Whatcom's Impacts

Whatcom SBDC in the News

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Noteworthy Testimonials

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“Western’s mission to serve the needs of the state of Washington is at the forefront of the work we do every day. We strive to make a world-class education more accessible to all, to fuel innovation and to enable positive change in the lives of individuals, our economy and our communities. We are proud to host and support the efforts of the Whatcom County SBDC, a driving force in community economic development since 1983. The SBDC builds capacity in a diverse and inclusive way, enhances the resiliency of our existing businesses and protects the legacy of our historical businesses by stewarding orderly and rewarding successions. Through the SBDC’s efforts, $39 million in new capital investment has been secured, 900 jobs created or retained and 49 new businesses have opened in just the last five years.”

Sabah Randhawa
WWU President
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“As a former SBDC client, I am pleased that the City of Bellingham partners with
this invaluable community resource that offers expert advice, research and
collaboration opportunities to local businesses, allowing us to work together to
improve our local economy by increasing sustainable business growth and ensuring
that growth is inclusive.”

– Mayor of Bellingham Seth Fleetwood

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“The Small Business Development Center is an important tool in our Counties
Economic Development’s toolbox. The Port continues to be a proud sponsor and
partner with this organization. Entrepreneurs in our region can count on the
SBDC to provide them with the tools, services, and resources they need to reach
their goals.”

– Port Commissioner Ken Bell 

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“Whatcom County is proud to support the high-quality work and
success of the Small Business Development Center. Their innovative and resourceful guidance helps our local businesses grow and
succeed, which ultimately helps our community thrive. I’m pleased to support this important and valuable resource to our community.”

– Whatcom County Executive Satpal Singh Sidhu

Client Success Stories

These impacts made possible by our funders. The Small Business Development Center at Western Washington is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the City of Bellingham, the Port of Bellingham, Whatcom County and the City of Blaine.