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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December 27, 2018

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…

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December 6, 2018

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…

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December 5, 2018

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…

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