Walla Walla Small Business center alights at airport

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Walla Walla’s Small Business Development Center has made a landing at the Walla Walla Regional Airport terminal building.

The operation that offers free business advisory services as an economic development vehicle has made the jump from the Port of Walla Walla’s administrative office to the new space. The switch reportedly took place this week.

The relocation to the airport’s old gift shop location isn’t the only news coming from the operation. During the Port of Walla Walla’s Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday, Walla Walla’s SBDC Director Joe Jacobs was recognized as having completed his training as a certified business advisor. He also completed training to become a certified “NxLevel” instructor to work with entrepreneurs and help clients write their business plans.

Jacobs said he is receiving an average of two to three surface inquiries per day at his office. Year-to-date he has assisted 49 businesses and has 28 active clients. Of those, about 60 percent are new businesses, and the rest are existing businesses.

The program is designed to provide confidential advisory services to new existing businesses on an endless range of topics, from how to get started to how to grow services. Business advisors are trained to help guide business operators or to find resources where they can turn for help.

For more details on Walla Walla’s Small Business Development Center, call 527-4681 or email Jacobs at joe.jacobs@wsbdc.org .

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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