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EDASC Event Announcements

Business Forum for Early Learning

Wednesday, November 1, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Northwest Career and Technical Academy, 2205 W. Campus Place, Mount Vernon

Investing in the workforce of the future NOW:  Why early learning and family development are critical success factors for our business community.
You’ll discover how investments in:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Collaboration

 …can reduce remediation costs and develop the workforce of the future
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Amelia Bachleda, University of Washington I-LABS (Institute for Learning & Brain Science) will present how brain architecture is shaped by our early experiences – and how high quality interactions can lead to better outcomes for children’s success.  This event is supported by Skagit Valley College, the EDASC Foundation, and United Way of Skagit County.

More Information and Event Registration


Skagit County China Seminar:  Introduction to Key Issues in U.S.-China-Washington State Relations

Friday, November 3, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
WSU Skagit County Extension, 11768 Westar Lane A, Burlington

EDASC, in partnership with the Washington State China Relations Council and Washington State University Skagit County Extension, is launching a new Skagit County China Seminar.  This is an ongoing series of workshops for the Skagit County and northwest Washington business communities and broader regional audiences to introduce the fundamentals of doing business in China and key issues in the Washington State-China relationship.

Our first featured speaker is Marc Berger, Director of China Practice, Nyhus Communications, where he devises strategies and enhances engagement for Chinese companies looking to successfully expand their businesses in the U.S. market, and American firms seeking greater connections with the People’s Republic of China.

More Information and Event Registration 


Skagit County Community Conversation:  Housing in Economic Development 

Thursday, November 9, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lincoln Theater, 712 S. First Street, Mount Vernon

Join EDASC’s inaugural Skagit County Community Conversation on November 9, when the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) and Skagit County Public Health and Housing department will be presenting data, ideas and opportunities related to housing in Skagit County.

SCOG Executive Director Kevin Murphy will present the findings of and discuss his thoughts on the recently published county-wide housing study commissioned by the SCOG board.  EDASC CEO John Sternlicht will discuss the housing needs of county employers and economic impact of available housing for economic development, in addition to sharing his thoughts on several nationally recognized housing initiative benchmarks.  Kayla Schott-Bresler from the Skagit County Housing, Homeless Services, & Community Development Office will discuss the opportunities and limitations of public policy levers in support of increasing the housing stock, as well as county-level efforts currently in motion to mitigate the current housing crisis.  A panel of real estate, development and public policy stakeholders will discuss housing issues and opportunities from their perspective and take questions from the audience.

For more information, contact Andrew Miller, EDASC Director of Business Retention and Expansion, at andrew@skagit.org.


IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE!  Investor Appreciation Celebration now November 13

Monday, November 13, 5:30 pm – 7:30 PM 
Heritage Flight Museum, 15053 Crosswind Dr., Burlington

Save the date for the 2017 EDASC Investor Appreciation Celebration at the Heritage Flight Museum!  This free by-invite event is a thank you for current EDASC Investor businesses and organizations and an opportunity to showcase recent accomplishments that EDASC Investors have made possible.  Enjoy music, appetizers, drinks and networking and a brief update from EDASC and local community leaders.

More Information and Event Registration


Workforce Development Monthly Workshop:  Social Media 101

Wednesday, November 1, 12:00 pm – 2:00 PM 
Skagit Valley College Craft Brewing Academy, 15579 Peterson Road, Burlington

SOCIAL MEDIA 101 with instructor Tony Salas includes an overview of Social Media and how to productively use various platforms to gain the best benefits: 

  • shared calendars
  • posting and boosting events
  • creating event pages
  • how to gain more audiences
  • how to efficiently market events, locally and online

More Information and Event Registration


Skagit County Industry Cluster Working Group Meetings

Location: EDASC Offices in Mount Vernon, unless otherwise listed

Lenders, Insurance and Financial Professionals:  October 25, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Agriculture, Value-Added Ag & Food:  October 27, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Health & Wellness:  November 8, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Maritime:  TBA
Real Estate:  TBA
Arts, Culture, Events & Entertainment:  TBA
Tourism:  TBA
Critical Infrastructure, Logistics, and Transportation:  TBA
Outdoor Recreation:  TBA
Non-Profits & NGOs:  TBA
Manufacturing:  TBA
Conservation, Environment, & Natural Resources:  TBA

For more information, contact Andrew Miller, EDASC Director of Business Retention and Expansion, at andrew@skagit.org.


