and sizes. For established businesses we have developed content on: Help With Expansion ; Financing ; Exporting ; Hiring and Training Employees ; and Real Estate and Permitting . For new businesses and entrepreneurs there are sections on: Help for Startups ; Startup Funding ; Business Plans ; ... Read More »

Yakima Maker's Space Perks Innovation and Entrepreneurship - August 13, 2013

Yakima has a cool new group called Maker Space which is promoting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. Maker spaces are popping up all over the United States and abroad. They have grown out of the spontaneous collaboration found among computer coders and evolved to focus on knowledge sharing. Maker spaces typically provide space for members to work on their individual projects, or to collaborate on group projects with other members. They may also operate physical tool lending ... Read More »

Business Blogging Bolsters Customer Interest

Business Blogging Bolsters Customer Interest - May 06, 2013

Blogs provide business owners with an unprecedented way of reaching and engaging large audiences in a way that traditional marketing pushes can't match. Blogs can help put a human face to your business while showcasing your knowledge and passion for your chosen field. For example, a landscape owner can showcase plant maintenance and fertilizing tips, a restaurant owner can share recipe secrets. Just about anyone can share tips of the trade that connect them with their customer base. There are ... Read More »

What's Kaizen and Why Do I Need It? - April 19, 2013

The Kaizen philosophy is a Japanese term meaning "improvement", or "change for the better" and can be applied in business to practices that focus on continuous improvement as it relates to processes in manufacturing, engineering, processing and business management. Kaizen, a systematic approach and problem-solving tool adopted from the Toyota Production System (TPS) that is aimed at quickly implementing low-cost improvements that result in measurable impact. While Kaizen traditionally and ... Read More »

Meal & Rest Break Laws - What Employers Need to Know - April 05, 2013

Recently Gary Lofland, with Halverson Northwest spoke to our Industry Roundtable group on the topic of meal and rest break laws due to recent court cases close to home and across the U.S. He explained that all employee's need rest and meal breaks during work hours and the law stipulates standards for these breaks, including whether your employees should be paid for them or not. Here's what you need to know: The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act of the U.S. Department of Labor and State of ... Read More »

At a Glance - First Impressions Make or Break You - March 15, 2013

We've all heard that you only get one chance to make a good first impression. What if you only have ONE second to make that impression? One second, really? I just sat in on a website development webinar and the instructor said it can take a visitor as little as one second to determine if a visitor will stay on your site. Yikes! I also just finished an article on presenting and communicating and it noted that first impressions are created in seven seconds. One or seven, either way, that is ... Read More »

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 »

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