Small businesses looking to grow despite Covid should consider ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition.

This program is a partnership between WA Department of Commerce and Thurston Economic Development Council. It offers 2-hour online classes once a week. Sessions last for 8 weeks. Up to 100 small businesses can participate.

The training provided is valued at $1,599. But a grant from the US Economic Development Administration means that the program is free to businesses.

According to the Department of Commerce, the ideal candidate for the program is the president/owner of a WA business that has been in operation for at least two years. Additionally, the business should have had annual pre-COVID gross revenues in excess of $100,000.

The ScaleUp program will help businesses restart, rebuild, and pivot as needed. Topics included:

  • Creating efficient business systems,
  • Improving product/service alignment
  • Creating a stronger competitive advantage in the marketplace
  • Understanding financial statements and key business drivers
  • Increasing sales leads and improving the sales funnel.

Additionally, participants will have opportunities for private mentoring and coaching.

Classes will be offered on Wednesday or Thursday mornings from 8:30-10:30. Alternately, evening courses, from 6-8 pm will be offered on Thursdays. Classes start in June and run for 8 weeks.

For more information, contact James Davis, jdavis@thurstonedc.com, or (360) 464-6051