SCORE Greater Seattle is grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support.

SCORE volunteers provide no-cost mentoring and low-cost workshops to entrepreneurs and small businesses in our community, made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.


PLATINUM SPONSORS


BECU

In 1935, new employees for The Boeing Company were required to purchase their own tools before they could start work. Finding money to buy tools was an insurmountable burden for many prospective employees. A Boeing employee, William Dodge, read an article in Readers Digest about the difference that credit unions were making across the world. Inspired, Dodge got a group of Boeing employees to talk about starting their own credit union. At BECU, we focus our community efforts in three areas: Financial Empowerment, Member-Inspired Giving, and Employee-inspired Giving.

 

Northwest Business Development Association

Established in 1982, NWBDA is a Certified Development Company (CDC). We are licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help administer the SBA’s 504 loan program. Our mission is to support business growth, job creation, and job retention by providing quality small business loan services in partnership with local lenders and the SBA. NWBDA saves both the business owner and the participating lender time by working directly with the SBA to organize, package, process and close the 504 loan.

 

GOLD SPONSORS


Banner Bank

Banner Bank is a dynamic full-service financial institution, operating safely and profitably within a framework of shared integrity. Working as a team, we will deliver superior products and services to our valued clients. We will emphasize strong client relationships and a high level of community involvement. We will provide a culture which attracts, empowers, rewards and provides growth opportunities for employees. Our success will build long-term shareholder value.

 

Business Impact Northwest

Business Impact NW is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) dedicated to serving underbanked entrepreneurs. We provide coaching, classes, and access to capital to community small businesses, with an emphasis on working with traditionally underserved populations – entrepreneurial low/moderate income earners, women, BIPOC, veterans, immigrants or members of the LGBTQ+ community. We have been serving the community since 1997.

Columbia Bank

Wherever you’re headed, Columbia Bank has the people and resources to help get you there. It starts with “hello.” We never forget a name or a face. Real human beings answer our phones. And our commitment to providing all the services required to help build strong Northwest communities is firmly rooted in our DNA. Columbia Bank is a Northwest community bank headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, with comprehensive solutions and expertise to meet the evolving needs of businesses and individuals.

 

Evergreen Business Capital

Evergreen Business Capital is a private, nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Certified Development Company (CDC). In our capacity as a CDC, we facilitate the SBA 504 Loan Program and several other business loans. Through these programs, Evergreen has helped small businesses create more than 37,000 jobs and make more than $2 billion in capital improvements. We have advanced small-business development by providing loans totaling upward of $800 million.

 

IBA

IBA is the preferred business brokerage firm in the Pacific Northwest for entrepreneurs wanting to sell their businesses. IBA has experienced professionals on staff that understand the unique composition of the business opportunity marketplace in Washington, Oregon, & Alaska who can successfully facilitate mergers & sales for business owners wishing to sell their businesses. IBA professionals have successfully negotiated & completed over 4200 transactions in the Pacific Northwest since 1975 involving manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, industrial, technology, education, retail, service, marine, automotive, and virtual companies. IBA is the preferred transaction team member of accountants, attorneys, wealth advisers, and bankers for their clients seeking to sell a privately held company or family owned business.

International Business Associates, commonly known as IBA, is a full service business brokerage firm. Every IBA professional has the ability to value & sell your company. All IBA professionals are real estate professionals with the licensing & experience to value and sell business associated commercial real estate

US Bank

Our relationships are built on trust that we build every day through every interaction. Our employees are empowered to do the right thing to ensure they share our customers’ vision for success. We work as a partner to provide financial products and services that make banking safe, simple and convenient. We’re here to help navigate important milestones and strengthen futures together.

 

SILVER SPONSORS


Ameritrust

Ameritrust CDC is a Certified Development Company, promoting the profitability and prosperity of small businesses in Washington State by providing low cost, fixed rate commercial real estate financing in partnership with the US Small Business Administration.

The Small Business Administration established the SBA 504 Loan Program, which is a unique financing tool utilized specifically for the purchasing or constructing of commercial real estate and equipment for small businesses. The loans are financed in partnership with one of the many commercial lenders in the state.

