NEWS

Managing Cash Flow is Critical for Growing a Business

Monday, April 16, 2018

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 cash on had to pay suppliers and employees. Here are some cash flow basics that every business should know. Cash flow must be actively managed Many small business owners look at sales revenue as being the only thing that matters. They assume that if the sales numbers are good, there will be...
3rd Annual Skagit Ag Summit

Thursday, March 01, 2018

EDASC's Director of Business Retention and Expansion Andrew Miller was recently given the opportunity to provide data and insight regarding the changing face of consumer interest in agriculture and value-added food as well as how those market changes and consumer interests may create economic opportunity for local farms and ag-based businesses at the 3rd Annual Skagit Ag Summit on February 16. Approximately 120 Skagit County and regional farmers, policy makers, and other ag and food stakeholders gathered at the day-long summit held at the WSU Research Center nestled in the farmlands west of Mount Vernon to hear ideas and to discuss...
Resources for Skagit County Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs

Friday, February 23, 2018

Entrepreneurs and business leaders have access to an unprecedented amount of information and resources in 2018. With the rise of the open source and sharing economy, many corporations have made business tools free, affordable and easily accessible. When combined with resources offered by EDASC and other community organizations, entrepreneurs and business leaders have a built-in support structure to promote and grow their business. EDASC encourages businesses in Skagit County to take advantage of business planning and strategy sessions, workshops, and networking events that will take place throughout the year. In addition, here are some of our favorite business resources available in...
Connell appointed to Board of Directors of the Washington State China Relations Council

Friday, February 09, 2018

The Washington State China Relations Council appointed Sean Connell, EDASC Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness, to its Board of Directors on February 8.  The Council, which was founded in 1979 following the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, is the oldest nongovernmental organization advocating at the state level for increased trade connections with China.  The Council’s staff and board of directors regularly advise leaders from business, government and civic sectors on issues related to China, and the organization plays a central role in the attraction of direct investment from China...
GSBA visits EDASC to meet with Skagit County business and community leaders

Thursday, January 25, 2018

EDASC was pleased to host a luncheon together with the Greater Seattle Business Association, to bring LGBT and ally business and community leaders together. John, EDASC’s CEO, previously on the Board of Directors of the GSBA, united several LGBT businesses and community partners to explore new ways to take advantage of services offered by the GSBA and build new relationships through more opportunities to collaborate.   Representatives from PFLAG, HKP Architects, Skagit Valley College, Skagit Publishing, and various small businesses from across Skagit County attended the meeting. This group is open to any interested participants, so EDASC investors and interested Skagit businesses...
Staff Profile: Sean Connell

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What is your favorite thing to do or eat? As an avid hiker, getting in an extended hike to some of the greatest vistas around —such as Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm, and others in the North Cascades—then dropping by one or more of Skagit County’s microbreweries afterwards.   What can you suggest for someone new or familiar to Skagit County to try? Take a full day, and ideally more, to drive from Deception Pass in the west to Rainy Pass in the east, in order to take in the incredibly diverse environments and beauty of the county.   What were you doing before you started...
EDASC Explores Opportunities for Skagit County in Japan and Korea

Friday, December 01, 2017

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 and agritourism also present potential areas for information sharing and engagement. As part of its activities to promote Skagit County’s economy, EDASC actively explores opportunities to build global connections through export promotion, investment attraction, and mutually beneficial partnerships.  With value-added agriculture an important and growing economic sector for Skagit County, EDASC...
Staff Profile: Audra Ramerman

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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 need employment!’ and I feel that whatever is happening at the federal level, I don’t think it’s the President’s or Congress’ duty to bring jobs to my community. I feel that local politics and local organizations are what is going to effect change in their local communities. And coming to...
EDASC Launches Skagit County Community Conversation and China Seminar Series

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

This November EDASC is launching two new series for discussion and community interaction on key issues in economic development for Skagit County and its communities:  the Skagit County Community Conversation, and the Skagit County China Seminar. The Skagit County Community Conversation series will launch on November 9, with a session on housing in economic development.  At this inaugural forum, Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) Executive Director Kevin Murphy will present the findings of and discuss his thoughts on the recently published county-wide housing study commissioned by the SCOG board.  EDASC CEO John Sternlicht will discuss the housing needs of county employers and economic impact of available housing for economic...
Cindy Brooks Joins EDASC as SBDC Certified Business Advisor

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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 endeavors in the health and wellness industry.  She is a graduate of Presidio Graduate School, with an MBA in Sustainable Systems.  Please join us in welcoming Cindy to the Skagit County community!
Lieutenant Governor Habib Visits Skagit County to Discuss Economic Development Opportunities

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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 visit.  Lieutenant Governor Habib serves as "Washington's Chief Opportunity Officer," and his visit to Skagit County offered an opportunity to introduce him to the extensive regional partnerships working together to advance economic growth and create new opportunities for all members of the Skagit County community. In meetings with members of the EDASC...
Leadership Skagit Welcomes Class of 2018

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Leadership Skagit, a program of the EDASC Foundation in partnership with EDASC, Skagit Valley College and Washington State University Extension, welcomed thirty-four new participants in its Class of 2018 on September 15 with a kickoff session at Skagit Valley College.  Over the next nine months, these current and emerging community leaders will undertake an intensive curriculum combining leadership skill development with in-depth information, study, and discussion on topics important to the future of Skagit County, while working in teams to complete community service projects of lasting benefit. Members of the Class of 2018 are: Debbie Aldridge, Community Volunteer/Samish Indian Nation Head Start (Retired) Anne Basye,...
EDASC CEO Honored with Fellow Member Designation by International Economic Development Council