Preparing for Takeoff: Small Business Startup and the Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP)

When: First Tuesday of the month from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Where: WorkSource Skagit | 2005 E. College Way, Mount Vernon


Explore the world of entrepreneurship! Do you want to know:

  • About the SEAP and its resources?
  • What it takes to become an entrepreneur?
  • Which products or services you should provide?
  • How to test the feasibility of your idea?

Contact Sandra K. Kint at skint@esd.wa.gov for further information. Registration required. Register online on the WorkSource website.



Investor & Community Announcements

Submitted events and announcements. If you are an EDASC Investor and would like to have your announcement added, please send details to office@skagit.org two weeks in advance. 

October 28:  Economic Opportunities for Latino Farmers.  Come listen and learn directly from two amazing Minnesota Latino cooperatives.  Cooperative Agua Gorda, a cooperative owned by five farmers, has grown its farm business from 1/2 acre of land to 15 acres, and annual sales from $6,700 to a projected $80,000 during the past five years.  Shared Ground Co-op is a cooperative of three Latino-owned farms and two Caucasian-owned farms that by working together achieved sales of $330,000 in 2016.  The workshop will also feature local business development assistance providers including the Northwest Agriculture Business Center, Community Action of Skagit County, Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, Viva Farms, and WSU Skagit County Extension.  Latino farm families are invited to this community event.  This event will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Skagit County Fairgrounds, Virginia Street Entrance, Building A, Mount Vernon.  More Information and Event Registration 

Population Health Trust Survey – Your Participation Requested!  The Skagit County Public Health – Population Health Trust is seeking participants for its upcoming “First Thousand Days” survey for families of children ages 5 and below, to learn how to make Skagit County a better place for families with small children.  For more information, contact Population Health Trust.

November 1:  Focus on Farming & Focus on Forestry Conference.  Skagit County farmers and businesses are invited to Snohomish County’s 14th annual Focus on Farming conference, which also includes the third Focus on Forestry conference.  This year’s theme is “Ideas to Grow With.”  Keynote speakers include sustainable agriculture economist Dr. John Ikerd, who will inform and inspire with a talk on the status and future of local foods; and author Ben Hartman who will explain how to use the lean system to earn a comfortable living on a farm.  Workshop tracks will focus on aquaponics, soil building, making jam to sell, joys of farming with spreadsheets, small-scale farm digesters, putting lean farming concepts to work, tips to making food safety manageable, creating and maintaining healthy soils, and much more.  To register and for more information, visit www.FocusOnFarming.org.   

November 10:  Commemoration Ceremony for Vietnam Veterans.  Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is partnering with the Vietnam War Commemoration as part of a nationwide effort to thank and honor all Vietnam-era veterans and their families at Vietnam War 50th Commemoration pinning ceremonies to publicly recognize their service and sacrifice for our country.  Vietnam veterans and their families interested in participating can learn more about this event at:   https://delbene.house.gov/constituent-services/vietnam-war-50th-commemoration.htm

November 11:  Storm the Fort! Scout Skills Event.  The Skagit District of the Boy Scouts of America-Mount Baker Council invites community members 18 and over to participate in the first-ever “Storm the Fort!” at Fire Mountain Scout Camp for a day of fun and friendly Scout skills competitions.  Highlights include range sports, canoeing, wilderness shelter building, and a ride on Washington State’s longest zip line!  Registration is $50 or $160 for a team of four.  For more information contact Marie White, Skagit District Program Chair, at harkinwhite@hotmail.com.

November 18:  Women in Agriculture Conference.  Save the Date for Washington State University’s 6th Annual Women in Agriculture Conference.  Event and registration information.

November 25:  Small Business Saturday

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