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.

Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County –
Mount Vernon, WA

The Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) is thrilled to receive a grant from the Northwest Business Development Association (NWBDA), bolstering EDASC’s commitment to fostering economic growth and job creation in Skagit County, with a special focus on underserved communities.

The NWBDA grant supports EDASC’s programs aimed at empowering veterans, women, minorities, youth, individuals with disabilities, and those in underserved areas. These initiatives include entrepreneurial training and workforce development, all through the lens of equity, inclusion, and sustainability.

EDASC’s programming includes workforce development events with special outreach to Latinos, veterans and people with disabilities; leadership development through Leadership Skagit; and various workshops and conferences for all stages of business.

The NWBDA’s investment in EDASC’s vision underscores the shared mission of both organizations to drive economic development that is inclusive and equitable. This grant will enable EDASC to continue innovating and responding to the evolving needs of Skagit County’s economy, supporting entrepreneurs, and meeting workforce demands.

John Sternlicht, CEO of EDASC, expressed gratitude for the grant, stating, “This funding is a testament to the strength of our programs and the importance of our mission. We are dedicated to creating opportunities for all members of our community, and this grant will help us extend our reach even further.”


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​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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