November 2023
Newsletter – Issue 73

As a non-profit organization, NWBDA is able to provide grants on an annual basis to other organizations or programs who provide economic or community development in the areas that NWBDA serves. This year, NWBDA was able to give away a grand total of $100,000 to organizations devoted to making an impact.

Auto Repair Transformation – Seattle, WA

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Mission Statement: The mission of Auto Repair Transformation is to close the equity gap in the automotive repair industry by removing barriers to access, inspiring marginalized people to enter and thrive in the industry, and advocating for inclusive and equitable environments. The organization primarily serves and addresses the needs of BIPOC, Women, LGBTQIA+, and low-income communities.

About Auto Repair Transformation’s Apprenticeship Program: Auto Repair Transformation (ART)’s apprenticeship program exists to expand access to the automotive repair trade for women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and low-income communities. The program provides apprenticeship training that builds a pathway that can lead to a stable, well compensated profession. This paid apprenticeship enables folks to enter the automotive workforce and start earning an income without the stress of debt from a 4-year college degree. There is no fee for participants in the apprenticeship training. Enrollment in the apprenticeship program prioritizes BIPOC, Women, LGBTQIA+, and low-income people. Specifically, ART provides workforce development among the following targeted populations, who will benefit from the services provided using the grant funds: women; minorities (as defined by SBA), including LGBTQ+ and transgender communities; & youth ages 18-24.

Grant Funds: ART will leverage funds from NWBDA to help build capacity for the apprenticeship program. Specifically, they will arrange their model for instruction to serve an increasing number of participants each year as their programs grow, build out their evaluation and assessment tools to track the progress and outcomes, and create the infrastructure needed to support and grow the apprenticeship program.

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Auto Repair Transformation:

​NWBDA is so thankful to be able to give back to our community and help the world around us. We are incredibly grateful to our lenders and borrowers; thanks to their continued patronage, we are able to support others.

NWBDA is delighted to support these unique organizations who are striving to change their communities and make a better place for everyone. We encourage everyone to visit these amazing places and make your own impact.

“Small things done with great love will change the world.”

— Mother Teresa —

Western Washington

Elizabeth Rusnak
(425) 286-6673

Central Washington

Lisa Vincent
(509) 469-5040

Evan Heriot
(541) 228-5015

Western Washington

Mark Beppler
(425) 505-3263

Southwestern Washington/
North Oregon
Jim Bright
(360) 521-5704

October’s Loan Fundings

NWBDA funded 4 new
projects for the total amount
of $17,450,789

October’s Loan Approvals

NWBDA approved 3 new
projects for the total amount
of $9,870,450

In the month of October,
NWBDA helped
create 56 new jobs
in the local communities
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(800) 540-1748 (Toll Free)

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