8 Reasons to Contact Western Washington University's SBDC


As the holidays quickly approach, most of us can admit to one pesky thought fighting to quash the spirit of the season: How am I going to recover my finances after the holidays?! 

For many employers, the holidays involve extra expenses in the form of employee bonuses, holiday office parties, or overtime pay. Or perhaps, like Scrooge, your dreams feature the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come—but in the form of dismal year-end income statements, or unclicked, dusty business ads on... Read more

Seizing Moments that Matter

Hey Siri - Que the music...


Who's watching?
Tell me who's watching
Who's watching me?

I'm just an average man, with an average life
I work from nine to five; hey ..., I pay the price
All I want is to be left alone in my average home
But why do I always feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone, and

I always feel like somebody's watching me
And I have no privacy
Whoa, I always feel like somebody's watching me
Tell me is it just a dream?... Read more

The B-Word

I’m not the first to assert that “budget is not a bad word.” Although it’s commonplace to see budgeting in a negative light, a subset of the population recognizes how a budget can highlight priorities, serve as a communication tool, and provide structure in a chaotic world.

A budget doesn’t have to be restrictive, but rather, permission to spend! In setting aside a certain dollar amount by category, you are giving yourself the freedom to spend funds on certain activi... Read more

How to have (better) hard conversations...

You know how they say “kids say the darndest things?” I think adults experience this amongst each other, too; but often it has a more contentious reaction than funny. Whether a conversation with a friend or family member, a work discussion with a colleague or a staff meeting, we’ve probably all been in those conversations that catch us off guard. For such scenarios, it’s beneficial to practice facilitation skills.

This year, I have been blessed to partake in a series of facilitation trainings and events thr... Read more

If only I would have known...

Thinking back to my undergraduate degree, I am haunted by long nights of relentless number crunching and data analysis. As an Agricultural Economics major, my capstone project required me to do an in-depth Econometric analysis. Given my background and interest in the industry, I chose to do it on the United States Dairy Industry, with data from 1910-2010.

Whew! If only I would have known how difficult that project was going to be, I may have chosen to major in basket weaving or puppetry (yes, it actually... Read more