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SBDC setting up shop in Point Roberts

Published on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 by Meg Olson

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The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering free professional business advice for established businesses and entrepreneurs in Point Roberts this year.

“It’s a chance to meet with a business coach,” SBDC director Jennifer Shelton said. “They get an unbiased opinion and resources to help them further their business goals.”

One of 24 SBDCs across the state, Shelton said they are a cooperative effort of Washington State University, Western Washington University and the U.S. Small Business Administration, with funding support from the Port of Bellingham, Whatcom County and the city of Bellingham. The centers provide free assistance with financing, business plan development, recordkeeping, international trade planning, financial analysis, valuing a business, marketing and other business issues.
“Through 2012 the SBDC has four international trade experts available, and Point Roberts businesses can have access to these specialists,” Shelton said. Students at Western Washington University’s business school can also be a resource for research and analysis.

Shelton said by offering their services on the Point, they can make them accessible to more people. “Coming to the Point allows people who are considering starting a business to check it out without driving all the way into Bellingham,” she said.
The SBDC currently has 31 business clients from the Point, Shelton said. When they last offered their services in Point Roberts in 2007, two to three clients booked appointments each day they were here.

Current plans are to be in Point Roberts one Thursday a month and work out of an office donated by Sterling Savings Bank from March through October.

Businesses or individuals interested in accessing the service can contact Shelton at 360/778-1762 or by emailing her at jennifer.shelton@wwu.edu.


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