EDASC receives $10,000 grant from Northwest Business Development Association

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27 Nov 2023


In October, EDASC was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Northwest Business Development Association (NWBDA) to support its programming, including entrepreneurial support and workforce development.

The NWBDA is a nonprofit certified development organization that supports business growth and job creation by providing small business loans along with local lenders and the Small Business Administration.

As a nonprofit organization, NWBDA is able to provide grants on an annual basis to other organizations or programs that provide economic or community development in the areas that NWBDA serves. This year, NWBDA was able to provide a grand total of $100,000 to organizations devoted to making an impact. 

The NWBDA grant supports EDASC’s programs aimed at empowering veterans, women, minorities, youth, individuals with disabilities, and those in underserved areas. These initiatives include entrepreneurial training and workforce development, all through the lens of equity, inclusion, and sustainability.

EDASC’s programming includes workforce development events with special outreach to Latinos, veterans and people with disabilities; leadership development through Leadership Skagit; and various workshops and conferences for all stages of business.

The NWBDA’s investment in EDASC’s vision underscores the shared mission of both organizations to drive economic development that is inclusive and equitable. This grant will enable EDASC to continue innovating and responding to the evolving needs of Skagit County’s economy, supporting entrepreneurs, and meeting workforce demands.

John Sternlicht, CEO of EDASC, expressed gratitude for the grant, stating, “This funding is a testament to the strength of our programs and the importance of our mission. We are dedicated to creating opportunities for all members of our community, and this grant will help us extend our reach even further.”

EDASC provides support for entrepreneurs, small businesses and workforce development in many ways at no cost.

These no-cost services and programs include:
•    Market research
•    One-on-one advising
•    Technical assistance
•    Talent acquisition
•    Financial literacy
•    Career connections
•    Leadership development
•    Business expansion
•    Business retention
•    Training grants

If you’re interested in business assistance, contact EDASC at 360-336-6114.