Succession Planning for Small Business
All business owners need to devote time and energy to developing a succession plan for their business. With a succession plan, business owners can identify a person or entity who can continue the business if tragedy strikes or when they decide to retire or sell. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE workshop on the topic of Succession Planning for Small Business on Monday, May 15th from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on San Juan Island. Advance registration is required.
A small business succession strategy is a long-term process that can take months and sometimes years to implement successfully. Attendees will learn the strategies that will help them to plan for an effective transition of their businesses. Anyone who is planning to retire, sell a business, or are looking for ways to grow future leaders within their businesses should attend this free class.
Instructor Tony Salas is one of more than two dozen SBDC certified business advisors working in communities across Washington to help entrepreneurs and business owners who want to start, grow or transition a business. SBDC advising is provided at no cost to the client, is confidential and is tailored to the needs of each client.
Details: San Juan Island, Monday, May 15th from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library. Free workshop; advance registration is required. Please call 360-378-2906 to reserve your space, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This workshop is not sponsored by the San Juan Island Library.
The EDC thanks San Juan County government, our ports, Heritage Bank, Islanders Bank, the Department of Commerce, and Orcas Island Market for their support of this workshop.
8th Annual EDC Economic Outlook Luncheon
Join the conversation on Transforming the Islands’ Economy at the 8th Annual EDC Economic Forecast Luncheon, held at Brickworks in Friday Harbor on Wednesday, June 7th from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The EDC’s annual economics luncheon explores recent data on trends in the economy, and potential opportunities and threats that face our businesses.
This year’s speaker lineup is a blockbuster, including Brett Horvath, co-founder of Scout.ai and noted futurist. The presentations will explore our region’s economy – past, present and future – including industry, employment and sales data, plus a panel discussion on Transforming the Islands’ Economy.
Also included will be data presentations by economists Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman and James McCafferty and a panel discussion with Washington State ICT Sector Lead Dr. Joseph Williams; WA State Maritime Sector Lead Joshua Berger; Dave Wallace, Economic Analyst for the WA Workforce Training Board; Rick Hughes, San Juan County Councilmember; Duncan Wilson, Town of Friday Harbor Administrator; and Victoria Compton, EDC.
Wednesday, June 7th – 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor
Advance tickets required, $25, includes lunch ($1.03 fee per ticket added for online purchases). Deadline to purchase tickets: Monday, June 5th at noon. Or mail a check to the EDC for receipt by June 5th: PO Box 3053, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Buy your tickets now – the room fills fast!
Photography for Business
67% of consumers consider image quality “very important” when making a purchase online. To turn browsers into buyers, business owners must show potential customers their products in the best possible light, and help them to connect with products and services in a way that words – or mediocre photographs – cannot. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) and photographer Mark Gardner on March 29th from 9-11:30 a.m. on San Juan Island, to learn what kinds of photos will work for business purposes, ways to use photographs through media like websites and print, and the practical aspects of producing and outputting photos.
Noted photographer Mark Gardner is based in the San Juan Islands and has worked as a full-service provider of individual, family and business photography for over a decade. Gardner has published two books (including one with photographer Art Wolfe) and he teaches photography workshops locally. He also maintains a website of San Juan Islands stock images; more information may be found here: www.photographybymarkgardner.com.
Workshop topics will include: Planning photographs, getting needed photos, creating photos that sell (including lighting and composition), output, and using photos to sell products and services.
Details: San Juan Island, Wednesday, March 29th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the San Juan Island Library (this event not sponsored by the library). Cost: $25; reservations required. Questions? 360-378-2906, or email: email@example.com.
The EDC thanks San Juan County government, our ports, the Town of Friday Harbor, Heritage Bank, Islanders Bank, Island Market, and the Department of Commerce for their support of this workshop.
Vision Mapping Strategies workshop
How do successful business owners and entrepreneurs achieve goals and take their businesses and ideas to the next level? Learn how to create a strategic vision map to bring ideas and dreams into reality and get through periods of transition. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a workshop on the topic of Vision Mapping Strategies, on January 30th from 9-noon at the San Juan Island Library, cosponsored by San Juan Propane. Advance registration is required.
Business owners and entrepreneurs often wonder how they can leverage their ideas into success, and many ask themselves how they’ll even recognize that success when it’s been achieved. These queries have a common thread – how to create one’s desired concrete results from ideas and goalsetting. Participants will join instructor Sharon Hooper to learn how to create strategic vision maps, a deepening and enjoyable process to explore possibilities and discover how to create the perfect blueprint for the next steps of a journey.
Instructor Sharon Hooper has been a Professional Certified Coach since 1999. After working with the U.S. Department of Defense and directing one of the world’s largest Child Development Centers, Sharon and her husband Richard created an independent and award-winning record label, World Disc Productions, headquartered in Friday Harbor for several years.
Ms. Hooper has provided coaching services to Johnson & Johnson executives, Mikimoto Inc., California and New York educational departments and many other individuals and groups from entrepreneurs to fire captains. Presently, Sharon lives in Friday Harbor and works with Washington Vocational Services, which provides training and employment services for developmentally disabled adults in the islands.
Details: San Juan Island, Monday, January 30th from 9:00 a.m. till noon at the San Juan Island Library. Cost: $25 for materials and snacks; advance registration is required: www.sanjuansedc.org/vision. For more information, please call 360-378-2906, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This workshop is not sponsored by the San Juan Island Library.
The EDC thanks San Juan Propane, San Juan County government, our ports, the Town of Friday Harbor, Heritage Bank, Islanders Bank, Island Market, and the Department of Commerce for their support of this workshop.
