Launch and Grow Your Business

“Everyone comes to business ownership through their own path – people are either pushed or pulled into entrepreneurship,” says Susan Perreault, Training Manager & Instructor at Business Impact NW and the Washington Women’s Business Center (WWBC). When people are pulled, it’s due to a passion, an opportunity, or a desire for independence or financial security.
Did you know the Seattle Public Library has more to offer than books? Using your free library card, anyone can access research databases, knowledgeable professionals and more to get the information they need when starting a small businesses. As part of our focus on market research this month, we sat down with librarian and SPL liaison
George and Denise Hage have been selling Italian shoes in Bellevue since 2011, but their story begins long before. 27 years ago, George was living in Dubai with his wife and sister who complained about the lack of good shoes available to them. George, who worked in insurance at the time, took this need to

Celebrating Dreams 2018

Building Community Connections, Exploring Partnerships, Celebrating Women’s Success On May 31, 2018 Washington Women’s Business Center of Business Impact NW hosted the third-annual Celebrating Dreams, Celebrating Success event presented by Verity Credit Union.  With over 280 attendees, local women business owners connected with each other, aspiring entrepreneurs, and business coaches and mentors. Over 50 Local Women-Owned Businesses
“I don’t think I could have done it by myself,” says founder & executive director of the Madrone School, Lindsey McGrew. In fact, when she talks about starting the Madrone School -an affordable, specialized alternative to public school for children with autism. Lindsey uses the word “we” a lot, about her team, her family, and
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Madrona Dog Company

“If you’ve never been in business before, you don’t know what you don’t know. Network. Connect with a mentor or coach. Find support: it doesn’t have to be expensive; lots of options are free!” This is the advice of Susan Fondren, owner of Madrona Dog Company. The business is ever evolving, and in a self-proclaimed
For many musicians, it’s difficult to imagine being able to quit your day job, play music as your full-time gig, and still be able to live in Seattle. But thanks to Gigs4U, that dreams is becoming reality for hundreds of rising and established local musicians in the area. “We’ve paid out over $1 million to

Something for Everyone

“We feed people – we have something for everyone” says co-founder Amanda Bedell with Phebe Rossi of Nuflours Bakery. Together, Phebe and Amanda pride themselves in serving up a variety of options for every body, from gluten-free to dairy-free, paleo, vegan, soy, corn, peanut –free, and more. You walk in and everything looks delicious, because

Community in Boxing

“I love having a business, and most days my mind is blown that I get to do this” says Lee Torres, owner of The Boxing Gym West Seattle. Located on the main street of White Center, a neighborhood that desperately needed something different in its commercial district, Lee marvels in the diversity of members of