Megan is Business Impact NW's Development Coordinator and a candidate for Seattle University's Arts Leadership MFA program. She holds a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of Montana and is passionate about storytelling of all forms, nature and developing community by elevating our unique stories. Megan who grew up on her family-owned farm and ranch in Montana, is especially inspired to empower business owners from underserved urban and rural communities.
Monday, December 10, 2018 / Published in Blog
This time of year especially, it’s easy to forget to engage in self-care. Families are locking in holiday plans with distant relatives over their precious time off. Parents are searching for the most thoughtful gifts for their children, while retailers are trying to get the attention of busy customers in the form of holiday gift
Friday, November 30, 2018 / Published in Blog
While the autonomy that comes with running your own business can be highly rewarding, it is also well known that being your own boss can be incredibly demanding and requires much more of you than clocking into a nine to five. That did not scare Meg Trainer and her husband Russ Raade from opening up
#SmallBizBigImpact Giveaway – Enter to Win $250!
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 / Published in Blog
#SmallBizBigImpact Giveaway: November 20-26 Shop local season is upon us and to celebrate Business Impact NW is giving away a $250 gift card you can spend at your favorite small businesses! Starting today, on National Entrepreneurship Day, we invite you to visit your favorite regional business on our Pacific NW, Puget Sound and Seattle maps, snap a picture and share
IMPACT Pitch 2018: Small Business Empowerment!
Friday, October 05, 2018 / Published in Blog
On Thursday, October 4th, Business Impact NW gave away $30,000 to local entrepreneurs at 415 Westlake in Seattle.  Presented by Harborstone Credit Union, IMPACT Pitch was the culmination of a 4-month long contest of 63 applicants vying for a chance to win their piece of the prize money to help them start or grow their successful business
Business Impact NW Collaborates with Wells Fargo
Sunday, September 30, 2018 / Published in Blog
This month Susan Perreault, Program Director of the Washington Women’s Businses Center at Business Impact NW presented with small business leader and SVP Roby Schapira of Wells Fargo at the NAWBO conference in Spokane, WA. The duo teamed up for a presentation titled “Growing Your Business by Knowing Its Lifecycle.” Roby and Susan’s partnership was
Introducing our IMPACT Pitch Judges and MC!
Thursday, September 27, 2018 / Published in Blog
Matt Oppenheimer
We are honored to have such an accomplished group of business leaders judge the IMPACT Pitch Live Competition this year, including winner of last year’s Best Startup Business, Coté Soerens, the Founder and CEO of Remitly, Matt Oppenheimer, and Michael Powell, returning judge and Senior Vice President at Harborstone Credit Union! From a 39 year
Meet Our 8 IMPACT Pitch Finalists!
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 / Published in Blog
In eight short days, our eight IMPACT Pitch finalists will stand before a live audience to pitch how their inspiring business ideas will positively impact the community in attempts to win the $10,000 award for Best Established Businesses or the $10,000 award for Best Startup/ Early-Stage  Business. Surrounded by family and friends while facing a
Repair Revolution – 1 Year After IMPACT Pitch Win
Thursday, September 20, 2018 / Published in Blog
Repair Revolution is on a mission to disrupt the auto repair industry, which is stained with a bad reputation for deception and lack of integrity. “We’ve created the most transparent repair experience possible” says owner Eli Alison, who sends customers photos and videos from the initial inspection of everything addressed in a quote. As a
Monday, September 17, 2018 / Published in Blog, Client Stories
Community comes first at Resistencia Coffee — community, resistance and last, but not least, coffee. Surrounded by Seattle’s industrial area and mere blocks from the Duwamish Waterway this South Park coffee shop is a welcoming, safe and vibrant community-controlled space that is actively resisting anti-displacement efforts. Since opening in their newly remodeled location on Cloverdale
Predatory Lending, Part 2: Finding a better Alternative with CDFIs
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 / Published in Blog
In Predatory Lending, Part 1: an Overview, we painted a picture of how dangerous the waters of predatory lending can be. To review, “Predatory lending is any lending practice that imposes unfair or abusive loan terms on a borrower. It is also any practice that convinces a borrower to accept unfair terms through deceptive, coercive, exploitative or unscrupulous