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

Connect Lounge- Iulia Bejan

Thursday, 14 September 2017 by

Originally from Romania, Iulia Bejan moved to the United States only 9 years ago. She always planned on being her own boss someday. Being an entrepreneur runs in the family, she says. The first 2 years she was here earning an MBA in New York. After graduating she moved to Seattle but due to the

Last year’s big winners at IMPACT Pitch were The Riveter, LLC and Olykraut, who each won $10,000 to help grow their businesses. The Riveter, LLC won the Start-up Business Award. Run by two women, their awesome idea was to offer co-working spaces designed for women, contributing to their empowerment and supporting them in their ventures.

Nine years ago, Yuri Parreno and Ivonne Jurado launched Ultrafino Panama Hats from the basement of their home, selling strictly from their website. The first product, custom Panama hats handmade in the couple’s native Ecuador, also provided the company’s name. Those hats, which take over a year to make, have an ultra-fine weave, called Ultrafino.

Business Loan Heats Up Hot Mama Salsa

Friday, 11 March 2016 by

“I love chili peppers,” said Nikki Guerrero, owner of Hot Mama Salsa when asked why she started her company. “Growing up in the southwest, fresh salsa is a part of the culture. When you are a transplant, you miss that, so I wanted to bring those flavors to Portland.” That was eight years ago when

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