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Geeky But Useful Demographic Data

By pgriffin@edcislandcounty.org | August 8, 2022 | Comments Off on Geeky But Useful Demographic Data

Great post from guest blogger Tim Trimbath! Whidbey is changing, and always has been. Data can be dull, but it can be surprising how many times people talk about how many people are on the island, a few facts about who is here, and how expensive housing is. Thanks to the Economic Development Council for…

Leadership Whidbey Now Accepting Applications

By pgriffin@edcislandcounty.org | August 1, 2022 | Comments Off on Leadership Whidbey Now Accepting Applications

Skagit Valley College, the Economic Development Council for Island County, Sno-Isle Libraries, The Whidbey Institute, and community partners are proud to announce that applications are now being accepted for the third annual Leadership Whidbey program. The program will take place from October 28, 2021 through May 19, 2023. Skagit Valley College, the Economic Development Council…

Take your business to the next level! Join the ScaleUp Program

By pgriffin@edcislandcounty.org | July 29, 2022 | Comments Off on Take your business to the next level! Join the ScaleUp Program

Island County businesses are invited to participate in this great advanced business training series, at no cost! Starts August 24, 2022 Register: https://scaleupwashington.org/ ScaleUp is training for companies that have moved BEYOND startup and launch. It is about building capacity, increasing profitability, and automating business systems. The program will show you how to position your business for…

Working Washington Grants: Round 5

By pgriffin@edcislandcounty.org | July 26, 2022 | Comments Off on Working Washington Grants: Round 5

The Department of Commerce partnered with ArtsWA on a new funding opportunity to support businesses struggling from the impact of COVID-19. The Working Washington Grants: Round 5 program gives pandemic relief funding to small businesses and non-profits. In this round of grants, portions of the available funds are set aside for specific targeted groups or…

Application Portal for $3.5 million in Grants to Washington Community Festivals and Events

By pgriffin@edcislandcounty.org | June 8, 2022 | Comments Off on Application Portal for $3.5 million in Grants to Washington Community Festivals and Events

The Washington Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Washington Festivals and Events Association (WFEA) and ArtsWA, announced a $3.5 million grant program to help established, small-community festivals and events.   The application portal for the grants opened today, June 8 at CommerceGrants.com.  The application window closes July 1 at 5 p.m.   This program…

Membership Annual Meeting – Save the Date!!!

By pgriffin@edcislandcounty.org | May 19, 2022 | Comments Off on Membership Annual Meeting – Save the Date!!!

Please mark your calendars for our Annual Membership Meeting, in person! Members of the Economic Development Council, as well as those who are not members but would like to learn more about the EDC, are invited to attend. After two years of holding our annual meetings virtually, we are thrilled to hold our 2022 meeting…

Military Spouse Entrepreneurship Program – Whidbey Island

By pgriffin@edcislandcounty.org | April 1, 2022 | Comments Off on Military Spouse Entrepreneurship Program – Whidbey Island

Demystifying entrepreneurship for military spouses wanting to start or grow a business ASPIRE – Whidbey Island – is a free 4-week program starting April 7 that introduces the topics of entrepreneurship within a virtual class setting. During this program, students will have the opportunity to explore, develop and expand business ideas while learning about business…

Export Assistance Webinar – February 9

By pgriffin@edcislandcounty.org | February 5, 2022 | Comments Off on Export Assistance Webinar – February 9

Do you think you’re ready to start exporting your products outside the U.S. to international markets? Do you wish you could simplify the export process when identifying countries and potential business partners?  Insufficient research can result in faulty decisions and wasted time. Instead, you can use research to confidently grow your international business. Rural America’s…

Island Transit Maximized – Take the Survey

By pgriffin@edcislandcounty.org | January 24, 2022 | Comments Off on Island Transit Maximized – Take the Survey

Island Transit Maximized is a new initiative that has evaluated all aspects of our current public transit system and identified where improvements can be made to create more accessible, convenient, safe, friendly, and sustainable bus services. This provides all our community members greater access to jobs, education, shopping, residential areas, medical facilities, and other opportunities…

Happy Holidays from the EDC

By pgriffin@edcislandcounty.org | December 13, 2021 | Comments Off on Happy Holidays from the EDC

This holiday season ushers in a new year, and with it a chance for reflection, growth, new beginnings and connections.  Thank you for your commitment to our organization and your engagement in our community.  We look forward to you joining us again in 2022 as we further support and promote economic vitality on Whidbey and…

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