SBA Seattle District Office Teams Up With North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council to Elevate Rural Businesses

Release Date: 
Monday, June 24, 2019
Advisory Date: 
Monday, June 24, 2019
Advisory Number: 
2019-06-24
Contact: 
Lisa White | lisa.white@sba.gov (206) 553-7050

WHAT:                 Signing of Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office and the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council (NODC) will sign a formal two-year SAM at the John Wayne Marina in Sequim. The SAM will allow both organizations to cross promote and collaborate on business training and services which will better connect and empower the small business ecosystem on the Olympic Peninsula.

WHEN:                 Thursday, June 27 | 1:30 p.m. – SAM signing & interview opportunity

WHERE:              2577 W. Sequim Bay Rd., Sequim, WA 98382

WHO:                   Opportunities to interview:
- Kerrie Hurd, SBA Seattle District Director
- Karen Affeld, NODC Executive Director

WHY:   The SBA and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted Rural Strong small business training and networking events in Sequim in March 2019 as part of the Rural Strong Initiative. The SBA is following up by strengthening ties with local economic support organizations to unify and promote small business support efforts within the Olympic Peninsula region.  

“When rural small businesses thrive, their communities prosper. By combining resources with local economic organizations like the NODC, we empower entrepreneurs across the Peninsula to succeed at every stage of the business lifecycle,” Hurd said. “When we work together to elevate rural communities, we all win.”

                              "The North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council (NODC) sees entrepreneurship and small business development as key to a thriving regional economy,” said Affeld. “This partnership between the SBA and the NODC will help to ensure that local businesses are able to take advantage of everything the SBA has to offer to support their businesses."

VISUALS:            Photo/video opportunities of signing event in front of the NODC monthly meeting

SOCIAL:               @SBASeattle, #RuralStrong

RSVP:                  Lisa White – lisa.white@sba.gov or 206-553-7050

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov. The SBA Seattle District Office serves Washington and northern Idaho with office locations in Seattle and Spokane.

About the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council

The North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council empowers the North Olympic Peninsula to invest in and pursue its own economic and environmental strategies. As the Economic Development District for Jefferson and Clallam Counties, the NODC is a collaborative, innovative effort among member governments, educational & community organizations to advance economic, environmental & quality of life initiatives in the region. The NODC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

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