July 1, 2019

Sixteen local business owners graduated from the five-week comprehensive business training series in June.  Each of the training sessions dove deeper into the essentials of running and growing a successful business by continually setting goals, tracking accomplishments, and understanding their financials. Overall the graduates acknowledged the skills and confidence they have gained to understand their…

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July 1, 2019

At 45 feet tall, Henningsen Cold Storages new $35 million warehouse in Grandview is easily visible from I-82. The 4.4 million cubic foot facility is located just off of the Stover Road exit with easy freeway access to move product in and out. A group of thirty-six business and community leaders toured the facility as…

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May 1, 2019

SEATTLE, Wash.‑‑Fortuity Cellars of Wapato has been selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2019 Rising Startup Small Business of the Year for Washington state and Northern Idaho. The award will be presented at the annual SBA Region X Gala during National Small Business Week on May 8 in Seattle. Fortuity Cellars is family-owned…

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April 4, 2019

Yakima County Development Association recently participated in the Department of Commerce’s Best Practices meeting, Spring Session, in Olympia. Newly appointed Director of Washington State Department of Commerce, Dr. Lisa Brown, visited and welcomed the group. Additional Department of Commerce representatives were on hand to discuss everything from budgets and reporting to legislative updates and opportunity…

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March 28, 2019

The 2019 Enterprise Challenge Business Plan Competition officially ended just a few minutes ago with an awards ceremony luncheon to celebrate the three prize winning businesses. The winners recognized at today’s ceremony were: 1st Place Winner – $10,000 – Taqueria La Palapa –A fresh, authentic, great tasting Mexican street food restaurant in a clean, family…

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March 27, 2019

The Choose Yakima Valley 2019-2023 Capital Campaign Investors were recently recognized in the Yakima Herald-Republic. Click here for the full PDF version.

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March 7, 2019

Speaker, author, and consultant, Dr. David DeLong was the keynote speaker at Yakima County Development Association’s Annual Meeting Luncheon. Dr. DeLong shared practical tips and strategies that Yakima Valley businesses could implement immediately to improve employee retention, recruitment, and engagement. “As an employer always on the lookout for skilled talent here in the valley we struggle…

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February 22, 2019

The Yakima County Development Association and Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce announced today the six emerging businesses that are advancing to the final round of the Enterprise Challenge business plan contest.  These entrepreneurs were selected by a group of 24 judges that met with and evaluated business plan contestants at the Enterprise Trade Show on…

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February 12, 2019

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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January 8, 2019

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…

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