Scholarships up for grabs for small business owners in Blaine

Published on Wed, Sep 11, 2013
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The city of Blaine and Western Washington University’s (WWU) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are offering five scholarships to local Blaine businesses for “Launch and Build Your Business,” a course dedicated to helping local residents start a new business or grow their existing business.

The class is being held through Whatcom Community College’s Community and Continuing Education program and will feature self-paced online content and bi-weekly live workshops facilitated by Jennifer Shelton, director of the SBDC at WWU and Heather McKendry, program manager of the Northwest Innovation Resource Center. 

Classes begin Tuesday, September 24 and last through Tuesday, December 3. 

The program is intended for those who would like to learn the basics of running a small business. Content will include the fundamentals of successfully managing a business and the development of a complete and effective business plan. 

Enrollment in the course includes three textbooks, access to Palo Alto Software’s “Start, Run & Grow Your Business” curriculum online, a six-month subscription to Business Plan Pro’s LivePlan program to create a business plan, and six in-person class sessions.

To be eligible for a scholarship, businesses must be based in Blaine or must plan to open in Blaine. Businesses must be full-time operations and not a hobby business. 

Businesses can apply by filling out and returning the scholarship application form, available from WWU’s Small Business Development Center.

Western Washington University’s SBDC is part of the most comprehensive small-business alliance in the U.S., with more than 1,000 active SBDC programs across the country. 

WWU’s SBDC receives support from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Whatcom County, the Port of Bellingham and the city of Bellingham. Since 1983, the SBDC has worked with the business community to help shape the economic future of Whatcom County by providing free confidential advising, technical assistance and research to business owners and managers in an effort to help businesses thrive.

Scholarship applications can be obtained through WWU’s Small Business Development Center, located at 115 Unity Street. Ste. 101, Bellingham, via phone at 360/778-1762, or through email at