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

Launching the Business Impact NW Blog

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 by

Welcome! We’re excited to be launching the Business Impact NW blog. Some of the topics we’ll be featuring include small business profiles, partner program information and information on getting financing to underserved business owners. Our first post is from Business Impact NW’s Founding Executive Director, John Renforth. ——– Breaking New Ground in Community Collaboration Great

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