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Testimonials

These Testimonials are from Client businesses being assisted by the WSBDC Export Readiness Centers

To learn more about how the Export Readiness Centers helped these companies start or grow their exports contact your local international Trade Specialist.

The quality and dedication of the people I work with at the SBDC Export Readiness Center can't be replicated anywhere else.  The value of their guidance is something that gives a small business a chance to not just compete, but grow internationally in a manner that can compete with large multinational corporations.  Keep up the good work...we need you!     Jacob Andersen Altmerge, LLC

The SBDC provides a wealth of valuable services which allow small companies to remain competitive in the global economy.  Rocco Luongo at Green Focus Inc.

The support and service of the SBDC has clearly been the best. Team members have helped to provide the access and insights that have helped to open new markets.  Matt Hawkins, Znglsh

We look forward to working with SBDC in the near future for guidance when our company starts exporting our dry products.  Bio Gro, Inc.

Great mentoring abilities, very helpful with planning, goal setting, and research
— Alpha Sales Technologies, LLC, Spokane Center
The quality and dedication of the people I work with at the SBDC Export Readiness Center can't be replicated anywhere else. The value of their guidance is something that gives a small business a chance to not just compete, but grow internationally in a manner that can compete with large multinational corporations. Keep up the good work...we need you!
— Altmerge LLC, Spokane Center
We look forward to working with SBDC in the near future for guidance when out company starts exporting our dry products.
— Bio Gro, Inc., Spokane Center

The SBDC, Export Center, is so vital to the success of any small business. I am so appreciative of all the hard work you, Kat and Vern have done.  Again, Thank you so much.  I look forward to our future meetings.

— BrightCyberAssist, Spokane Center

His reflectiveness on our goals is insightful and we are tremendously grateful for his knowledge, experience and perspective.  Great job SBDC.

— Byron, Seattle Center
WSBDC is a great but underutilized service. The people rendering with this service have practical and recent experience in many areas related to export and international commerce. The information and assistance tend to be somewhat general in nature, but can also address specific questions and needs, if the recipients spend some time and effort to claeraly address their needs and requirements.
— Catalyst Energy Technologies, Seattle Center
SBDC is in an unique position to make a difference in successfully exporting for the small company with a minimum of three years in business and sales already at a minimum of $600,000 per annum.
— Chemcheck Instruments, Inc., Spokane Center
A great resource for any small business looking to export or find new markets.
— Empire Laboratory Automation Systems, LLC, Spokane Center

Oh, my gosh! Thank you for a wonderful meeting and for all your valuable insights and advice. I want you to be my designated counselor, please! I appreciate you very, very much.

— Ford Language Institute, Spokane Center
A start up distillery could not ask for more attention and direction than we received
— Glass Distillery, Seattle Center
The SBDC provides a wealth of valuable services which allow small companies to remain competitive in the global economy.
— Green Focus Inc., Spokane Center

Even when not actively using the assistance of the Export Center, it is beneficial to know it is and will be available when the necessity arises.

— Guerallia Pole, Spokane Center

This is fantastic information. Thanks for sending it. Frankly, it is (the) most detailed information I’ve seen relating to imports and exports.

— HyproTek, Inc., Spokane Center
During these challenging times of being a small business, SBDC is dynamic in thinking outside of the box and during these times you need to do that!
— Indian Eyes, LLC, Spokane Center

In the last three years of trying to develop a business near Spokane,
I have received various assistance from the SBDC, SIRTI, and PTAC.
However, it wasn't until I contacted the ERC last July that things
came together. Vern Jenkins, International Trade Specialist, has been
a fantastic coach. In each session, he has given me precision advice
in many areas, and encouraged me forward with clearly defined homework
assignments, which stretched me. This month I acquired my first
contract and am now finally able to pursue my business objectives.

My hope is that others may likewise benefit from this innovative
program. I don't know where my business would be without it.

— KioMio, LLC, Spokane Center

I have been working with Stan Lance since the 14th of December 2011 and his advice and coaching ability was very important to our business. Through his advice we have improved the way we organize our business plan, approach investors and financial institutes. The banks have been difficult in assisting us but through Stan contribution we have seen interest from different investors. 

