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.
Thermoforming Systems, LLC (TSL), established in 2002, is a plastics thermoforming equipment factory located in Union Gap, WA. The company manufactures the machines that are utilized by plastics manufacturers to produce cups, foodservice containers, and a variety of other disposable packaging used by food and beverage companies around the world. The growth in the food packaging industry has increased demand for the machines that TSL builds, and as result the company is currently expanding their ... Read More »
A New Tool to Grow Your Business: 'Economic Gardening' - April 20, 2016
What is Economic Gardening ? A method of supporting second stage growth companies by identifying and implementing customized development and expansion strategies. Economic Gardening specialists assist CEOs to identify potential or missed opportunities such as leveraging new or emerging markets, refining business models and gaining access to competitive intelligence. The team facilitates access to new tools and information that can be applied immediately. How the EG model works : Partnering ... Read More »
Winners of the 2015 Enterprise Challenge Announced! - January 22, 2016
The Yakima County Development Association and the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce announced today that three emerging businesses were selected as winners of the association's sixth annual business plan contest. These entrepreneurs were selected by six judges that met with business plan contestants yesterday. Yakima Hop Candy won New Vision's Enterprise Challenge and will receive $10,000. Yakima Hop Candy is the proud creator of LollyHops. This boutique pop is infused with locally grown ... Read More »
Enterprise Challenge Finalists Announced - January 04, 2016
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 top finalists were chosen from 26 community members who served as judges in the competitions Entrepreneur Trade Show held in December. This is the last phase of the contest. These finalists will now present their business plans to our final round of judges who will ... Read More »