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Cowlitz Economic Development Council Ted Sprague, President (Serving Cowlitz County) U.S. Bank Bldg - 1452 Hudson Ste. 208 PO Box 1278 Longview, WA 98632 Phone: 360-423-9921 Fax: 360-423-1923 Email:

SBDC Susan Hoosier, Certified Business Advisor 1600 Maple St Don Talley Bldg Rm 103A Longview, WA 98632 Phone: 360-442-2946 Fax: 360-422-9248 Email:


Visit to find an office near you Visiting SCORE Reps will meet in Longview. Schedule appointments through the Kelso/Longview Chamber of Commerce at 360-423-8400 or 360-699-1079. Vancouver Score Neil Leitner Clark College TBG232 1933 Ft Vancouver Way Vancouver, WA 98663 Phone: 360-699-1079 Email: Counties Served: Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties

Bellingham Score Dan Robbins 1313 E Maple St Ste 591 Bellingham WA 98225 Phone: 360-685-4259 Fax: 360-685-4222 Email: Counties Served: Statewide Port Hadlock Score Team Jefferson 201 W Pattison St Port Hadlock, WA 98339 Phone: 360-379-5610 Fax: 360-379-5617 Email: Counties Served: Statewide Seattle Score Allie Thompson 2401 4th Ave Ste 450 Seattle, WA 98121 Phone: 206-553-7320 Fax: 206-553-0914 Email: Counties Served: Statewide


Washington Manufacturing Services Ted Sprague Cowlitz Economic Development Council (Serving Cowlitz County) 1452 Hudson St Ste 208 PO Box 1278 Longview, WA 98632 Phone: 360-423-9921 Fax: 360-423-1923 Email: Richard Dougherty, Ph.D. Food Processing Specialist Statewide Washington State University 106J FSHN Bldg PO Box 646376 Pullman, WA 99164-6376 Phone: 509-335-0972 Email:

Krassimir Totev, Senior Project Manager Wood Product Specialist Statewide King County General Manufacturing (Excluding High-Tech and Aerospace) 2100 3rd Ave #1802 Seattle, WA 98121 Phone: 425-754-3087 Fax: 206-441-7755 Email: Rhea Wallace, Director of Client Services Aerospace and Electronics Specialist Statewide American Electronic Association 8575 154th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052 Phone: 425-754-3056 Fax: 425-438-2755 Email: Sarah Earl Manufacturing Specialist Statewide South Seattle Community College 6770 E Marginal Way S Seattle, WA 98108 Phone: 206-817-2861 Fax: 425-438-2755 Email: Charles Lukey Manufacturing Specialist Statewide 6770 E Marginal Way S Seattle, WA 98108 Phone: 206-370-0730 Email:

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WA State Dept of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) 128 10th Ave SW PO Box 42525 Olympia, WA 98504-2525 Phone: 360-725-4100

Loan Programs

City of Longview City of Longview Revolving Loan Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments Steve Harvey, Director 207 Fourth Ave N Kelso, WA 98626 Phone: 360-577-3041 Fax: 360-425-7760 Email: Loan funds available for start-up companies or those expanding their employment base. Subordinate lien position, but must be secured. Eligibility: Small businesses in trade area Maximum: $150,000 Minimum: $10,000 Equity: 10% on borrower Jobs: $8,000-$20,000 per job Trade Area: City of Longview ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia John Berdes, President Larry Baker, Senior Lender and Fund Manager PO Box 826 203 Howerton Way, SE Ilwaco, WA 98624 Phone: 360-642-4265 Fax: 360-642-4078 Email: Shorebank Enterprise Cascadia (SBEC) is a certified non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving the urban and rural communities of Oregon and Washington. SBEC strengthens family, ecological and economic resilience through consulting, financial and business assistance. SBEC works with entrepreneurs, non-profits and others that deliver economic, social and/or environmental benefits to local communities and the larger region. Eligibility: SBEC works with individuals and businesses; childcare businesses; businesses that create family wage jobs in low income communities; private businesses and non-profit organizations benefiting their communities. Maximum: $750,000 (More if New Markets Tax Credit eligible) Minimum: None (although loans are generally above $5,000) Trade Area: Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom counties. The Lending Network Rural Development Loan Fund Tani K Gunn, Executive Director 1611 N National Ave PO Box 916 Chehalis, WA 98352 Phone: 360-740-6960 or 360-748-0114 Fax: 360-748-1238 Email:

