Issaquah business joins delegation to global technology conference

February 21, 2012

Issaquah business Chetan Sharma Consulting is among 11 small businesses from Washington representing the Evergreen State at the Mobile World Congress — the premier event in the global mobile tech industry.

The event — scheduled to unfold in Barcelona, Spain, from Feb. 27 to March 1 — includes 60,000 mobile technology leaders from more than 100 countries.

Chetan Sharma Consulting is a management consulting and strategic advisory firm formed in 2001. The company’s clients include telecommunications giants, such as Comcast, Qualcomm and Sprint Nextel.

The state Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration assembled the Washington delegation.

Though trade shows such as Mobile World Congress provide companies valuable opportunities to reach additional customers, costs often put such shows out of reach for many small businesses.

More companies in Washington received the opportunity to participate opportunity via a Small Business Administration State Trade and Export Promotion, or STEP, grant. The state Department of Commerce uses the funds to provide export vouchers of up to $5,000 with a 25 percent match to qualifying companies.

Issaquah business joins delegation to global technology conference

February 16, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 16, 2012

Issaquah business Chetan Sharma Consulting is among 11 small businesses from Washington representing the Evergreen State at the Mobile World Congress — the premier event in the global mobile tech industry.

The event — scheduled to unfold in Barcelona, Spain, from Feb. 27 to March 1 — includes 60,000 mobile technology leaders from more than 100 countries.

Chetan Sharma Consulting is a management consulting and strategic advisory firm formed in 2001. The company’s client include telecommunications giants, such as Comcast, Qualcomm and Sprint Nextel.

The state Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration assembled the Washington delegation. Some Washington companies participating in the event received vouchers to help defray costs through a federal grant and state export promotion program.

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Small Business Administration to present Issaquah seminar

June 7, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. June 7, 2011

Businesspeople can attend a June 8 seminar from the U.S. Small Business Administration in Issaquah.

Participants can learn about the loans available to small businesses, and how Small Business Association programs can help businesses grow.

Businesspeople can learn about how to acquire another business or franchise, how to finance purchases of equipment or machinery, finance business expansion, and how to refinance and consolidate debt. The agency is the largest source of long-term small business financing in the nation.

Mark Costello, from the Small Business Administration’s Seattle district office, is presenting the seminar. The Bank of Washington, 1250 N.W. Mall St., is the host. The seminar is 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Bank of Washington also operates branches in Edmonds, Everett, Mukilteo and Redmond.

Small Business Administration offers grants

January 18, 2011

Issaquah businesses could qualify for grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The federal agency is accepting grant proposals from eligible national organizations interested in providing training, guidance, counseling, mentoring and procurement assistance to small businesses through the Small Business Teaming Pilot program.

Congress established the program in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, and the SBA expects to make 10 to 20 grant awards worth up to $5 million in the 2011 fiscal year.

Applicants must be a private, nonprofit or for-profit entity; have been in existence continually for the past three years; have experience dealing with issues relating to small business on a national level; and demonstrate a capacity to provide assistance to small businesses.

Proposals must be submitted through the governmentwide financial assistance portal, www.grants.gov, by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 25. Learn more about the program at the SBA website, www.sba.gov/teaming.

Federal flood aid center will close Saturday

February 25, 2009

NEW — 1:32 p.m. Feb. 25, 2008

A temporary disaster-relief center at City Hall will close Saturday, as federal agencies wind down their response to the January flooding of Issaquah and Tibbetts creeks. The office, a Disaster Recovery Center, is one of several the agencies opened in Washington cities that were hammered by severe winter weather last month.

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Flood aid center opens at City Hall

February 19, 2009

UPDATED — 11:13 a.m. Feb. 19, 2008

Federal disaster-relief agencies opened an office at City Hall yesterday as part of the ongoing effort to recover from January’s flooding.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration hope the office will serve as an information clearinghouse for flood victims seeking government disaster aid.

“Wherever there’s a need with people who have suffered damage, that’s where we want to be,” SBA communications specialist Roger Busch said.

 

Roger Busch (left) and Thomas Colgin of the U.S. Small Business Administration discuss aid available to property owners affected by January’s flooding and severe weather at the agency’s local Disaster Recovery Center. — By Warren Kagarise

Roger Busch (left) and Thomas Colgin of the U.S. Small Business Administration discuss aid available to property owners affected by January’s flooding and severe weather at the agency’s local Disaster Recovery Center. — By Warren Kagarise

 

 

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Flood cleanup to be costly, lengthy

February 17, 2009

When Issaquah Creek overflowed its banks six weeks ago, rising waters left the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery with at least $20,000 damage. Water damaged the hatchery foreman’s house and an office used by hatchery volunteers. Four inches of mud coated the hatchery parking lot.

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