Western’s small business center helps hundreds in 2015

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center has announced its Whatcom County economic-impact figures for 2015.

Among the highlights from last year’s efforts by SBDC staff:

• The center’s three certified business advisors counseled 317 clients, including clients seen through its eight satellite offices throughout the county. Staff provided 3,330 hours of in-depth counseling and research — approximately 10 hours per client.

• The center assisted local businesses in saving or creating 121 jobs. Active clients have a total of 3,068 local employees.

• The center helped clients in obtaining over $5.1 million in loans and new investments.

• Center clients represent more than $144 million in annual sales although only about 50 percent of clients disclose annual sales figures.

For more information, contact CJ Seitz, the center’s director, at 360-778-1762 or email CJ.Seitz@wwu.edu; or visit the website at this link.

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