Recruitment and Business Retention & Expansion efforts have been a strong focus this last month for the EDC. There are several opportunities in the works for expansion of businesses. The common theme among businesses is the need for skilled workers as the labor market tightens. We are excited as we continue our partner with Moonshot to host upcoming Business Bootcamps, an entrepreneurship opportunity. Great opportunities lie ahead for Lewis County entrepreneurs.

SMART TANK

Our Smart Tank 2019 event was a big success. We had the opportunity to host a number of entrepreneurs during this year’s program. We assisted a variety of startups including a software development company, a web-design startup, and industry training and consulting business. Our programs to assist startups will continue throughout 2019. During the balance of the year we will be hosting workshop and networking events geared towards our entrepreneurs.

Paul Thomas, CEO In Residence from the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (NACET), will spend time one-on-one with each potential candidate discussing start-ups, scaleable business, structuring and restructuring, sales and marketing and all aspects of operations.

IMPACT WASHINGTON

The Lewis EDC is proud to have the opportunity to highlight one of our partners in economic growth, Impact Washington. Making an impact in our states manufacturing businesses, Impact Washington focuses on Lean Training, Supply Chain Consulting, Strategy Consulting and Growth Strategy. Another Part of What they do is helping with workforce. Two of our local Manufacturing companies are currently working with Impact Washington on getting the necessary training that they need to grow in our community. To Learn more about Impact Washington and what they do visit. www.impactwashignton.org

BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION

Sierra Pacific Industries

Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) is a California-based company that has expanded into Washington in 2001 and is one of the largest producers of lumber in the country. Sierra Pacific Industries located in Lewis County in 2006 and has been a huge success in the community. With the help of 200 staff here in Lewis County and the latest technology in forestry, Sierra Pacific Industries is able to use more of each log and have less waste. With new technology they are able to have safer work environment for their employee’s. Also, with this comes more opportunity for higher paying, trained positions. According to Lisa Perry, Community Relations Manager, “SPI offers a myriad of job opportunities, with incredible options for training and advancement.” To learn more about Sierra Pacific Industries visit their website at www.spi-ind.com

DOWNTOWN BUSINESS ACADEMY

Writing for Marketing Education offered at May Downtown Business Academy

Come discover how to give your business a boost with many of your area business peers. Join the Chehalis Community Renaissance Team for the Downtown Business Academy on May 8 from noon – 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian’s Community Center.  This business and education series is open to all area small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The May session will focus on writing for advertising.  Have you wondered how to write about your business?  Amazon listings have you stuck?  In this workshop, you will learn how to write about your products and services clearly and concisely with professional writer, Sharon Ernst. The Downtown Business Academy is a monthly series.  Upcoming topics include small business advertising, bookkeeping and finance, safety and security, and retail storefront displays.  Be a part of this exciting new resource for small business.

The cost to attend is $20. Members of Lewis County EDC can receive $10 off registration using promo code EDC050819.  Lunch is provided and sponsored by TwinStar Credit Union.  Email annalee@experiencechehalis.com or call 360-345-1738 with questions.  Go to www.experiencechehalis.com/dba and sign up today!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Lewis EDC General Membership luncheon will be held June 20th, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Express in Chehalis. If you would like more information please call or email marrianne@lewisedc.com