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  Last November 4, 2016, the first annual ELITE Veteran’s Business Conference—sponsored by Harborstone Credit Union—was held in Courthouse Square, Tacoma. Veterans starting up or further developing a business gathered together in the historic landmark built in 1910, its nostalgic atmosphere being felt in every corner. It was a beautiful, sunlit day for a lesson-filled

Nature is majestic in every sense of the word—its beauty and its immensity indescribable; and while conversing with Lauren Roman, it was obvious that she does not take this truth for granted. Lauren translates who she is and what she firmly believes in through her business, TransparentPlanet; she provides solutions to processes that pose detrimental

A Jewelry Maker Who Never Quits

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 by

Michelle Moises exuded lightness and confidence as she recounted how and why she began her jewelry brand, Live Inspired Jewelry. The certainty and tenacity she emanates coincides with her message to every aspiring small business owner—never give up. And as a mother to her son, a current graduate student, a part-time Graduate Assistant for the

No matter the culture, the country, or the business sector, the entrepreneurial spirit is universal. It is equal parts unbridled optimism, staunch determination, and sheer madness. On Wednesday September 14, 2016 we (Business Impact NW) were invited by the SBA to meet with eight women entrepreneurs from all over Africa to share our work through

  The Washington Women’s Business Center, hosted by Business Impact NW sent out the invitation to women-owned small businesses from our community for its inaugural showcase, ‘Celebrating Dreams, Celebrating Success. The idea was to create a networking space in which local women entrepreneurs and established businesses could comingle with investors and community mentors to celebrate

Crowdfund It!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 by

“If you empower an entrepreneur, an entrepreneur can change the world.” Crowdfunding; it’s gaining steam as an important buzz word in the small business community, but what exactly does it mean? From the more well-known Kickstarter and Indiegogo to CrowdFunder, CircleUp and AngelList, there are many platforms from which to choose, which provide a space

LATINA Style, Inc., the premier company addressing the needs of professional Latinas in the United States, will host the 18th Annual LATINA Style Business Series Tour on Thursday, May 26, 2016, from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel located at 515 Madison St Seattle WA 98104. The award winning program, sponsored

After working in small and large businesses and making money for them, Justin Krebs decided he wanted to put his efforts into making money for himself. “It was time to be my own boss,” said the owner of Sound and Fog, a new coffee shop/beer and wine bar soon to open in West Seattle. “I

VBOC offers “Plan it!” the first in a trilogy of free small-business seminars. Say you have a goat, and you are selling your goat at auction as USDA grade A meat. Your buyers are vendors looking for large orders of high-quality product to ship to a number of locations. How much would these buyers appreciate

I recently collaborated with the Business Impact Group (BIG), a partnership between University of Washington and Business Impact NW, to take an inside look at the current challenges facing the Seattle Farm Co-Op. The opportunity to work directly with my local, small-business community provided me with a fresh look at the diversity and hardships of

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