Small Business in Skamania County
Small businesses are a vital part of the economy, not only on a nationwide level, but also regionally and locally. Skamania County depends on a wide range of economic activities which are necessary to keep our local communities healthy and thriving. Within the last several years, more and more people see the importance of supporting our local economy. In support of our local, small businesses we say: Eat local, buy local, be local.
Not all small businesses need working capital or start up money initially (as with our business success story below), but the Skamania County EDC (SCEDC) does work closely with many agencies in the event that you do need help getting your small business started and to assist you in becoming successful. One of the components of the SCEDC is our micro-loan program. This program provides low-interest loans to qualified applicants for equipment and working capital to start up or enhance business operations in Skamania County.
Featured Small Business
JoLinda's Coffee and Wine Shop
JoLinda’s Coffee and Wine shop was founded in 2008 by local folks Joe and Linda ( thus the name ) and is located in Stevenson, Washington. They are a coffee shop that serves up coffee brewed by traditional French press or any number of drinks made by the classic espresso style. They currently offer fresh roasted coffee and food items as well as wine tasting. All coffees are hand crafted by Sasquatch Coffee Roasters, JoLinda’s wholesale side. If the wind is blowing your way you can smell the coffee roasting as they fine tune their craft of artisan coffee roasting. You will also find a great selection of organic baked goods milled from scratch to go with a light lunch menu. JoLinda’s Coffee and Wine is a great example of local, small business that caters to local people and has a very pleasant atmosphere which includes free Wi-Fi for those with business to conduct. This spring will bring workshops for those interested in learning to roast coffee at home. Check out their website for current information and offerings at www.jolindas.com.
- Small Business Resources for Washington State http://www.hud.gov/offices/osdbu/resource/guide/local/wash.cfm
- The SCEDC and other local agencies provide periodic courses and workshops. Please contact us to find out about upcoming workshops or with any ideas of courses or workshops that you would like to see offered locally. To receive e-mails for a list for trainings and workshops, please use the Contact Us page and sign up.