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
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 / Published in Blog
Small business owners are great at solving problems with their products or services, but they’re not always great at avoiding financial fires in their businesses. Entrepreneurs are driven and motivated.  They spot a problem and then they even developed a product or service to solve it. However, despite their intelligence and drive, many small business
Friday, January 25, 2019 / Published in Blog
January is the time for many to set New Year’s resolutions and entrepreneurs are naturally thinking of their business goals as well as personal goals. Not only is it a new year, but deadlines like taxes are on the horizon, and maybe that system you meant to put in place to make filing easier, just
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 / Published in Blog
Tax preparation can be stressful for business owners.  Gathering the required documents and information and communicating with your tax preparer can alleviate some of the stress. Here are some things to know while preparing for tax season:  Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA): The 2019 filing season is the first under the TCJA. The TCJA,
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 / Published in Blog
Believing in your startup can be a bit like believing in magic. At times, the dream may seem impossible until hard work, luck and the stars collide, and voilà you’re in business! Combining years of experience at being a mother, a passion for healthy living and food activism with elbow grease and a unique service,