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.
Friday, August 30, 2019 / Published in Blog
On September 19th 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 Business or the $10,000 award for Best Startup/ Early-Stage  Business. Surrounded by family and friends while facing a panel
Thursday, August 08, 2019 / Published in Blog
Hear from Boon Boona Coffee, CavnessHR and Positive Spin Pole Dance Fitness, one year after winning the IMPACT Pitch mission awards!
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 / Published in Blog
Business Impact NW is proud to sponsor Camp Thundercraft, a three-day small business retreat at Camp Sealth on Vashon Island from April 12-14 for anyone interested in building their small creative business. “Camp Thundercraft aims to create a space where small creative business owners can come together to learn from one another, inspire each other to
Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights
Tuesday, January 01, 2019 / Published in Blog
Brought to you by the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights, these six fundamental rights are an essential piece of knowledge for small business owners who are in search of financing.     Visit for more information.
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