Economic Development Corporation
About the EDC | Our EDC Team
Interim Executive Director
Julie Knott is the Interim Executive Director. She brings to the position decades of experience in business management, strategy, and operations in industries such as construction and software development. She is a certified Project Management Professional and a founding member of the North Peninsula PMI Chapter. Julie is native to the Pacific Northwest and has enjoyed living on the Olympic Peninsula for over 20 years.
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:
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
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 www.seattle.score.org or call (206) 553-7320 for more information on dates and costs. Additional help is available from the national SCORE website, www.score.org, which includes counseling vial email, financial templates, business plan outlines and online webinars.
Our Wonderful SCORE Counselors
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.