Skagit County selected as pilot program for free business growth training

Thursday, April 04, 2019

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MOUNT VERNON -- A pilot training program providing valuable, well-tested training for businesses poised for growth is coming in May and June to Skagit County.

The ScaleUp Business Training program is a five-week course (one day during each of the five weeks) designed to help small-business owners develop and implement growth plans. The course is being sponsored by the Washington Department of Commerce in partnership with the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County and will start in early May at EDASC. Participants take the program at no cost, thanks to these organizations.

Register for free here.

The pilot program began in 2016 in Thurston County and experienced uniform success, prompting the Department of Commerce to expand it to Skagit County and Yakima this spring.

ScaleUp features about 35 hours of structured training through a curriculum developed by the world-renowned Kaufman Foundation’s entrepreneurship program, including broad scope strategies, knowledge and tools to facilitate the development of a solid growth plan quickly and effectively.

Ideal program participants include those who have been actively in business for at least one year, have annual gross revenues of around $75,000 or above, and already have employees (or soon will).

Past participants who completed the program in Thurston County – even those with over 25 years in business – said it was well worth their time and expected to see significant return on investment immediately. When recommending ScaleUp Business Training to other businesses, participants expressed regret they didn’t take the course years earlier.

The participatory sessions are directed by a well-qualified instructor with substantial business growth experience who is also certified by the Kaufman Foundation. Local guest speakers add to the experience, as do fellow participants. The course also offers the opportunity to connect with various local resources to aid growth plans.

For more information on the ScaleUp Business Training program, contact EDASC CEO John Sternlicht at 360-336-6114 or john@skagit.org. Act quickly, as space is limited and the program begins in early May. Although the program is expressly offered to Skagit County businesses, those in neighboring counties are most welcome to enroll as well.

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