Kruger Escapes: Then & Now

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 by

Then: In 2009, Karl and Jessica Kruger took a sailing trip with their 2-year old daughter from Orcas Island to Alaska along the Inside Passage. It was on this trip that the dream of marrying skiing/ surfing and sailing was cemented in Karl’s mind and heart. Karl, an outdoor enthusiast of board sports, water and

Then: Fstopcafé Bainbridge Roasters of Bainbridge Island was born out of a hobby and an unplanned expedition that began nearly 14 years ago. In 2004, David Adler took his first trip to Nicaragua, thanks to an invitation to join a coffee delegation to Isla de Ometepe, Bainbridge’s sister island since 1986. David had been roasting

Greenworks of Washington: Then & Now

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 by

Then: In 2010, Martin and Amy Moe opened Greenworks of Washington, a septic repair and pumping company. Why? When the opportunity came, they jumped in with both feet. As consummate entrepreneurs who had worked for a septic company and owned a roofing company for 20 years, they had the skills and saw what needed to

Opportunity in Action 2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 by

November 21, 2017 Business Impact NW launches its inaugural Annual Campaign with the goal to raise over $15,000 to support its free to low cost programs and access to capital for undeserved entrepreneurs and small business owners. Help us jumpstart 100 new businesses in 2018 with your support.  You can take action for your community by

Bakery Nouveau: Then & Now

Friday, 17 November 2017 by

Then: Bakery Nouveau is a Seattle icon – but just 12 years ago, it was barely a dream. Husband and wife team William and Heather Leaman decided to open a bakery together in 2006, after William captained Bread Bakers Guild Team USA, where he led his team to victory at the Coupe du Monde de

Then: It’s 2007, and Crystal Carlson is a successful bakery owner. But she’d like a change; she’d like to open a spa. And not just any spa: a spa as in the Latin term solace per aquum, or “health through water,” in the European style. She has a vision for a workspace where she can

Then: In 2008, Vinson Latimore had a personal mission to acquire and own a senior housing facility. He had never owned a business before, but armed with a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and experience in the health care industry, he found the ideal assisted living facility to take a look at. It would be

Capuli Club Sips and Treats

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 by

Originally trained as an architect, Gabriela Alban now runs a business with her mother that makes natural, organic and healthy “sips and treats”. She wanted to do something more meaningful and thought the best way to do this was by starting her own business. The idea for Capuli Club came from her country of origin,

Sean’s Clay Corner

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 by

Sean Kelly opened his business a few months ago and so far everything is going well. He started out teaching pottery classes and has since expanded to selling his pottery as well. The classes have been popular thanks to flexible scheduling and being open to every skill level. Sean says he is a very artsy

On Friday September 29th, Business Impact NW gave away $26,000 to local entrepreneurs at The Riveter in Seattle.  Presented by Harborstone Credit Union, IMPACT Pitch was the culmination of a 3-month long contest of 74 applicants vying for a chance to win their piece of the prize money to help them start or grow their

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