Small Business Development Center

Business Advising

Business Advising

Build a Successful Business With Help From Our SBDC Advisors

​What We Do

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 advice you can take away and apply to your own business.

But it doesn’t stop with just our three talented business advisors! 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.

Can we help you grow too? You bet we can. But don't just take our word for it...

Hear how we've helped some of your business neighbors by clicking the video link below.

Bryon Meade - Owner, Scratch and Peck Feeds


Who We Are

We are an eclectic mix of current and former entrepreneurs who share the same passion for business as our clients. Along the way we also just happened to have earned advanced degrees in business or management and have developed extensive practical experience that helps both emerging and growing businesses design strategies to make better business decisions.

We start by taking the time to get to know you and your business and your vision for success. We will also seek to understand the unique challenges or opportunities that your business is facing.

This approach is part of our long-term relationship with your business that is designed to help insure you have the knowledge, tools and processes you need to take your business wherever you want it to go.

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.

Ultimately, we’re grateful to serve our clients who allow us to help them along on this journey.

Areas Where We Can Help

  • 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?

There is no cost! Our consulting 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.