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Small Business Development Center

Business Advising

Business Advising

Deeper Insights. Smarter Solutions. Better Success.

​Because Running a Small Business is No Small Challenge

As a business owner, you face complex challenges every day. You and your company resources may be stretched thin. Competition may be tough and new challenges await you at every turn.

Working with an SBDC advisor offers you the opportunity to focus on what is most important to achieve your personal and business goals. Your SBDC advisor will help guide you through the tough, strategic decisions that will drive your business forward.

Designed to Meet Your Unique Challenges

Challenge Solution
You feel alone, making all business decisions on your own. Get help from a trusted business advisor who has faced similar challenges.
You are wearing too many hats and feel burned out. Learn how to achieve work-life balance by putting better leadership and processes in place.
You feel stuck working in the business and can't quite seem to find the time to work on the business. Get guidance from seasoned professionals that will help you focus on making better strategic decisions.
You may need to secure additional resources to drive future growth. Whether it is access to capital or better hiring and employee retention strategies, we can help you find the resources you need to succeed.

The SBDC is a multi-faceted program dedicated to developing entrepreneurs, growing our local businesses and enhancing the vitality of our local economy. We have been helping transform businesses, and the lives of our clients, here in Whatcom County since 1983.

Our Certified Business Advisors work 1-on-1 with you to develop actionable, strategic and tactical plans you can take away and apply to your own business.

We also have a stellar network of 20+ other great minds in business, our SBDC colleagues throughout the state, who can help you discover what it takes to achieve your vision of success and overcome the challenges you may be facing.

In addition to our intensive 1-on-1 work, we also offer hands-on educational training opportunities for our WWU students where we pair student teams up with local businesses to help solve specific problems many entrepreneurs face.

In short, no matter what stage of the journey you are on, we’ll guide you to what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur and show you what’s possible for your business and your own personal development.

Hear how we've helped some of your business neighbors by clicking the video link below.
Bryon Meade - Owner, Scratch and Peck Feeds

What We Want For You

We want to help get you moving in the right direction and break free from the, often lonely, daily grind. We want to set you on the path towards building the business that you desire. In short, we want you to stop dreaming and start doing! There is no need to ask for permission – it’s your time to have success on your terms.

Our goal is to foster a relationship of authenticity, of drive, of limitless ambition and a thirst for education. And we want to connect you with the tools, resources and community that can help you along the way.

Our mission is to equip aspiring, novice and experienced entrepreneurs alike with the insight and solutions to create a successful business.

Areas Where We Can Help You and Your Business

  • Marketing & Sales
  • Social Media: Strategies and Tactics
  • Website Reviews
  • Strategic Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Financial Analysis
  • International Trade
  • Business Management
  • Commercial & SBA loans
  • Develop and update business plans
  • Conduct specialized market research geared to specific needs of the business-owner

What Will It Cost You? Nothing (except your time).

The SBDC business advising is provided free of charge to Whatcom County small business owners due to the generous funding support we receive from our partners which include the Small Business Administration, the City of Bellingham, the City of Blaine, the Port of Bellingham, Whatcom County and our host institution Western Washington University.

Sound Good to You? Let's Make an Appointment.

The SBDC is here to help you develop the business and work-life balance you've always wanted. To get started, fill out our client intake form and we will connect you with one of our four business advisors.