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Small Business Development Center

Kitsap County SBDC

 

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 www.whatcomtogether.org.

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.

Kitsap County SBDC

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 

Jaime Forsyth SBDC Business AdvisorSince 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..

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.

Contact Us

Address: 700 NE Lincoln Rd., Poulsbo WA, 98370
Email: kitsapSBDC@wwu.edu
Phone #: 360.447.8788

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