Small Business Development Center

Growing A Business


Safer, Stronger, Together: Your health and safety is our priorityThe “Safer. Stronger. Together.” campaign supports our local businesses to reopen safely. The campaign brings businesses together to learn and problem-solve the best ways to follow public health guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Participating businesses have pledged to follow health and safety guidelines, so you know they are doing their part to keep you safe. You can find campaign materials, additional resources, and more information at

The “Safer. Stronger. Together.” campaign was produced through a partnership between the Whatcom County Health Department and the Port of Bellingham’s Regional Economic Partnership, in collaboration with Chambers of Commerce, Whatcom County Tourism, and Downtown Business Partnerships. It’s a part of the work of the COVID-19 Employer Support Task Force.

Growing A Business

Growth can be tricky...and dangerous. We like to help our clients grow smart.

If a small business has a problem with growth, it’s usually one of three issues:

1. The business isn’t growing fast enough

2. The growth is uncontrolled or unplanned

3. The growth isn't profitable

The SBDC has experienced advisors who can help small businesses create a strategy and action plan for smart growth that includes attention to each of the major areas of a small business: operations, finance, marketing, and the human resources that are needed to support the plan.

As part of the SBDC’s assistance, advisors will help a small business owner assess the business’s current situation and needs, create goals for the future direction of the business, and formulate plans for each area of the business to reach those goals. The plans will include strategies for acquiring the needed resources (human, physical, intellectual, and financial) to achieve success.