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Enterprise Challenge Contestants Gear Up for Trade Show

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…

The 2019 Enterprise Challenge Is Underway! 21 Local Start-Ups Begin Competition.

Thanks to the generous support from our sponsors, this year’s Enterprise Challenge business plan contest attracted 21 entrepreneurs competing for $17,500 to jump-start their business. These start-up ventures include companies from a variety of services and industries ranging from a cidery, custom woodworking, food delivery service, cafes, manufacturers, and even Lucha Libre professional wrestling!  Contestants…

The most sought after job-skills in the Yakima Valley

At the bottom of almost every job posting you will find a list of skills that the business wants its employees to have. These skills vary from job to job but generally include things like; ability to work in a team, experience with Microsoft Office, communication skills, to ability to lift 50 pounds. Basically, any…

Paid Sick Leave and Family & Medical Leave Roundtable Draws Crowd

For the second time this year local business owners and human resource managers gathered to learn the latest updates on two new Washington State labor laws; Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family & Medical Leave. Roshelle Pavlin, Strategic Human Resources Consultant for BBSI, dove into the details of how these programs work and what businesses…

Local Investors and Developers Learn About the New Opportunity Zone Tax Incentive

The Yakima County Development Association brought together businesses, investors and developers to learn about the new Federal Opportunity Zone tax incentive. Tax incentive experts Luke Pope and Matt Drinen traveled to the Yakima Valley from the St. Louis CliftonLarsonAllen office to present at the workshop. They provided a detailed outline of how the Opportunity Zones…

Yakima SHRM Presents “Ban-the-Box Seminar

The Yakima Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will host a seminar on pre-employment background screening and legality from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 401 East Yakima Avenue in Yakima. Washington’s new “Ban-the-Box” bill was signed into law as The Fair…

New Residents Enjoy Fall Welcome Reception

On October 23, new residents to the Yakima Valley gathered at Single Hill Brewery in downtown Yakima to mingle with other newcomers and learn more about services and amenities available in the Yakima Valley. The reception, held twice a year as part of YCDA’s talent retention and workforce development initiatives, has become a well-received event…

YVC’s New Logistics Certification Program For Supply Chain Workers Will Develop Key Skills And Help Fill Available Jobs

Yakima Valley College is launching a new program to help your employee develop the skills they need to collaborate with others in a modern global economy to direct the flow of goods, manage inventory, and apply supply chain best practices. This certification exposes students to the skills needed for quality design, implementation, and process improvement…

YCDA’s “Choose Yakima Valley” Investment Campaign Gains Momentum As Investors Pledge Support

Updated 11/6/18 Yakima County Development Association’s Investment Campaign, Choose Yakima Valley, which officially kicked off in July, has been met with an overwhelming positive response from investors throughout Yakima Valley communities. Over its 30-year history, YCDA has served over 100 businesses annually, created 5,570 new jobs at 150+ businesses, and facilitated $490 million in investments…

Local Businesses Learn How They Can Increase Their Talent Pipeline Through An Apprentice Program

Over 45 attendees and 11 businesses converged on YV-Tech in Yakima in late August’s Roundtable. The event featured Employment Security Department’s Commissioner Suzi Levine, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC) Bri Durham, and L&I’s WA Apprenticeship’s Rachel McAloon. The panel provided information on apprenticeships and its future in Yakima and WA State as a pipeline to…