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, the state’s startup and entrepreneur strategies are designed to strengthen communities through the cultivation and retention of economic and intellectual wealth at the local level. It has not only gained the support of local economic developers but is part of the governor’s long-term economic development initiative to create more quality jobs in rural and underserved communities throughout the state.

Our goal with is to re-energize these communities and businesses with an intense entrepreneurial spirit, whether they are large or small. Technology allows people to live and work where they want to these days and it is the state’s goal to provide the tools, resources, education, training and support 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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