I thank you and your organization for making available people like Stan to small businesses that needs their experience very much.

— La Comdie des Parfums, Seattle Center
Very helpful and easy to work with. The SBDA staff was genuinely interested in looking for ways that their programs could help us.
— Manhasset Specialty Company, Spokane Center
I run a small marketing firm in Clark County. As a result of this training through the International Trade Alliance and Small Business Development Council, I'm prepared to help a client PREPARE to take their product to international markets. It's a lengthy process and without the four day intensive, I would have been buried alive by the unknowns. 
What I learned:

How to protect your idea - time and dollars to do that and the waiting period that follows.
Steps that cannot be mitigated in order to succeed and move forward
Pitfalls and traps - paperwork, logistics and partners in other countries - CYA
Areas of greatest opportunity
A WEALTH of knowledge and resources to aid in the formal process.

Without this training, my company's offerings were limited to local markets which is confining and financially limiting. Given the competitive environment of marketing firms, this has expanded my service to help my customers reach out to the 95% financial opportunity that abounds outside the United States. As my business grows, my tax impact becomes greater.... good for the state!

Thank you for going to bat for small business to help us grow.
— Marketing EQ, Seattle Center

The SBDC has been the most valuable resource to date we have been involved in helping us attack a many billion dollar market. We believe they will help us get to our sales goal of $100,000,000 earlier than we could have attained on our own.

— MIP Solutions, Inc., Spokane Center
While our company has not begun to export, the advice we have received from SBDC consultants has been excellent. Input and guidance from the SBDC consultants has been invaluable! Input from SBDC has led to key contacts with a founder of Starbucks and the Director of the Thai Coffee Association.
— Parkay Noowong Trading Company, LLC, Spokane Center
SBDC and Vern Jenkins helped us develope a plan to promote Washington Made Products to Asia and we were awarded a grant/voucher to help with our expenses. We look foward to continuing our product sales to Asia.
— Planet Turf, Spokane Center
Without the assistance of the SBDC's Export Readiness Center, our company would have never been able to prepare in time for being recently specified on Disney's Shanghai Theme Park!
— Randl Industries, Inc., Spokane Center

The services the Export Center offered have been of great value in developing an export initiative within our company.  Without their assistance we may not have moved forward with an export plan.

— RANDL Industries, Spokane Center
SBDC has been instrumental and a wealth of information sharing knowledge and experience to help my new business develop our exporting program. It's a great feeling knowing this service is there for me.
— RockiNoggins, LLC, Seattle Center
The SBDC has been instrumental in exploring new options for my company.
— TDJ, Inc., Spokane Center
The SBDC ERC has really made exporting a reality instead of a dream. The whole process would be pretty scary and overwhelming if not for the counseling, guidance and experience of the SBDC team.
— The Bogert Group, Spokane Center

WSBDC is the voice of US pro-exporting action.

— USAPro, Spokane Center

The services provided by the WSBDC to Whirlwind Concepts, Inc. to date can be summarized in one word: Outstanding.  The WSBDC team has intimate knowledge and has done extremely thorough research on our behalf.

— Whirlwind Concepts, Inc., Spokane Center

Personal and Professional attention from industry leading experts in Export Industry.

— WISER Company, Seattle Center

We’ve worked with other export assistance programs, but the SBDC program has been much more helpful. “Kat and the people there are much more effective,” he said. “She really digs in. She’s a doer. I’m really impressed with her. We’re really grateful for what she’s done.”

— Yaax International, Spokane Center
The Washington SBDC network was able to identify support services in Bellingham that put us in touch with the actual private sector support services that were needed in Seattle and salvaged several business relationships that had been developed over the course or almost eight years.  Without their help, it is probable that our current growth efforts would have been set back by several years, at the least.
— Zero Waste Challenge, LLC, Seattle Center
The support and service of the SBDC has clearly been the best. Team members have helped to provide the access and insights that have helped to open new markets.
— Znglsh, Spokane Center