Western's biz advisers give entrepreneurs a boost

Mary Gallagher

Western’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which provides business advice and research services to entrepreneurs, helped save or create 121 Whatcom County jobs in 2015.

The SBDC’s three certified business advisers worked with 317 clients in 2015 and helped provide about 3,330 hours of in-depth counseling and research. Working with the SBDC, businesses secured more than $5.1 million in loans and new investments.

Western’s SBDC is one of more than 1,000 SBDC programs across the country and is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Whatcom County, the Port of Bellingham and the cities of Bellingham and Blaine.

Heating Green of Bellingham, which designs and distributes infrared heating panels, is one of the businesses helped by the SBDC. See their story at www.wwu.edu/sbdc.

A man standing next to an infrared heating panel
Jeff Caldwell is the owner of Heating Green, a Bellingham company that designs and distributes infrared heating panels and one of the hundreds of Whatcom County businesses helped by Western's SBDC.