Need more data and information to make knowledgeable decisions about your business or as a community legislator or leader? Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for their first-ever Datapalooza! event, two hours of in-depth data and analysis of our economy and demographics, plus lunch and conversation, on Friday, December 2nd, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Orcas Island.
This year’s program, sponsored in part by Island Market, will include presentations by noted speakers James McCafferty, director of WWU’s Center for Economic & Business Research, Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman, regional labor economist for the State of Washington, and Victoria Compton director of the San Juan County Economic Development Council. The presentations will explore our region’s economy and demographics – past, present and future – including industry, employment and sales data, and current trends. This in-depth analysis will enable leaders and businesspeople to make informed decisions about issues that affect our community and economy.
Details: Orcas Island, Friday, December 2nd, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church community room in Eastsound. Tickets are $19 and advance payment is required. Please visit www.sanjuansedc.org/datapalooza to reserve your space. For questions, please call (360) 378-2906 or email: email@example.com.
The EDC thanks Island Market for their support of this workshop and other EDC initiatives.
Entrepreneurs can bring their business ideas to the next level in the second annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, created by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and sponsored by local businesses.
Participants will receive instruction in business planning and marketing, plus follow-up mentoring—and some will win cash prizes to help launch their businesses.
Thousands of dollars in cash prizes will be awarded to contest winners this year. The greater goal, however, is to help every participating entrepreneur to advance their business.
Included in the program for all participants will be seminars on business planning, financing and marketing; opportunities to network and collaborate with other entrepreneurs; media coverage for contestants; professional advice from a team of experts, and feedback on business plans.
Launch San Juan Islands will start in October 2016 and run through early December 2016. The cost to participate is $85 (or $65 if registration received prior to September 19, 2016). Deadline to enter: September 25th, 2016. This fee covers direct costs for course materials and events. Please see http://www.sanjuansedc.org/launch for more information.
Boards In Gear Workshop on Lopez, San Juan Islands
The San Juan County Economic Development Council and the San Juan Island Community Foundation have partnered with Washington Nonprofits and the Washington Secretary of State to offer workshops on excellent board practices.
The workshops will be held on Lopez and San Juan Islands on Sept. 15 and Oct. 5. Advance registration and payment required. This interactive, hands-on workshop will cover board responsibilities, operations, development, fundraising and advocacy. It is based on the Boards in Gear resources developed in partnership with some of the state’s leading board experts. Participants will leave with concrete action steps, tools, and connections.
The workshop is designed for board members and the people who work with them, namely executive directors and program staff. It offers ideas for new board members and those who have served for a long time. It is appropriate for organizations of all sizes, whether they have staff or not.
The workshop will be presented by Virginia D. Lang, a veteran management consultant who has worked in the corporate sector and the nonprofit community as an advisor on all aspects of community affairs for almost 30 years. Lang has served as an expert coach, trainer, facilitator and consultant to an impressive array of nonprofit organizations, she is an accomplished speaker and teacher, and she leads business and nonprofit workshops at Whatcom Community College.
The cost is $10 for members of Washington Nonprofits, $15/nonmembers. Advance registration is required; brown bag lunch recommended (beverages will be served).
Lopez Island: Thursday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Lopez Center. Visit http://www.cvent.com/d/5vqjdq to register.
San Juan Island: Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Visit http://www.cvent.com/d/yvqjgd” to register.
FREE Sales Processes for Profitability workshop
Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for their upcoming FREE workshop, Sales Processes for Profitability on Tuesday, June 7th from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Orcas Island. Participants will learn to plan strategically in order to increase sales for their businesses.
Studies show that nearly 60% of companies lack a well-defined sales process – the step-by-step plan that business owners use to close deals and make sales. Good sales processes help customers arrive at informed final decisions about purchases, and help business owners to increase profits.
The event will be presented by Tony Salas of the Small Business Development Center of Mount Vernon, and a sales and management consultant for nearly 40 years.
As part of the class, Salas will cover how to understand buyers, how to assist prospective customers in making purchasing decisions, and how to design strategic sales processes. Additionally, Salas will discuss concrete steps to manage and implement the sales process and track key metrics, so that sales can be continuously optimized.
Details: Tuesday, June 7th from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Orcas Island Fire Station at 45 Lavender Lane in Eastsound. Advance registration is required; please call 360-378-2906 to reserve your space, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE Advanced Multitasking Workshop
Do more, work less, and be happy by learning how multitasking wisely can streamline your life and business during this FREE workshop taught by noted management consultant and author Mike Sanders.
You’ll learn how judicious multitasking can protect you from brain overload and help you to be happier doing what you love. Included will be free handouts, quick reference cards, and a drawing for books.
Space is limited – reserve your space now!
Details: Tuesday, May 17th, 1:00-2:30p FREE at the San Juan Library. Questions: 360-378-2906 or email@example.com
FREE Pricing Products & Services Workshop
The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Lopez Island, Tuesday, May 3rd from noon-2pm at the Lopez Island Fire Department meeting room. Advance registration is required.
The pricing products and services workshop course material will be presented by Tony Salas, of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, a management consultant for over a decade.
As part of the workshop, Salas will cover cover all aspects of setting prices and ensuring that businesses are profitable.
Participants will learn how service costs impact pricing, how to gauge what competitors are charging (and why), and understanding conversion rates and tiered pricing.
Details: Lopez Island, Tuesday, May 3rd from noon-2pm at the Lopez Island Fire Department meeting room.
Advance registration is required.
Call 360-378-2906 email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The EDC thanks Islanders Bank, Heritage Bank, San Juan County government, the Town of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Market, the Ports of Friday Harbor, Orcas, and Lopez for supporting our Business Education Series.