Certified Development Companies (CDC's) are regional economic development organizations that are licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The CDC processes, approves, closes and services the loans. Funding is arranged by the CDC issuing a bond, and in all ways, the CDC is the direct lender for the SBA 504 loan program. This product has enjoyed great success over the past 25 years, providing thousands of small businesses the opportunity to own their locations and secure their futures.

Coastal Community Bank

At Coastal Community Bank, we firmly believe that banking is about relationships — relationships built on trust. Our bankers live within the communities they serve, which means they care about you and your needs because they are your neighbors. Our community bankers are seasoned, local professionals who know the landscape, the players, and what it takes to do business in North Puget Sound. We don't just provide banking services — we are trusted advisors, providing information and knowledge to help you succeed. That's what we like to call the Coastal Difference.

 

First Fed

First Fed is a local community bank in Washington which has served customers and communities since 1923. Currently First Fed has 16 locations offering services in Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, and Whatcom counties. First Fed is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB), a holding company for the bank and other investments.

In 2021, First Fed donated over $1 million to non-profit organizations through our bank and foundation. Also, our team volunteered 4,457 hours with non-profit organizations.

Heritage Bank

Heritage Bank serves customers like you. Your neighbors. The couple who owns the storefront across town. The customers we serve bring their unique heritage—and unique needs—to our bank. To help our customers achieve their goals, we offer a complete array of banking services and tools for businesses as well as individuals. Our focus is on our communities: helping customers who have—or will build—their heritage in our local markets.

 

Key Bank

KeyBank’s 2017 National Community Benefits Plan (hereafter referred to as “the Plan”) addresses concerns expressed by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and NCRC member organizations, in light of KeyBank’s pending acquisition of First Niagara, scheduled for Q3 2016. The Plan keeps current and future clients, local residents, and the strength and stability of neighborhoods and communities, at the forefront. Successful execution of the Plan will result in significant community investment by KeyBank, as well as broadened access to relevant and effective products, solutions, and services for all members of the community, wherever KeyBank has a presence.

 

Kitsap Bank

Kitsap Bank is a proudly independent, multi-generational family-owned bank. Founded in the small community of Port Orchard in 1908, we have expanded our presence throughout the Pacific Northwest and continue to grow by remaining connected to our deep local roots.

We are committed to our communities; contributing to crucial causes, and investing in the sustainability of our region.

Kitsap Bank is the preeminent Northwest bank, built around long-term relationships with our co-workers, customers, and communities.

Washington Trust Bank

As the oldest and largest privately-held commercial bank in the Northwest, with more than 40 financial centers and offices in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, we enjoy an advantage over our publicly-owned competitors. We base our decisions and policies on what’s happening right here in the Northwest—not in distant locales. Being independent, we are able to set our sights on long-term goals rather than quarterly results. We stay focused on doing the right things for our clients and our communities.

 

BRONZE SPONSORS


Numerica Credit Union

Numerica understands life and money are in constant motion. The credit union helps protect and advance more than 165,000 members’ financial health by offering better rates, lower fees, no-stress services, and outstanding support.

Numerica gives back to support the communities where its members live, work, and play. Founded by locals and owned by members, the credit union gives back at least 5% of its income to the community by focusing on women’s and children’s issues, education, and organizations that strive to combat hunger and poverty. Numerica does this through volunteerism, fundraising, corporate sponsorships, and donations.

The end result? Lives are enhanced. Dreams are fulfilled. And communities are built.

Evergreen BizLink

Evergreen BizLink is a statewide, online referral network that links Washington business owners to local, regional, and state resource partners who provide quality business and financial technical assistance to help businesses grow and prosper. Evergreen BizLink is powered by the Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA). At the heart of Evergreen BizLink is the Resource Navigator, which streamlines access to vital business and financing resources 24/7 at the click of a button for every business owner in Washington State. Evergreen BizLink is a free service. WSMA is grateful for the active engagement of statewide partners: Washington State Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Washington Main Street, Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA), the Small Business Administration (SBA) and others.