Focusing on organic job growth in communities statewide.

It’s a hard lesson some communities must learn along the way. A big company leaves, and with it jobs. Hopes of a new employer coming to town are dashed by intense competition and deep pockets. In need of work, people move away, and when they do, the very soul of the community withers and wastes away.

But there is a way to retain that intellectual wealth and economic vitality. By focusing on entrepreneurship and small business growth, communities can flourish organically, creating jobs, filling empty storefronts and keeping future generations engaged and in residence.

Spearheaded by the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Business Services Division, the state’s new Startup 365 Washington program is designed to keep economic and intellectual wealth in communities throughout Washington. It has not only gained the support of local economic developers, but is part of Governor Inslee’s long-term economic development efforts to create more quality jobs statewide.

Our goal with Startup 365 Washington is to re-energize these communities and businesses with the entrepreneurial spirit, whether they are large or small. Technology allows people to live and work where they want to these days and it is Startup 365’s goal to  provide the tools, resources, education and training needed to start, grow and expand a business anywhere in the state. Entrepreneurship is not just about education; it’s about successful adulthood.

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Which comes first…?

When I first entered into this sometimes inscrutable profession of helping communities help themselves, the name of the organization I joined was the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. But community developers and economic developers were... read more

Eat local. Shop local. Fund local.

The presidential campaign is upon us and for the next 17 months our mailboxes, our computers and our television screens  will be crammed with  requests  from candidates and supporters making promises and asking for money.  One presidential hopeful recently said that... read more


book-toxicbusiness1This is mentoring-style literature and our culture needs more of it.  As such, it is a witty first person narrative with drama, failure and success told bluntly as if from across a table in a cafe.  Any smart person working on a start-up has a long list of things that need to be done but are usually lacking a list of what not to do.  Nobody knows what not to do unless they either unfortunately do it, which can be damaging and expensive, or first ask somebody trustworthy who has been there what he or she thinks about it.  Here is a book that tells you what not to do.  Who can tell us what not to do?  

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Jonathan Smith

jonathan-smith1Few rural counties in Washington State have seen such a dramatic positive change in their economy over a short period of time than Grant County.  Much of this is due to the leadership of Jonathan Smith CEcD, Executor Director of the Grant County Economic Development Council and his remarkable team of practitioners.  Since joining the EDC in 2005, Jonathan has assisted seven companies in relocating to Grant County. These companies have spent over $450 million in construction of new facilities and have created 280 full time jobs that pay approximately $14 million in annual wages and salaries.

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