Coastal BizWorks (Wahkiakum, Pacific, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Clallam Counties)
BE YOUR OWN BOSS
Take Control of Your Life, Money, and Career
Clallam, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Jefferson, and Wahkiakum Counties
REGISTER NOW: Intake
The following classes are available to Clallam, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Jefferson and Wahkiakum County residents only through special funding by the Washington State Community Development Block Grant Program with federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Step 1: Information Sessions
Upcoming Information Sessions (Virtual using Zoom):
Information Sessions can be conducted by phone. Just let us know if you would like to talk to someone.
TO REGISTER: Intake
Step 2: Business Readiness Workshops We have moved these to an online format. We want to be safe and still serve you. Stay tuned or call for more information.
- September 19/20, 9-5 PM
Step 3:Business Planning Program We have moved this to an online format. We want to be safe and still serve you. Stay tuned or call for more information.
- Virtual Format: Tuesday/Thursday evenings, 6-8:30 PM, from August 18th through September 24th. Make sure to sign up for a Business Readiness Workshop first so you are eligible for this!
Step 4: Apply for a Micro-Loan
Micro-loans between 1.000 and $25,000 are available to graduates of our programs who meet our low-to-moderate income criteria.
Frequently Asked Questions about our business classes:
Who is eligible for this program?
You must live in one of the following counties to participate in the program:
- Grays Harbor
We aim to primarily serve individuals with low to moderate income levels, however all income levels are eligible to participate in our trainings.
Who should take the business trainings?
The business trainings are valuable for anyone thinking about starting a business or anyone who has been in business but needs to sharpen their business skills in order to be more productive and profitable. These classes are interesting, interactive and packed with meaningful information.
What is presented in these training programs?
Enterprise for Equity provides information on how to market your business, strengthen your operations, manage your business finances, track your customers, grow your business over time, and so much more. Business coaching is a key component of the training and is offered to support the specific needs of owners and their businesses. These classes have been serving both start-up and existing businesses for over 15 years, supporting business owners in becoming more confident and strategic.
What kinds of businesses have been starting with this program?
Over the last several years, Enterprise for Equity has helped to launch several kinds of businesses, including web design, child care, art, manufacturing, home care, fishing, health products, farming, food processing, computer repair and many others. Learn more about some of these businesses here.
How long does the training last?
The classes meet for 4-5 hours in the evening, on a weekly basis for several weeks (generally between 10-12). The whole process takes approximately 2-3 months to complete. The homework in the class creates the foundation of the business plan.
What does it cost?
Thanks to the City of Montesano and special grant funding (Community Development Block Grant), these trainings are greatly discounted for people living in the 5 eligible counties. The Business Readiness Workshop is free, and the Business Planning Program has a fee of $150.00 per business.
How can I get a Micro-loan?
To be eligible for our Micro-loan, you must fall into the low-to-moderate income category and be a graduate of our programs. People who complete our business planning programs are eligible to apply for small microloans up to $25,000 for their small enterprise. Graduates of our program complete the microloan application and submit it for review.
How do I sign up for class?
Start by attending an Information Session (see schedule for dates/locations)! To RSVP for an Information Session, please call Beth at 360-704-3375 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who are the trainers?
Our business program trainers are experienced business owners, mentors, and group facilitators who are skilled in supporting individuals and their dreams of starting businesses. Our other training partners have expertise in special areas of interest like tax, legal and insurance considerations.
For any questions about how to file a grievance with regard to this program, please contact Doug Streeter with the City of Montesano:
Doug Streeter, CPA CFO/City Clerk City of Montesano