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Crystal Carlson did not let anything deter her from building Ladywell’s Vitality Spa and Sauna. She had no knowledge or experience whatsoever in constructing and managing a business like it, but she was determined to pull it off. First, she had to figure out the information she needed to understand the kind of business industry

One Refugee at a Time

Monday, 19 December 2016 by

Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman’s business called MiMi Globe Goods was born out of her idea to marry her passion to create and her desire to help marginalized individuals or communities. Ming-Ming was inspired to make fabric necklaces when a friend took notice of one she bought from France. It was also a friend and a Fashion Degree

“Mom, when you keep doing your best, you’ll never fail,” these were Lily Tran’s son’s encouraging words for her when she needed it most. With the support of her biggest fan, Lily took the plunge and opened her own business. She attended classes given by Business Impact NW’s Women’s Business Center, found funding for her

  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

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