Professional Development

EDASC supports business leaders through our array of professional development offerings, from those new to business to experienced businesspeople looking for new skills.



EDASC recognizes and shares the community-wide interest in championing management development for Skagit County businesses, non-profits and civic organizations.

NextExec is an ongoing professional development program providing leadership and management curriculum, workshops, and mentoring.  The NextExec program was created in partnership with Skagit County area chambers and local businesses to provide ongoing professional development and networking opportunities for emerging business and civic leaders.

View the webpage to learn more and register for NextExec


For the Experienced Businessperson

Learning@Lunch: Big Ideas for Busy People

Network with Skagit County business leaders over lunch and stay current on important ideas and trends once a month. Ideas and connections at the speed of lunch. Cost: EDASC Investors - $20, general public - $25


Ideas@Work: Business Workshop Series

Join us on a deep dive into topics and issues that will help business and organizational leaders stay at the top of their game. These free monthly workshops will arm participants with actionable ideas and practices that will position themselves for success in an increasingly competitive local, regional and global environment.


The Big Idea Book Club

We’ll pick a business thought leader and book to profile every month and share some of our insights and ideas for application for the local economy and our communities. Look for these insights to be published on our website blog and monthly column in the Skagit Valley Herald’s business section.

Find more information on these programs on our events calendar!


Workforce Development Monthly Workshops

EDASC partners with Skagit Valley College's Customized Training Program to offer monthly workshops to support workforce development education. It is an understood fact that productivity is increased through targeted quality training, but not everyone has the time or money to develop and deliver the training needed. The workforce development workshops are packed into two "power" hours. Trainings will provide employers and employees an efficient and effective professional development educational experience at very little cost. There will be a broad range of topics offered.

Please visit Skagit Valley College’s website for more information, and visit our events calendar to view upcoming workshops.



EDASC endorses NextTech, which meets monthly for curated talks about technology. NextTech's mission is to facilitate the growth of the tech community in Skagit County through informative and fun events. Their activities can be found on their meetup page or on our events calendar.