Thurston EDC Center for Business & Innovation Opens Satellite Office in Yelm

The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I) is pleased to announce the establishment of the CB&I and South Thurston Economic Development (STEDI) Satellite office in partnership with the City of Yelm at Yelm City Hall. The office will be open every Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. – 5 p.m., starting on September 3, 2019.

The Center for Business & Innovation exists to support people from the idea phase of starting a business to scaling a successful medium size business up to 100 employees. We offer one on one coaching, workshops, and additional resources to help start, grow, or streamline a business. CB&I resources that will be available include Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB), Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Senior Core of Retired Executives (SCORE), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), and STEDI. The Satellite Office will take walk-in visitors 2:00 pm-3:00 pm and then scheduled appointments 3:00 pm-5:00 pm. To schedule an appointment contact Ryan Norskog, 360-464-6060 or email him at [email protected]

In addition to the Satellite office, The CB&I, City of Yelm, Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Center for Women in Business will hold two workshops: Where’s My Money? A Cash Flow System to Help You Keep Your Profit and Sanity, Wednesday September 18, 2-4pm and How to Start A Business: A Step by Step Road Map to Start Your Successful Small Business on October 2, 6 pm-8 pm. The workshops will take place in the council chambers at Yelm City Hall.

“We are looking forward to the strengthening our partnership with the Center for Business & Innovation by opening this satellite office in Yelm,” said Michael Grayum, City Administrator. “The technical and strategic support they provide will help current and future businesses continue to thrive in our growing community.”

“The Yelm Chamber is so excited to cement our partnership with the Economic Development Council and CB&I, and the City of Yelm, to ensure that business owners have the resources they need to thrive, right here in the heart of Yelm. We hope that business owners will take advantage of these benefits, visit the satellite office, and attend workshops that will take place.” said Line Critchfield, Executive Director of the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with the City of Yelm & the Yelm Chamber of Commerce to help support and grow their local businesses! We love to work alongside cities and chambers to help start and foster sustainable businesses that become key parts of the local community. We know business owners are loaded down with so much to do these days, we hope that by locating our services closer to them we will be able to support them better,” said Kaylee Purcell Director CB&I.

For more information about the Thurston EDC CB&I Yelm Satellite office visit https://thurstonedc.com/cbi/ or contact George Sharp, Rural Program Manager at 360-464-6043 or [email protected]

Business Workshops scheduled to take place in Yelm September 18 and October 2, 2019

The Thurston Economic Development Council Center for Business and Innovation Yelm Satellite Office in partnership with the City of Yelm, Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Center for Women in Business will hold two workshops in Yelm September 18, 2-4 pm and October 2, 6-8 pm.

Workshops Detail:

Where’s My Money? A Cash Flow System to Help You Keep Your Profit and Sanity

September 18, 2-4pm, Yelm City Hall Council Chambers, 106 Second St. SE, Yelm, WA 98597

Inadequate cash flow closes more businesses than lack of profit. A small business can be making a profit each year and still not have enough cash flow to make ends meet (payroll and overhead) each month and the first 5 years are your most vulnerable. In this 2 hour workshop we will work on an actual cash flow projection for the next year (so bring your pencil and paper/laptop), and give you all the tools to understand cash flow and how to protect your profit, manage for growth and slow periods, know when you should hire, fire, and/or hold your position. If you have been meaning to learn more about your finances, or if you are stressed every month over money, this workshop is for you! The workshop is taught by Tawn Holstra Auston, Rural Business Coach for the Washington Center for Women in Business Rural Services Program. The workshop is free to attend, register at www.wcwb.org/calendar.

How to Start a Business: A Step by Step Road Map to Start Your Successful Small Business!

October 2, 6-8pm, Yelm City Hall Council Chambers, 106 Second St. SE, Yelm, WA 98597

If you have a small business and are in your first year, or if you want to start a business, you can come and have all your questions answered, address your concerns/problems/sticking points, and start to strategize for the next 12 months. You can be making money in your business within a few months and design a road map for your success! A year from now, you will wish you started today. The workshop is taught by Tawn Holstra Auston, Rural Business Coach for the Washington Center for Women in Business Rural Services Program. The workshop is free to attend, register at www.wcwb.org/calendar.