March 30, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Enterprise Challenge business plan contest winners! Taking the top prize of $10,000 was Instar Naturals, LLC, a technology company combining nature and science to increase yield and honeybee activity in pollinated crops worldwide. Chris Nobbs of Instar Naturals, LLC said, “Instar Naturals is now prepared to do business after participating in…

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March 20, 2018

If you need more money to grow or start a small business, Be sure and attend this free event hosted by the SBA and the Washington Small Business Development Centers and learn how to improve your pitch! Small Business Pitch Practice When: Thursday, March 22 from 1-2:30 pm Where: Yakima Valley Chamber of Commerce For…

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February 24, 2018

The Yakima County Development Association and Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce announced today that eight emerging businesses are advancing to the final round of the Enterprise Challenge business plan contest.  These entrepreneurs were selected by a group of 28 judges that met with and evaluated business plan contestants at the Enterprise Trade Show on February…

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February 21, 2018

Yakima, WA: West Valley School District and Yakima County Development Association are seeking new manufacturing companies to participate in the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC) Youth Apprenticeship Program for 2018. An invite-only business onboarding meeting will take place on March 6, 2018 to discuss how local manufacturers can select their apprentice, understand teen safety variances…

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February 21, 2018

Residual net migration, in a sense, is a measurement of the popularity and livability of an area. The elements of a community that make it “livable” include availability and type of jobs they offer; food and dining, recreation and leisure activities; housing affordability; public school systems; among others. These elements make a place desirable for…

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February 21, 2018

The Yakima County Development Association’s and Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce’s annual business plan competition, the Enterprise Challenge, is heating up! After completing extensive courses in business finance, marketing, technology and more, the contestants received individual coaching from community experts. Each then submitted a business pitch to judges who scored each enterprise and determined the…

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February 21, 2018

What began as a 315,000 square foot location with 150 employees over 30 years ago has now grown into a 788,000 square foot facility with close to 300 employees that is bursting at the seams. Ace Hardware opened the doors of its Distribution Center off of River Road in Yakima in January 1984. Only six…

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February 6, 2018

Youth Apprenticeships allow employers to save money on wages, develop a committed workforce, and customize their training needs. Apprentices have historically boosted a company’s productivity and retention rates through building a pipeline of talent and generating a positive return-on-investment. Join us at West Valley High School on March 6 where you will learn about the…

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February 6, 2018

Now that our new Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Advisor Sarah Truglio has been in her position for a month we decided it was time to sit down with her and ask a few questions about how she’s adjusting and give everyone a chance to get to know her better. What exactly do you…

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January 25, 2018

Yakima County Development Association promoted doing business in the Yakima Valley at the Northwest Food & Beverage World this January in Portland.   YCDA participated in the event as part of the Eastern Washington Economic Development Alliance, meeting with over a dozen local companies as well as making new company contacts with organizations that may…

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