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.