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Financing For Valuable Community Development Projects in Oak Harbor

By pgriffin@edcislandcounty.org | October 1, 2022 | Comments Off on Financing For Valuable Community Development Projects in Oak Harbor

Do you or someone you know, have a commercial real estate project in Oak Harbor that needs financing with better rates and terms with more flexibility than the market? ​The EDC is pleased to share this exciting opportunity brought to us by the Heritage Bank Community Development Entity (HBDE). The program provides loans to help…

EDC Now a Local Hub for L&I Resources

By pgriffin@edcislandcounty.org | September 28, 2022 | Comments Off on EDC Now a Local Hub for L&I Resources

The Economic Development Council for Island County (EDC) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), through their Small Business Outreach Contracts program. What does this partnership mean for our local businesses? In addition to the existing business support that the EDC provides, we will now serve…

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…

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