WHO WE HELP:
WCBF Supports Local Entrepreneurs
Wallowa County Business Facilitation provides free and confidential business coaching to motivated, passionate entrepreneurs in Wallowa County or individuals who would like to relocate and start a business in the county.
Business facilitation is a practical and grassroots effort to help people who are thinking and dreaming about starting or expanding a business. When someone comes to the facilitator with a business idea, the facilitator does not judge the idea as good or bad.
Foremost is to let the ideas and the motivations come from the individual. WCBF does not initiate, finance or subsidize projects or activities. No business idea is too small or too big; all business ventures with a passion are welcomed.
This service is not about telling people what they should do. It is about helping people succeed at what they really want to do, with sound business management.
The business facilitator works with a wide variety of business ideas, topics, and clients, as our client testimonies will confirm.
Wallowa Valley Networks opened in 2009, before we even opened our doors WCBF was working with us to critically examine our market and business model and to put everything into a professional business plan that has been essential to our success! With the insights of the Wallowa County Business Facilitators to help us we have navigated through many of the issues that confront new entrepreneurs. Myron Kirkpatrick was the facilitator at that time and he spent weeks working with us on creating our business plan with us and helping us to understand what all of it means. When we were ready he advised us on approaching investors and strategic business partners, invaluable expertise and advice that we never could have afforded during that key start-up phase of business. Starting a new business is never easy, and during these difficult economic times a new enterprise is well served to leverage the experience and resources of the Wallowa County Business Facilitators!
Wallowa County Business Facilitation
January 2001 – June 2011
New Businesses Start Ups - 103
Acquisition Completed - 20
Business Expansions - 25
Grant or Loans Received - 28
Business Plans Completed - 83
Tune-Up to Existing Businesses - 64
New Jobs Created - 177
Total Clients – 712
* Statistics are updated in January and June.