"The SBDC helps new and existing business grow their companies and create jobs, which results in building a sound local economy. As a local funder, we are pleased to help make these high-quality counseling services accessible to our entrepreneurs at no cost. A thriving local business community is key to Bellingham's ability to maintain our quality of life."
– Mayor Kelli Linville, City of Bellingham
What Clients Have to Say About the SBDC
"In these tough times, it is not a stretch to say that without the help of our SBDC advisor we wouldn't have survived the economic downturn."
– Shawn O'Donnell, Shawn O Donnell's American Grill & Irish Pub
"Since working with the SBDC, our company has experienced 18% sales growth. We are getting more out of employees due to better time management. The SBDC keeps us focused on reaching our goals."
– Munaf Khan, NVL Laboratories, Inc.
"I can't tell you how much I appreciated the SBDC's leadership, coaching, and support this past year. You are an AMAZING resource and mentor."
– Christine Frishholz, The Cicerone Group
"The SBDC has delivered significant insight into the local and county agencies assisting small businesses with available programs in [our] county. Their people, experience and expertise have been an extremely valuable resource in the growth of ReNú Medical."
– Randy Long, ReNu Medical, Inc.
"What a great meeting! Ted, Paul and I were excited about the expert advice the SBDC has to offer a business. We walked into the meeting for advice of getting a loan, but walked out with a wealth of information and advice. Thank you for your time and energy."
– Loke Parker, Telstar Services
"I've consulted with two SBDC advisors on marketing, borrowing from banks, locating new stores and human resource issues for my business, Soggy Dog. They saved me time and improved the decisions that we've made over the past five years."
– David Goretski, The Soggy Dog
"The SBDC's expertise and wonderfully positive attitudes have truly helped me build my company. Also the business book club has provided me with invaluable insight and a business social network that has also helped me."
– Paul Shepardson, Zippy Services, LLC
"It all started with the SBDC pointing us in the right direction. When the business was just getting started, they were able to give us an accurate picture of where we stood and what we needed to do next."
– Bob and Lauren Bullock, Haystack Needle Winery
"The SBDC is a fountain of good ideas and practical solutions. I always walk out of our meetings energized with a list of things to do, and I think, Great, I know where I'm headed."
– Molly Trimble, publisher of Retailing Insight and owner of Continuity Publishing
"I came in expecting a bunch of numbers. What I got was someone who was genuinely interested in our business."
– Vicky Savage, The North Fork Brewery
"The 1:1 time I had was very, very helpful in setting me straight and I am truly grateful. Finally, the research that was done for us was invaluable and really helped us understand the industry so much better!!!"
– Daphne Taylor, Creative Image Photography
"The opportunity with the SBDC kept us focused and provided the business knowledge and understanding to keep our business running well, which has freed us up to do what we love doing best …Patient Care!"
– Misty Gargan, DC, Summit Family Chiropractic, PLLC
"The SBDC is resourceful and generous with their ideas. It's their enthusiasm and belief in my business that is so encouraging!"
– Karissa Bresheare, Gourmet Latte, Inc.
"I know that a large part of where we are today and what we have been able to accomplish has been thanks to the help and advice of the great people working at the SBDC. Not only has K&K been successful, but that has also trickled down to our employees, their families and the community."
– Sandy Keathley, K&K Industries