Fixed rate, term loans are available to new business start-ups and expansions in rural areas for a wide variety of purposes. Priority is given to projects intended to create “family-wage” jobs. The program is capitalized with funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development, Department of Commerce/Economic Development Administration, and Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. Applicants must have a business plan and other documentation; loan must be secured. The Lending Network cannot fund projects for businesses engaged in agricultural production, recreation, convention and tourist centers, motels or hotels. Businesses must have at least 51 percent U.S. ownership. Eligibility: Businesses in start-up, expansion, or retention stages; other public or not-for-profit organizations Maximum: $150,000 Minimum: $20,000 Equity: 10% to 25% Jobs: Job-creation projects are given priority. Approximately one job per $25,000. Trade Area: Cowlitz, Lewis, and Southern Thurston Counties Rural Community Development Resources (RCDR) Luz Bazan Gutierrez, President & CEO PO Box 9492 Yakima, WA 98909 24 S Third Ave Yakima, WA 98902 Phone: 509-453-5133 Email: RCDR Investment Loan Fund The purpose of this loan is to provide small business loans or guarantee of small business loans provided by third parties, to finance inventory equipment or short term working capital, projects that promote economic development or other projects that revitalize and stabilize low-or moderate income areas to combat community deterioration in, and contribute to the revitalization of socially and economically challenged. Eligibility: Targets low-income areas and job creation. Minimum: $5,000 Maximum: $75,000 Trade Area: Washington State with primary focus on rural Central Washington Evergreen Business Capital Rural Loan Fund Melissa Suposs, Rural & CRF Loan Officer 13925 Interurban Ave S Ste 100 Seattle, WA 98168 Phone: 800-878-6133 Direct: 206-577-1434 Fax: 206-623-6613 Email: The Evergreen Rural Fund is provided in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is designed to create or retain jobs and stimulate small business development in rural areas. The fund provides loans to businesses in population centers of 25,000 people or less located in its trade area. Other counties may also be eligible. Funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including the purchase of fixed assets and equipment, working capital and inventory. Interest rate will be

fixed or variable. Fees will be 1% percent to 3% origination fee plus $1,500 legal fees and closing costs. Term of the loan will be 1 to 20 years, depending on the financed assets. Eligibility: Private businesses in rural areas, including existing businesses and start-ups Maximum: $250,000 Minimum: $10,000 Equity: 10 to 25% Jobs: Must retain current jobs. New job creation is highly desired. Trade Area: Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Thurston, and Yakima Counties Evergreen Business Capital Lori Milton, Senior Loan Officer SBA 504 Loan Program 1618 SW First Ave Ste 401 Portland, OR 97201-5707 toll free: 877 439 3232 Phone: 503 222 0997 Fax: 503 222 7498 Email: Evergreen Business Capital is the Northwest’s leading SBA 504 Loan Program expert. We help small and mid-sized businesses grow and succeed by facilitating the premier tool for business financing—the SBA 504 Loan. Expanding while retaining sufficient working capital is a challenge for many small businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration established the 504 loan to help businesses easily purchase equipment and commercial real estate, and keep more cash on hand. As a Certified Development Company (CDC), Evergreen partners with lenders to provide up to 90% financing for the purchase of owner-occupied commercial real estate and equipment in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and the Idaho Panhandle. Eligibility: For-profit enterprises, including existing businesses and start-ups; must occupy 51% of an existing building or 60% of a newly constructed building Maximum: While financing can be obtained for purchase of any size, the maximum loan size from Evergreen is $1.5 million to $4 million depending on eligibility. Lenders make up the balance with loans of unlimited size Minimum: $25,000 Equity: 10% to 20% of the total project cost depending on nature of the building and the age of the business ownership Jobs: Project must meet at least one goal around job creation, public policy goal or community development Trade Area: Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum Counties

Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) Program USDA Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Ste. B Olympia, WA 98512-5715 Phone: 360-704-7736 Fax: 360-704-7742 The RBEG program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses, help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment related adult education programs. To assist with business development, RBEGs may fund a broad array of activities. To apply for funding for the RBEG program, please contact the USDA Rural Development Office that serves your county by clicking the link above. Trade Area: Statewide

Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce PO Box 721 147 Front Ave Castle Rock, WA 98611-0721 Phone: 360-274-6603 Email: Kalama Chamber of Commerce PO Box 824 Kalama, WA 98625 Phone: 360-673-6299 Email: Woodland Chamber of Commerce PO Box 1012 900 Goerig Woodland, WA 98674 Phone: 360-225-9552 Email: Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce 1563 Olympia Way Longview, WA 98632 Phone: 360-423-8400 Email:

Port of Kalama 380 West Marine Dr Kalama, WA 98625 Phone: 360-673-2325

Port of Longview PO Box 1258 Longview, WA 98632 Phone: 360-425-3305 Port of Woodland PO Box 87 141 Davidson Ave Woodland, WA 98674 Phone: 360-225-6555
Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development International Trade & Economic Development Division Last Updated: November 2008

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