Business Impact NW and its programs, including the Washington Women’s Business Center and the Veterans Business Outreach Center, help create and grow the small businesses that make our communities great places to live and work.  By donating, you not only help support underserved communities, but help families, neighborhoods, and local economics thrive.  You can invest

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.

Following the conference, Business Impact NW (BINW) and Harborstone Credit Union, together with BECU as the platinum sponsor, hosted the IMPACT Pitch Competition for the very first time. The BINW team welcomed the sponsors, semi-finalists, and finalists into the Service Room; soon after, other guests came in and registered for the joyous event. Eight finalists

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

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

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.

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