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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Top 16 Head to the Entrepreneur Trade Show

Top 16 Head to the Entrepreneur Trade Show - December 03, 2015

Our annual business plan competition, the Enterprise Challenge, is heating up! We have just completed first round judging and sixteen contestants are now off to the races prepping for our "pitch your business" Entrepreneur Trade Show. I have been getting to know the contestants and have been very impressed with their hard work and efforts thus far. There's a very broad mix of entrepreneurs, experience levels and businesses, which is adding a lot to the competition. This year many of the ... Read More »


Enterprise Challenge Attracts Stellar Entrepreneurs

Enterprise Challenge Attracts Stellar Entrepreneurs - October 15, 2015

The sixth year of the Enterprise Challenge has attracted 26 of the brightest entrepreneurs from Kittitas and Yakima Counties. We are excited to host the annual business plan contest this year with our partners from Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce. Over the last 5 years the Challenge has seen over 100 entrepreneurs compete and today nearly 40 of those past contestants have started a business in Yakima and Kittitas Counties. This week contestants went through the first set of workshops ... Read More »


Meet our Challenge Workshop Instructors

Meet our Challenge Workshop Instructors - September 18, 2015

This year we are happy to announce that we have a top notch group of instructors lined up for our Enterprise Challenge contestant classes. Linda Johnson, Nicole Donegan, Shane Pierone and Eric Puryear will be in charge of our seminars this year and we think these sessions will be better than ever before. Our contest starts in the classroom as we want to help everyone in the business plan contest learn what it takes to launch and manage a successful business. Our instructors cover marketing, ... Read More »


Judges Are the MVP's of the Enterprise Challenge

Judges Are the MVP's of the Enterprise Challenge - September 01, 2015

The most valuable aspect of the Enterprise Challenge each year is the feedback contestants get from our judges. There are three points during the contest when judges evaluate participating entrepreneurs. Judges use our contest scoring criteria and ultimately determine who wins the Challenge. More importantly though they provide invaluable feedback to the contestants. Recently, I visited with a couple of past judges to learn what they think of the completion and to see if they had any tips to... Read More »


Business Plan Contest Kicks Off The 6th Year

Business Plan Contest Kicks Off The 6th Year - August 10, 2015

New Vision, the region's economic development association, announced today that the annual business plan contest, the Enterprise Challenge will kick off its 6 th year in October. "We are very pleased to continue the partnership with the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce to offer more resources to small business throughout our region", said New Vision's Business Development Director Jean Brown. The contest timelines and process will generally stay the same. Contestants will first take classes ... Read More »


Three Ways having a Business Plan Pays Off

Three Ways having a Business Plan Pays Off - July 03, 2015

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 Challenge 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 review often. The real value isn't in the actual completed plan, but in the process of gathering ... Read More »


Roundtable Group Tours Toppenish Del Monte Plant

Roundtable Group Tours Toppenish Del Monte Plant - June 19, 2015

Thursday morning our Industry Roundtable enjoyed a tour at the Del Monte facility in Toppenish. The cannery has been a fixture in the area since 1886 for locally grown corn and peas. The industry giant maintains a strong commitment to the community. Its longstanding relationship with growers, suppliers and brand managers is clearly a source of pride for the Del Monte staff. Our visit Thursday showcased the processing of peas, which runs from May to July. Their high volume crop is corn, which ... Read More »


Manufacturers Can Benefit From Specialized Online Training for Employees

Manufacturers Can Benefit From Specialized Online Training for Employees - June 11, 2015

Here is a great resource for companies that want to invest in their employees while improving productivity at their facilities. Manufacturers in Yakima County can register up to five of their employees for free online college courses. Make it in Washington Scholarships provide companies a great way to build manufacturing, logistics and management leadership skills. Course offerings include: advanced manufacturing; quality/lean and supply chain management; global sourcing and distribution; and ... Read More »


TOOL KIT:  Espanol Business Resources

TOOL KIT: Espanol Business Resources - June 03, 2015

There are a variety of resources available in Espaol for business owners and entrepreneurs. This issue of Tool Kit will highlight the online assistance available in Spanish. The newly released Small Business Administration Spanish Language Website offers all the assistance services of SBA in a convenient website dedicated to Spanish readers. Their services include advice for starting and managing a business, online workshops, information on loans and financing and opportunities to take advantage... Read More »


Crowdfunding:  Organizing and Running Successful Online Campaigns

Crowdfunding: Organizing and Running Successful Online Campaigns - June 01, 2015

Our crowdfunding workshop at Yakima Maker Space was a big success. About 30 entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders joined us to learn more about crowdfunding , the popular online funding portals that offer significant new ways to fund start-up businesses, social causes, and non-profits. We teamed up with Yakima Maker Space and I Heart Yakima to offer the class, and brought in Greg Paley, a leading business consultant and attorney to highlight how crowdfunding works. Paley started the class by ... Read More »



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