Smart Business Growth Starts Here
With help from the SBDC you can make better decisions and achieve better business results. On average, small businesses in Washington that work with the SBDC generate 20% more revenue compared to other small businesses.
Partnering with You to Achieve Your Business Goals
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 or help you pivot in a new direction.
Becoming a client of your local SBDC means that you are now connected to the resources of an entire network of SBDC business experts throughout Washington, with your advisor able to bring in specialized expertise and resources if needed for your unique business opportunities and challenges.
Your Kitsap County Business Advisors
Jaime Forsyth, Certified Business Advisor, MBA
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 looks forward to helping you address your needs for growing or expanding your business..
Kevin Hoult, Certified Business Advisor, MBA
Kevin channels education and experience to help local businesses seize opportunities. Serving nearly 1,500 business clients over the past decade, Kevin helped over 100 new companies enter the market. After earning his MBA in 2001, Kevin gained business advisor certification in 2007 and opened new centers in King, Clallam and Kitsap Counties. Prior to his career as an adviser, Kevin achieved leadership roles in supply chain, professional services and software firms.
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?
SBDC business advising is provided free of charge to Kitsap County small business owners due to the generous funding support we receive from our partners which include the Small Business Administration, City of Poulsbo, Kitsap Credit Union, Kitsap Bank, First Federal, Kitsap Regional Library and our host institution, Western Washington University.
Does My Business Qualify for SBDC Services?
We follow the federal definitions for small business. So, if your company is a for-profit going concern that employs 500 or fewer people (and you are NOT involved in the marijuana industry - either directly or indirectly) our services are available to you.
Do You Work with Start-Ups?
Start-ups will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We can work with pre-revenue start-ups that have demonstrated clarity about their product lines and target market, have experience within the industry or a comparative business, and are actively engaged in securing capital funding - particularly if they are referred to us by a commercial lender.
What to Expect from the SBDC
The first meeting will be focused on getting to know you and your business, and talking through the reasons that brought you into the SBDC. Sometimes, one meeting is all you need at the time. For more complex needs, your advisor will develop a plan and set expectations for moving forward and for future meetings. We understand that every business is unique and we will tailor a plan to your specific needs. We are only successful if you are successful!
Make an Appointment
To get started, fill out our pre-client registration form and we will connect you with your local advisor. If you have a start-up that doesn’t fit our criteria, we will provide other resources that may be a better fit for your situation.
Address: 700 NE Lincoln Rd., Poulsbo WA, 98370
Phone #: 360.447.8788