Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center is part of the most comprehensive small-business alliance in the U.S., with more than 1,000 active SBDC programs across the country. Western Washington University’s SBDC receives support from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Whatcom County, the Port of Bellingham, and the City of Bellingham.
Since 1983, Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center has given back to the business community and helped to shape the economic future of Whatcom County by providing free, confidential advising, technical assistance, and research to business owners and managers in an effort to help businesses thrive.
The SBDC also hosted several events for businesses in 2014-15. They included:
- “Encore Entrepreneurs: Starting a Business at 50+” in collaboration with AARP.
- “India: The Future of the Market for American Firms,” with The Port of Bellingham, Western’s College of Business and Economics, and its Center for International Business.
- The "Let’s Get Certified" workshop sponsored by the Washington State Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE).
- “How to Engage Customers with Event-Based Marketing,” in collaboration with the Lynden Chamber of Commerce.
- National Small Business Week, with the Bellingham Chapter of SCORE.
- A free seminar, co-sponsored by the Port of Bellingham, on how the Department of Labor and Industries can help local businesses cut costs and avoid unexpected liability.
- “Build Your Business: A Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs,” a collaboration with Whatcom Community College and the NW Innovation Resource Center.
- A round table discussion focused on winning local, state, and federal contracts.