SBA Reporter - Emerging Leaders Graduates, Veteran Business Week, North Puget Sound Business Summit

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The SBA Reporter, Smart. Bold. Accessible., Seattle District Office, Spokane Branch Office, Serving Washington State and Northern Idaho

October 26, 2016

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Congrats To Our Emerging Leaders Grads

Thirty-two small business owners within Washington state and Northern Idaho (19 throughout Western Washington and 13 across the Inland Northwest) graduated from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders program, a “mini-MBA” training initiative for local business on the brink of growth.

The program includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time, connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers, and supports the creation of a three-year strategic growth action plan.

Since the SBA started offering the Emerging Leaders program in various locations across the country, graduates have created thousands of new full-time jobs, accessed millions of dollars in new financing, and secured federal, state, local and tribal contracts worth more than $1 billion. More than two-thirds of graduating business increase their annual revenues.

The following are the 2016 SBA Emerging Leaders graduates from the Seattle class:

  • Diana Ambauen-Meade - Scratch and Peck Feeds    
  • Afrose Amlani - Living Montessori Education Community
  • Giuseppe Carraturo - V I Wines Distributing
  • Kirsten Curry - Leading Retirement Solutions, LLC
  • Amy Ecklund - AmyWorks Inc.
  • Dillon Eugenio - Compass Plumbing
  • Scott George - Port Madison Enterprises Construction
  • Elia Grogan - Laboratory Design & Construction
  • Meg Halverson - Bright Spring Strategy Consulting
  • Clay Hand - TRS Mechanical, Inc.
  • Cory Hesseltine - Eco Electric
  • Jessica McMurdie - Stepping Stones Occupational Therapy
  • Ida Ottesen - Nakano Associates
  • Andrea Ramos Moore – I Love My GFF
  • Marianna Shilna Vallejo - Daily Magic Productions
  • Debbie Skala (Kepla) - Metal Shorts Inc.
  • Scott Smuin - Luna Sandals
  • Malcolm Waters - MCR Connect LLC
  • Xiaoping Zhang - Concord Engineering, Inc

The following are the 2016 SBA Emerging Leaders graduates from the Spokane class:

  • Ryan Stemkoski – Zipline Interactive
  • Nadine Burgess – Spokane Gymnastics
  • Marvo Reguindin – Thinking Cap Communications and Design
  • Lynn Sebert – Pure Filtration Products
  • Jeremy McIntyre – Custom Salt Solutions
  • Liz Ward – Bumble Bar
  • Brian Mantz – RAI Inc.
  • Steve Farnsworth – Fire Protection Specialists, LLC
  • Stephanie Sartell – Northwest Business Development Association
  • Sarah Thornton – Thornton and Sons, Inc.
  • Jacob Barnes – Med Tran
  • Colette Steinwert – RC Construction Services
  • Salina Savage – Savage Logistics, LLC

For more information about the Emerging Leaders initiative – including applying for the 2017 class – visit

National Veterans small business week

Attend A National Veterans Small Business Week Conference: "Connect. Learn. Grow."

A dynamic one-day conference for veteran business owners and entrepreneurs who are looking to start, grow, or better manage their business. 

The Veterans Business Outreach Center in Seattle is hosting a one-day conference during National Veterans Small Business Week on Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Court House Square in Tacoma. There will be three different class options: start-up, established business, or government contracting. 

In addition to the full day of workshops, the evening will wrap up with a pitch competition starting at 6:30 p.m. where semi-finalists will pitch their startup or established businesses to a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes. The event is open to the public, but registration is required. 

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Court House Square
1102 A St.
Tacoma, WA 98402 

Visit the website to register and for more class details. 

Visit the SBA website for more information and a list of events happening during National Veterans Small Business Week.  

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Attend The Free North Puget Sound Small Business Summit Nov. 2

The North Puget Sound Small Business Summit, a free event open to the general public, will take place at the Lynnwood Convention Center on Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

This summit is designed to offer small businesses with educational programs and networking opportunities. There will be breakout sessions, matchmaking events, panel discussions and an estimated 90 exhibitors on-hand covering a wide variety of local resources. 

The SBA and resource partners will be in attendance as well. Stop by our booths to get more information on the array of free services available to local small business owners. 

Wednesday, Nov. 2
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036

The event is free, but registration is strongly recommended. 

free workshop thursdays

Free workshop Thursdays are offered on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

Oct. 27
2401 4th Ave., Suite 450, Seattle

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Is Your Business Ready to Attract Customers and Sales Online?

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Exploring Online Sales as an Additional Revenue Source

1 - 2 p.m.
Make the World’s Biggest Buyer Your Customer Through Government Contracts

The workshops are free but registration is required for in-person or online

sba 2017 washington state small business awards

Call For Nominations: 2017 National Small Business Week

Are you, or do you know of, a small-business owner with an amazing success story to tell? 

If so, submit your nomination today for the 2017 National Small Business Week Awards.  

All  nominations must be mailed or hand delivered to the Seattle District Office no later than 12 p.m. PT on Jan. 10, 2017.  Consult the Awards Guidelines for details.

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Benefit from other workshops and programs provided by our resource partners:

America's SBDC Washington


Women's Business Center INW

Washington Center for Women in Business

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