Tuesday, April 23, 2019 / Published in Blog, Client Stories
Founding Owner of HeartBeet Monika Kinsman approached Business Impact NW when she needed to move her food business from its original location in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood to Queen Anne. Many businesses on her former 65th Street location had already moved when the city converted parking spaces into a bike lane, which led to a 50%
Friday, April 19, 2019 / Published in Blog, Client Stories
Effie Garcia, the founding owner of the Student Success Center of Orting has a long history of helping children learn and grow. She is guided by her belief that all children, no matter their socio-economic status or geographic location, deserve access to places that provide an enriching educational environment. “I started teaching preschool 20 years
Monday, April 08, 2019 / Published in Blog
Business owners have a lot on their plates.  From sales, fulfillment, and hiring to HR, payroll, and marketing, there’s a lot to do and a lot that can fall by the wayside. One of the things that can seem non-urgent—until it turns into a crisis—is financial management. Ironically, the mistakes you make here can be
Monday, April 01, 2019 / Published in Blog
Marketing is a frame of mind and it touches all aspect of your business. Think about it, when you pitch an investor, that’s marketing. When you’re working on your customer acquisition strategy, that’s marketing. When you’re entering a cross-promotional partnership with your neighboring small business – you guessed it – that’s marketing. For some people,
Monday, March 18, 2019 / Published in Blog
Business Impact NW last spoke to Sean Kelly in October 2017 a few months after he opened Sean’s Clay Corner. In one year’s time, his business grew so quickly that he had to relocate to a larger space in order to serve his growing membership base. “I was full and couldn’t take any more people,”
Discrimination in Lending
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 / Published in Blog
The issue of discrimination in lending is complex and systemic. Whether occurring overtly or otherwise, it is a hindrance to small business owners and adversely impacts communities. “This goes back a ways and it’s not just lending,” says Business Impact NW, SVP and Senior Loan Officer, Roland Chaiton. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 was established
Wednesday, March 06, 2019 / Published in Blog
Monday, March 4, 2019 – 13:27 Jackie Bayne, Office of Equal Opportunity, 360-705-7084 OLYMPIA – A unique partnership between the Washington State Department of Transportation, Sound Transit and Washington state-based credit unions will help underserved businesses participating in WSDOT’s Capacity Building Mentorship program with alternative financing options. The mentorship program has been operating successfully since
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
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 / Published in Blog
In 2011, Efrem Fesaha walked into a café in Asmara, Eritrea that roasted its coffee at night, so it had fresh beans available to make espresso in the morning. “The smell of coffee inside a café is super rare. In most cafés you don’t even smell coffee,” says Efrem. “The whole experience really excited me!”
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 / Published in Blog
“GuildWorks aims to Inspire with Lightness in form, Beauty in Structure and ​Grace in Movement,” reads an inspirational quote on GuildWorks’ website, a design build company in Portland, Oregon that creates fabric architecture installations. “In a lot of ways, we’re multiple companies in one,” explains Founder and Senior Design Principal, Mar Ricketts. “We design. We