Economic Development Council to offer free workshop on business planning and financing

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Orcas Island Library.

Advance registration is required at 378-2906 or info@sanjuansedc.org.

The business and financing workshop course material will be presented by James McCafferty, of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, a management consultant for over a decade.

As part of the workshop, McCafferty will cover business financing, discuss a variety of financing options and will provide a reality check for those considering a new or expanded business venture. He will be available for one-on-one consultation after the workshop.

Participants in the workshop will leave with the resources and support they need to create a business plan including a realistic financial plan. In addition, McCafferty will cover current federal and Washington State tax incentive programs for small businesses.

The San Juan County Economic Development Council’s Business Education Series was created by the EDC in response to concerns from local business owners and overall increased demand from new businesses.