Economic Gateway http://www.skagit.org Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County News RSS Feed Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:39:06 -0500 en-US Staff Profile: Cindy Brooks http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/3931/staff-profile-cindy-brooks http://www.skagit.org/news Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 How long have you lived in Skagit County? One year. What is your favorite thing to do or eat? Both, like eating huckleberries along the trail while hiking. What can you suggest for someone new or familiar to Skagit County to try? Slow down and look around, get outside, visit the parks, like Howard Miller... Skagit County Revolving Loan Fund Offers Competitive Opportunities for Financing your Business http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/4766/skagit-county-revolving-loan-fund-offers-competitive-opportunities-for-financing-your-business http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 For Skagit County small businesses searching for funding to support growing and expanding their operations, the Skagit County Revolving Loan Fund offers affordable financing opportunities to purchase equipment or real estate, refinance expensive debt, or improve your business space to attract new clients.  Revived by the National Development Council (NDC)... CEO Corner: August 2018 http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/3263/ceo-corner-august-2018 http://www.skagit.org/news Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 One of EDASC’s popular NextExec sessions this spring focused on Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution. Many different topics figured in to this discussion on individual and group communication, including emotional intelligence, empathy, inclusiveness, giving difficult feedback, and resolving interpersonal conflict. These are all complex topics that deserve more detailed treatment... 6 Tips for Growing Your Business http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/3260/6-tips-for-growing-your-business http://www.skagit.org/news Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Business growth is critical for long-term success. Still, achieving sustainable business growth is not easy. It requires a strategic plan, being well-prepared, and being nimble enough to adjust to changing market demands. Locally, Cindy Brooks is an excellent resource for businesses needing help in this arena. Through her work at... Staff Profile: Annette Pankey http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/3801/staff-profile-annette-pankey http://www.skagit.org/news Sun, 05 Aug 2018 19:00:00 -0500 How long have you lived in Skagit County? My wife Roz and I arrived in Anacortes on May 1, 2011. What is your favorite thing to do? I’ve played sports all my life and absolutely love playing golf!  The mechanics of golf are challenging, but it’s balanced by just being out in nature. ... CEO Corner: July 2018 http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/3256/ceo-corner-july-2018 http://www.skagit.org/news Mon, 30 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 We have recently completed the season of graduations and inspiration – including Leadership Skagit and two graduations for the Sternlicht family.  Aside from pride, excitement, satisfaction, and hope, these events can energize us to work for improvements and greater causes for our communities.  I hope you will permit me some personal... Should I Hire Employees or Contractors? http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/3259/should-i-hire-employees-or-contractors http://www.skagit.org/news Mon, 30 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Many businesses in Washington State are faced with the question of hiring employees or starting people out as contractors. This is especially relevant for start-ups or businesses who are in the growth phase. When cash is tight, there may be little option other than to hire people as contractors. However,... Skagit County, Northwest Washington Promoted to Global Investors at SelectUSA Summit http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/3258/skagit-county-northwest-washington-promoted-to-global-investors-at-selectusa-summit http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 From June 20 through 22, EDASC was part of the Choose Washington delegation at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC.  This summit, organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the highest-profile event promoting investment in the United States, bringing together global companies and economic development organizations to share investment opportunities from... 4 New Techs For Easier Business Finances http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2135/4-new-techs-for-easier-business-finances http://www.skagit.org/news Mon, 14 May 2018 02:00:00 -0500 New technology is making it easier than ever for entrepreneurs and small business owners to manage their finances. We recommend working with EDASC’s resident SBDC advisor to create an initial budget, financial projections, and to learn how to manage cash flow. Afterwards, it becomes important to manage these plans on... Five Census Tracts in Skagit County Designated by Governor as Opportunity Zones http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2138/five-census-tracts-in-skagit-county-designated-by-governor-as-opportunity-zones http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Washington Governor Jay Inslee has designated five census tracts in three Skagit County cities as Opportunity Zones. The tracts are part of a new program enacted by Congress under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that aims to encourage private-sector investment into economically distressed U.S. communities.   Investors in Opportunity... The Power of the Latino Leadership Initiative http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2137/the-power-of-the-latino-leadership-initiative http://www.skagit.org/news Tue, 01 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500   The Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) seeks to empower young Latinos to put them on a path to become leaders in their lives and their communities. In its fifth year, thirty students will graduate from the program from Skagit Valley College, Everett Community College and Edmonds Community College, which is a... Managing Cash Flow is Critical for Growing a Business http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2136/managing-cash-flow-is-critical-for-growing-a-business http://www.skagit.org/news Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 For small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to launch a business, managing cash flow is critical to success. Learning how to manage a business’s finances is not as easy as it sounds. There are many factors, internal and