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) CEO John Sternlicht received the “Fellow Member” designation at the annual Recognition Dinner of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on September 18 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  IEDC is the world’s largest organization of economic developers and related businesses, with over 5,000 members spread principally across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia. IEDC designates selected members of long standing as Fellow Members if they have attained unusual stature in the field of economic development and made significant contributions to the profession.  In addition to service to IEDC through board and committee service...
CEO Corner: August 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

One of EDASC’s most interesting and important ongoing projects has been partnering with the City of Anacortes and the Port of Anacortes in coordinating the development of a maritime economy strategy.  After setting up a framework with some broad goals, Mayor Laurie Gere, Port Executive Director Dan Worra and I have been conducting stakeholder meetings to find out their views on Anacortes’ strengths and weaknesses as a maritime location, as well as needs, solutions, and ideas for future growth.  We have heard from businesses and individuals in manufacturing, repair, sales and service of vessels, tourism, recreation, research, education, and training,...
Skagit County Drawing New Focus from Chinese Businesses

Monday, August 07, 2017

As Washington State’s economic ties with China continue to expand rapidly, Skagit County is increasingly receiving attention from Chinese businesses and local government counterparts.  Washington State is already the leading exporter to China among U.S. states, and is growing in importance as a location for Chinese businesses and investors looking to enter the U.S. market.  As this trade and investment continues to accelerate, Skagit County’s high-quality value-added agriculture, innovative manufacturing industries, strategic location between Seattle and Vancouver, and spectacular natural beauty are drawing more attention from the growing number of Chinese delegations visiting Washington State.    Skagit County was highlighted at...
Workshop Highlights Strategies for Marketing to Latinos

Friday, April 06, 2018

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, Kathryn Bennett provided opening remarks and then turned the program over to facilitator, Dr. Diana Morelli of EDASC, Director of Latino Business Retention and Expansion. Presenters from various industries, focused on specific, experiential examples of how to develop trust and establish Latino loyalty; the most effective channels to reach Latinos...
Speaking their Minds: Conversations about Advancing Leadership and Economic Opportunity for all Women and Girls

Friday, April 06, 2018

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 fellow classmates. What brought them from Anacortes, Bellingham and Sedro-Woolley? On this evening, they came to hear from women who have lived the issues. In response, Laura Cailloux, Vice President, Skagit Valley College; Shirley Yap, General Manager, Shell Puget Sound Refinery; Laurie Gere, Mayor, City of Anacortes and Erin Long, President,...
Skagit County Businesses, EDASC Participate in Industry Trade Shows

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

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 26-28.   JEC’s annual conference in Paris is the most comprehensive international event focused on the complete composites value chain, connecting end-users, researchers, engineers, manufacturers, designers, educators, and investors.  Skagit County businesses participating in JEC this year included Janicki Industries, Hexcel, and Fiberglass Supply.  Additionally, Skagit Valley College’s partners at the University...
Port of Skagit Sells Surplus Property, Acquires Property for Industrial Park

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The Port of Skagit recently sold undeveloped property adjacent to Skagit Regional Airport to truck maker Paccar Inc. The $8.4 million, 121.5-acre sale comprised of approximately 76.5 acres of wetlands and approximately 45 buildable acres. In 1980, the Port sold 240 acres of surplus property to Paccar Inc. for the construction of their truck testing facility. The recent land acquisition brings their total land ownership in Burlington to approximately 365 acres. Additionally, the Port of Skagit has acquired 123 acres of land for a new industrial park on Bayview Ridge. This new development will include light manufacturing and processing facilities. The development of new industrial lands will...
EDASC Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness Named to National-Level Positions on U.S.-Asia Relations

Friday, March 02, 2018

Sean Connell, EDASC’s Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness, was recently named to roles with two national-level organizations active in U.S.-Asia relations, and at the regional level to the Board of Directors of the Washington State China Relations Council.   On January 30, Connell was named a Senior Fellow of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a leading U.S. organization that promotes understanding and cooperation in U.S.-Asia relations.  The Foundation honors the work and legacy of Mike Mansfield, the longest-serving U.S. Senate Majority Leader and longest-serving U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and Maureen Hayes Mansfield.  The Foundation sponsors exchanges, dialogues, and publications...
Port of Skagit and EDASC Promote Broadband Access Measure

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Championing countywide access to fiber is a leading priority for EDASC and part of its 2017-2018 business plan. On January 17, Sean Connell, Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness at EDASC, and Sara Young, Director of Planning and Facilities at the Port of Skagit testified before the Washington State Senate Energy, Environment, and Technology Committee in support of Senate Bill 6426. This bill will allow more port districts the ability, which the Port of Skagit currently has, to construct dark fiber networks for expanded fiber access in rural areas.  Previous regulation in effect since 2000 has allowed public utility districts...
Recognition of Board Members’ Service

Friday, December 15, 2017

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 for 21 years. Although he will be dearly missed, he will still be active volunteering for EDASC and other community members while enjoying his hard-earned retirement. Julie Blazek, Partner at HKP Architects, LLP, served as Board Chair for 2016, and has been with EDASC for four years. She has resigned from...
Consider a Career in Advanced Manufacturing

Thursday, December 07, 2017

  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 businesses located in Skagit County, include: Shell Puget Sound Refinery Andeavor Anacortes Refinery (formerly Tesoro) Janicki Industries Hexcel PACCAR Technical Center Team Corporation Snelson EDCO, INC. Rothenbuhler Engineering Many small and mid-size companies   Advanced Manufacturing Requires Workers to Have Advanced Skills   These are not manufacturing jobs designed to have employees complete the same routine tasks over and over again. A far cry...