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

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

Going With The Flow

3 years ago on New Year’s Eve, Cassie Preston made a resolution to open a business. She started planning with her husband Ashton right away in January of 2015. Less than 1 year later, in September 2015, the two Air Force Veterans opened Steady Flow Growler House & Tasting Room in Spokane Valley. Today, with
Setting goals is critical if you want to make your business dreams a successful reality. This is true whether you are just dreaming of starting a business, growing your new (less than a year old) business, or taking your long established business to the next level. There are advantages to writing down your goals and

Kruger Escapes: Then & Now

Then: In 2009, Karl and Jessica Kruger took a sailing trip with their 2-year old daughter from Orcas Island to Alaska along the Inside Passage. It was on this trip that the dream of marrying skiing/surfing and sailing was cemented in Karl’s mind and heart. Karl, an outdoor enthusiast of board sports, water and mountains,
Then: Fstopcafé Bainbridge Roasters of Bainbridge Island was born out of a hobby and an unplanned expedition that began nearly 14 years ago. In 2004, David Adler took his first trip to Nicaragua, thanks to an invitation to join a coffee delegation to Isla de Ometepe, Bainbridge’s sister island since 1986. David had been roasting

Greenworks of Washington: Then & Now

Then: In 2010, Martin and Amy Moe opened Greenworks of Washington, a septic repair and pumping company. Why? When the opportunity came, they jumped in with both feet. As consummate entrepreneurs who had worked for a septic company and owned a roofing company for 20 years, they had the skills and saw what needed to

Opportunity in Action 2017

November 21, 2017 Business Impact NW launches its inaugural Annual Campaign with the goal to raise over $15,000 to support its free to low cost programs and access to capital for undeserved entrepreneurs and small business owners. Help us jumpstart 100 new businesses in 2018 with your support.  You can take action for your community by

Bakery Nouveau: Then & Now

Then: Bakery Nouveau is a Seattle icon – but just 12 years ago, it was barely a dream. Husband and wife team William and Heather Leaman decided to open a bakery together in 2006, after William captained Bread Bakers Guild Team USA, where he led his team to victory at the Coupe du Monde de