external, that can influence business profitability and even whether a business has... EDASC Explores Opportunities for Skagit County in Japan and Korea http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2117/edasc-explores-opportunities-for-skagit-county-in-japan-and-korea http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Japan and South Korea have been identified as promising export markets for Skagit County value-added agriculture products. EDASC visited these markets to explore opportunities and introduce Skagit County and northwest Washington to key counterparts in both countries. Organic agriculture and craft brewing present positive opportunities in these markets for Skagit County products; agriculture technology... Staff Profile: Audra Ramerman http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2116/staff-profile-audra-ramerman http://www.skagit.org/news Thu, 30 Nov 2017 02:00:00 -0600 I think that the most important thing in my choice to come to EDASC from the private sector was that I see this as an opportunity to make a difference in my local community. During the last election there was a lot of talk about ‘we need jobs here! We... Cindy Brooks Joins EDASC as SBDC Certified Business Advisor http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2112/cindy-brooks-joins-edasc-as-sbdc-certified-business-advisor http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 04 Oct 2017 02:00:00 -0500 Cindy Brooks recently joined EDASC and the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), administered by Washington State University, as the new SBDC Certified Business Advisor serving Skagit, San Juan, and Island Counties.  Cindy is a lifelong resident of Western Washington and brings experience from two decades of small business ownership and entrepreneurial... Lieutenant Governor Habib Visits Skagit County to Discuss Economic Development Opportunities http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2111/lieutenant-governor-habib-visits-skagit-county-to-discuss-economic-development-opportunities http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Washington State Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib visited Skagit County on October 2 to learn about local economic development initiatives, and to meet with businesses, organizations, and community members driving the economy to discuss priority issues and opportunities.  EDASC and Chinook Enterprises of Mount Vernon partnered to invite Lieutenant Governor Habib to Skagit County and coordinate his... Upcoming Consultation and Trade Mission Offer Skagit County Businesses New Growth Opportunities http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/4232/upcoming-consultation-and-trade-mission-offer-skagit-county-businesses-new-growth-opportunities http://www.skagit.org/news Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 With more than 95 percent of all consumers located outside the United States, exports and international trade present significant potential growth opportunities for manufacturers, farmers, and services providers.  Skagit County is a leading exporter in its own right, as the source of 25 percent of global supply of cabbage and... Fundamental Computer Course Supports Skagit County Latino Entrepreneurs http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/3257/fundamental-computer-course-supports-skagit-county-latino-entrepreneurs http://www.skagit.org/news Mon, 30 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 On May 26, thirty-six Skagit County participants graduated from the Basic and Intermediate Computer Course for Latinos, an innovative business preparedness course coordinated in partnership by Skagit Valley College, the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC), and EDASC's Latino Business Retention and Expansion Program.  These classes, which were held at Skagit Valley College... Workshop Highlights Strategies for Marketing to Latinos http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2133/workshop-highlights-strategies-for-marketing-to-latinos http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 06 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 The Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC), NW Agriculture Business Center (NABC), Skagit Valley College and EDASC Foundation’s Leadership Skagit Program hosted a Symposium on the Secrets of Marketing to Latinos on April 3, 2018.  NABC Executive Director, David Bauermeister EDASC CEO, John Sternlicht, and Director of Leadership Skagit,... Speaking their Minds: Conversations about Advancing Leadership and Economic Opportunity for all Women and Girls http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2132/speaking-their-minds-conversations-about-advancing-leadership-and-economic-opportunity-for-all-women-and-girls http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 With over a hundred in attendance, local women leaders held a wide-ranging conversation on key issues facing women and girls at a March 28th bi-partisan panel event held at McIntyre Hall. Working moms brought daughters. Skagit Valley College Latino Leadership Initiative students brought their sisters. Leadership Skagit grads brought their... Skagit County Businesses, EDASC Participate in Industry Trade Shows http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2131/skagit-county-businesses-edasc-participate-in-industry-trade-shows http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 04 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Skagit County was well represented at several leading international industry and trade shows during the month of March, including the JEC World Composites Show in Paris from March 6-8; the GLOBE Summit in Vancouver, Canada from March 14-16; and the Aerospace and Defense Supplier Summit (ADSS) in Seattle from March... Recognition of Board Members’ Service http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2121/recognition-of-board-members-service http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, EDASC marked the occasion of three board members’ final board meeting and presented plaques to Gregg Davidson, Julie Blazek, and Anthony Young. They are leaving the board after many years of dedicated service. Gregg Davidson, former Skagit Regional Health President and CEO, served on EDASC’s board... Consider a Career in Advanced Manufacturing http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2118/consider-a-career-in-advanced-manufacturing http://www.skagit.org/news Thu, 07 Dec 2017 02:00:00 -0600   Advanced manufacturing jobs are abundant in Skagit County. With our maritime, aerospace, petroleum and other manufacturing sectors, there is an incredible need for people who have the skills necessary to operate machinery, serve as engineers (and engineering technicians) and to ensure that our manufacturing sector continues to thrive. The advanced manufacturing...