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Small Business Development Center Joins the EDC

Posted on Aug 02, 2012

Allen Peterson, Certified Business Advisor and Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), is now located with the Grant County EDC. Peterson provides small business start-up and existing business consulting at no charge and brings clients the support and expertise they need to move their business plans forward.

Previously located in the Advanced Technology & Education Center at Big Bend Community College, Peterson has been serving businesses in the area for over eight years. He has advised hundreds of local businesses and start-ups and has helped secure over $3 million in financing for those businesses.

Peterson is not new to working with the EDC. In the past he partnered with the EDC in the creation of the Career Development in Manufacturing Training Program, the Retail Taskforce, and hosting the Columbia Basin Business Forum. Jonathan Smith, EDC Executive Director, said that Peterson has worked with businesses in every community in Grant County.

Peterson’s work at the EDC will include small business advising and technical assistance, business development of local industry clusters including manufacturing, food processing and retail. He will also work with cities, chambers and port districts to assist them in the specific business development issues they face in their communities.

Small business start-up and existing business consulting services are now available at no charge through the Grant County EDC.