Economic Development Corporation


Bob Schroeter

Executive Director/CEO 

Bob earned a Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and graduated from Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, working during his schooling as an Intern for the State Attorney General. After graduation Bob was appointed to serve as an Assistant Attorney General in Olympia.  Four years later Bob started a private law practice in Lewis County, spending the next two decades representing clients and serving as municipal legal counsel for several municipalities. He’s testified before the State Legislature, served as an Arbitrator and Land Use Hearing Examiner, and has handled cases in State and Federal Courts, Court of Appeals, and Washington State Supreme Court. 

Bob’s management experience includes serving as Comcast Director of Government Affairs, Director of Operational Support at the State Liquor Board, and Executive Director for State Conservation Districts. His experience also includes service on airport, agricultural, historic preservation, and public safety commissions and boards.

With a passion for community service, Bob has enjoyed serving as Board President of Family Tree Relief Nursery, Lewis County Historical Society, Chehalis Kiwanis Club, and Lewis County Bar Association. He has served on numerous non-profit boards supporting Head Start, youth mentoring, business education, disaster recovery, domestic violence prevention, dispute resolution center, local history and the arts.  Bob believes that “a thriving Clallam County economy is something that each of us can have a role in improving, and that all of us can support without boundaries". The Clallam EDC Team will continue to serve as leaders in guiding and assisting in our County’s Economic Development including helping to link businesses at home, as well as those seeking to come here, with solutions for success.

​  About the EDC | Our EDC Team

Julie Knott

Business Support Specialist

Julie Knott is the new Business Support Specialist with the EDC. Julie brings to the position decades of experience in business management, strategy, and operations in industries such as construction and software development.  She recently completed an Organizational Leadership/Project Management certificate program through the University of Washington, passed the Project Management Professional exam, and is a founding member of the new North Peninsula PMI Chapter. Julie is native to the Pacific Northwest and has enjoyed living on the Olympic Peninsula for over 20 years. 

Debbie Swanson

Business Support Associate

​​Debbie has a business career spanning administration, management and ownership in the retail, restaurant and real estate industries. Her ownership experience is where she capitalized on the resources that are so important to starting a business; local SBDC, city, state and federal authorities, libraries, etc. in operating a homemade ice cream and coffee business in GA and retail kiosk in CA. Learning to be both organized and flexible were key skills acquired at the grassroots level, along with the importance (and fun) of community involvement. Debbie currently serves as Board Vice President of Pennies For Quarters, a non-profit dedicated to providing transitional housing and support for homeless veterans, and as a board member of the Port Angeles Business Association. 

Counselors all have business experience or special expertise that can be of help to people considering starting up a small business or who are in the process of getting started. They work with you one-on-one as long as needed to determine the economic feasibility of your idea or help you put together a business plan including such key parts as:

Legal structure

Organizational structure

Financial projections


Competitive analysis 

The Seattle SCORE Chapter offers *workshops topics in the following areas:

Starting a New Business

Building a Business Plan

Financing Your Business

Starting a Consulting Business

Marketing 101

Seminar on "How to Sell"

Operating a Franchising Business

Keys to Internet Business

*The workshops run for one-half or a full day with lunch included.

Go to or call (206) 553-7320 for more information on dates and costs. Additional help is available from the national SCORE website,, which includes counseling vial email, financial templates, business plan outlines and online webinars.

​Our Wonderful SCORE Councelors

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for nearly fifty years.

Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 11,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.

The Olympic Peninsula counselors are part of the Seattle Chapter which has about 70 counselors. If special business counseling is needed, counselors in Seattle can work with you by email, phone or in-person.