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

Tieton Cider Shows Off New Facility

Tieton Cider Shows Off New Facility - December 23, 2014

Our Industry Roundtable group had the chance to celebrate the season at Tieton Cider Works recently. Their new space on J Street has fast become a popular social spot for tasting and socializing. We enjoyed the seasonal ciders as well as mainstays like apple, cherry and apricot. With the October grand opening under their belt, the company sees a bright future in their new location. Fred Lopez the Cider Bar Manager explained that the larger facility gives them the ability to take advantage ... Read More »

Eight Entrepreneurs Advance in Enterprise Challenge Bizplan Contest

Eight Entrepreneurs Advance in Enterprise Challenge Bizplan Contest - December 12, 2014

The Yakima County Development Association and Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce are 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 22 judges that met with and evaluated business plan contestants at an afternoon trade show recently. Based on their scores and evaluations, the judges ultimately picked the following companies to move on in our contest: Pride ... Read More »

Tool Kit:  Make it in Washington Initiative Helps Manufacturers

Tool Kit: Make it in Washington Initiative Helps Manufacturers - December 04, 2014

Help is on the way for manufacturers in Yakima County as a result of a $3 million dollar grant awarded under the federal Make it in America Challenge . This initiative is designed to accelerate job creation and reshoring by helping rural Washington manufacturers and training local workers to meet the needs of these businesses. If you are a manufacturer in Yakima County you have an opportunity to build your business and improve your workforce at the same time. Make it in Washington partners ... Read More »

What's a Fair Wage for My Employees?

What's a Fair Wage for My Employees? - November 28, 2014

Our office gets questions from local businesses about wages and salaries every year. Companies want to compensate their employees fairly and often wonder what the going rate is for machinists, nurses, truck drivers, and other occupations. If you want to know what the average wages (or salaries) are for particular positions in Yakima County look no further. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does an annual wage survey every year and posts wages for hundreds of occupations in Yakima County . In ... Read More »

Toolkit:  Resume Banks and Other Tools for Hiring Employees

Toolkit: Resume Banks and Other Tools for Hiring Employees - November 13, 2014

We recently posted a couple new links on our jobs portal, www.workyakimavalley.com . This site gets a lot of traffic from jobseekers and now employers have a new resource where they can review resumes online. We found two good sources for local resumes - Indeed.com and Craigslist. Indeed.com is a large national job board that allows employers to search resumes in specific geographic areas. We have provided a link to search resumes in Yakima County . Once you visit this site you can further ... Read More »

Servant Leadership Taking Hold At Local Companies

Servant Leadership Taking Hold At Local Companies - October 29, 2014

Servant Leadership: first it was Paragon Films, then it was Michelsen Packaging, and more recently it's Wilbur Precast. We discovered that these local companies are all working to instill servant leadership at their facilities. The concept is timeless - as Jesus Christ is typically cited as the original servant leader. You don't have to be a churchgoer though to instill this effective management philosophy within your business or organization. Robert Greenleaf really founded the modern ... Read More »

Washington State Enters Crowdfunding Arena

Washington State Enters Crowdfunding Arena - October 21, 2014

Washington State is on the verge of being in the crowdfunding business. The state legislature passed HB 2023 last spring. The legislation allows state businesses to raise up to $1 million during any 12 month period from Washington state residents in a crowdfunding campaign. More recently the State's Securities Division finished promulgated rules for the state's crowdfunding legislation. The rules are: Allow businesses to file a simplified offering document designed to provide adequate ... Read More »

Three Reasons to Polish Your Business Plan

Three Reasons to Polish Your Business Plan - October 03, 2014

It is no secret that we encourage entrepreneurs to develop a business plan prior to starting a business. In fact, part of the reason we started the Enterprise Challeng e Business Plan Contest was to identify and reward Yakima County's best and brightest new businesses and entrepreneurs. One of the most valuable things entrepreneurs can do is to use their business plan as a working document and it review often. The real value isn't in the actual completed plan, but in the process of gathering ... Read More »

Tool Kit:  Small Business Administration Loans

Tool Kit: Small Business Administration Loans - September 10, 2014

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) provides counsel and assistance to America's entrepreneurs and established businesses. As part of its duties the SBA administers two popular loan programs, the 7A and CDC/504. It also offers microloans through partners and administers disaster loans . Let's take a look at SBA's two most popular lending programs The SBA 7A program encourages small business lending by providing repayment guarantees to banks and lending institutions that make... Read More »


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 »

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