“I don’t think I could have done it by myself,” says founder & executive director of the Madrone School, Lindsey McGrew. In fact, when she talks about starting the Madrone School -an affordable, specialized alternative to public school for children with autism. Lindsey uses the word “we” a lot, about her team, her family, and

Madrona Dog Company

“If you’ve never been in business before, you don’t know what you don’t know. Network. Connect with a mentor or coach. Find support: it doesn’t have to be expensive; lots of options are free!” This is the advice of Susan Fondren, owner of Madrona Dog Company. The business is ever evolving, and in a self-proclaimed

Confessions of a Loan Officer, Part 1

I get a lot of the same questions, and they lead me to believe that there are a lot of misconceptions out there about getting money for your business.  These are some of the things I wish people knew before they applied for a loan. First, there is no such thing as hundred percent (100%)

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