About the Kitsap SBDC
Western Washington University was honored to bring Small Business Development Center (SBDC) services back to the Kitsap Peninsula in 2019. Part of Western’s 'University of the Peninsulas' initiative, the Kitsap SBDC was a collaborative effort of WWU leadership, great community stakeholders and the Western Foundation.
Staffed by a Certified Business Advisor and supported by the WWU SBDC team and resources, the Kitsap SBDC serves businesses throughout the Kitsap Peninsula with one-on-one advising, training and research to help local businesses and entrepreneurs succeed.
Your Kitsap Team
It's a calling.
Each team member in your SBDC is chosen for their experience, commitment to small business success and dedication to life-long learning. After being selected for the role, each advisor must complete a mandatory, rigorous, six-month peer reviewed on-boarding process where the new advisor assesses their knowledge across 12 dimensions of business operations, works with mentors and senior advisors to learn our unique craft and prepares diligently to serve you our clients.
Jaime Forsyth, MBA - Certified Business Advisor
Since moving to Kitsap County in 2006, Jaime has channeled her MBA and experience into supporting small businesses, revitalizing her community, and making connections that matter in her robust and wide-ranging local network.
Her three decades of business experience includes such diverse experiences as international marketing for a tech firm, advising an entrepreneurial unit of the federal government in a major reorganization, evolving a small non-profit into a multi-million-dollar organization, and traveling to Paris with the WA State trade delegation to promote manufacturing in the West Sound area. Jaime enjoys hiking with her dog Pumpkin, supporting local businesses, traveling and investing amounts of time and money into her vintage home.
Our Kitsap Partners
America’s SBDC is a nationwide business advisory network, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. In Kitsap County, the SBDC is hosted by Western Washington University. Local funding is provided by Kitsap Bank, Kitsap Credit Union, First Federal, and the City of Poulsbo. The Kitsap SBDC is partially funded by and works collaboratively with the statewide Washington SBDC network.
Many of our client meeting spaces throughout Kitsap County are provided as in-kind contributions by the Kitsap Regional Library.