Washington Center for Women in Business

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The Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB) offers a variety of services to women entrepreneurs, individuals interested in starting a business, and organizations in business that are interested in growing their business.  The WCWB offers a free one hour Intro to Business Startup course via webinar or in the Thurston EDC conference room for individuals interested in starting a business but are not sure where to begin. 

The WCWB also offers a Business Enterprise Startup Training (BEST) course which is an 8 week webinar series that helps individuals create a professional business plan for their business idea.  The course includes a business plan workbook and 3 months of free access to Live Plan a business plan web application. BEST is $395 for the entire course. Scholarships are available based on city of residents and economic need.   

The WCWB also hosts a monthly webinar series entitled Let’s Talk Business (LTB).  LTB features a different business professional every month speaking on their area of expertise related to small business.  Webinars are posted at wcwb.org/ltb so individuals can view them at their convenience.  

The WCWB hosts an annual women’s business conference INSPIRE where business professionals around Washington can gather together to learn, network and unwind.

Lastly, the WCWB offers one-on-one business coaching for, primarily for women owned, businesses. Coaching session are one hour long and can focus on a variety of topics including business plan writing, business start-up, marketing, operations, and finance.  Coaching sessions are free and limited to one a week per client.  

The Intro to Business Startup, BEST, and coaching sessions are instructed and conducted by Sean Moore and Robin Houde.

This program is ideal for: 

  • Individuals interested in starting a business who are not sure where to start.  
  • Individuals who have a business idea and want to write a business plan.
  • Individuals who need help starting their business. Including help with licenses, legal structure, financing and investment information. 
  • Women owned businesses who want one-on-one business coaching.
  • Individuals interested in learning more about the business support the Thurston EDC CB&I offers.
  • Individuals interested in starting a viable business who cannot write their own business plan.
  • Existing organizations interested in growing their businesses but need training.
  • Existing organizations that want to increase their business knowledge. 
  • Existing organizations who need specific consulting work such as website building they cannot complete themselves due to lack of technical skills. 

To schedule a coaching appointment or for more information on registering for courses and training please contact Robin Houde at rhoude@thurstonedc.com

Washington Center for Women in Business


Quick Startup Program

Do you have a product or service you're ready to sell online? Quick Startup will set you up with the tools and technical training to build and launch your online storefront!

INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference

Annual conference that focuses on providing aspiring and current women business owners with tangible tools they can use to succeed. The conference also provides an excellent networking opportunity for women to connect with Washington business leaders.

Let’s Talk Business

The WCWB presents a no cost bi-monthly webinars series featuring business professionals from across the State of Washington with various expertise.

WCWB Business Coaching

The WCWB offers no cost one-on-one business coaching with professionals experienced in business startup, finance, accounting, marketing, and operations.

Washington Center for Women in Business