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June 26, 2024: Evergreen BizLink Quarterly Resource Partner Meeting REPLAY

June 26, 2024 Evergreen BizLink Quarterly Resource Partner Meeting:  You can watch the video replay here

We deeply appreciate Lisa Jones, Director of Economic Inclusion, Northwest Access Fund for presenting information about their work, especially for entrepreneurs with disabilities in WA state!  We encourage you all to learn more about the Northwest Access Fund: and their resources, training and services for people with disabilities.

Looking for your help with the following:

  • Make introductions to WSMA and the nonprofit, public or academic business resource providers you work with that are serving small businesses with business training, technical assistance and/or financing and WSMA (Lisa Smith - or WSMA’s Evergreen BizLink staff (
  • Update your Resource Partner profile if you have had any changes with staff (especially the Referral Contact) or with the services you provide. You can do this by clicking the “Are you the referral contact? Update your profile” box under the map on the right on your profile page.
  • REMINDER: We would like to learn how you are using Evergreen BizLink and/or stories of how you have been able to serve businesses who found you on this platform!
  • Contact us if you have any questions about using the platform or ways you can increase access to Evergreen BizLink by the businesses you serve. We would love to present to any groups that may benefit!
  • We are continuing to work to expand agriculture/food, childcare, clean materials/clean tech, creative economy/arts, energy/efficiency, home building/construction, life sciences, maritime trades, small scale manufacturing and tourism on Evergreen BizLink. We are also seeking providers offering business services in these languages: Bengali, Bosnian, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Swedish, German, Punjabi. If you know of any business technical assistance providers we should connect with, please let us know by reaching out to Lisa Smith ( or sending to

Save the Date:

  • Register for our next Evergreen BizLink Quarterly Meeting - register here for our next Quarterly meeting on Tuesday, September 17 at 1pm and you can REGISTER HERE.  

Future Training Coming by Evergreen BizLink/WSMA:

  • THANK YOU for sharing a little about your experiences with employee ownership. The results of our prompt was clear: Our Resource Partners would like to learn more! Look for training later this year.

Resource Partners event/webinar and resource links shared in the Chat:

  • From John McNamara | Northwest Cooperative Development Center (NWCDC) | he/him, This is our new and improved web page about converting to a worker coop:  From John McNamara | NWCDC | he/him, NWCDC will be hosting a "Marketing the Co-op Advantage" in Olympia on September 27 from 10a-4p. We are still looking for a couple presenters ($100 honorarium and registration). email me ( for more information
  • From Jill Essency (she/her) - Port of Columbia: My email is! I'd love to connect on anything economic development and business support!
  • From Marie Cooper (she/her)- WAHBE : Marie Cooper - Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Happy to connect on health insurance options for small businesses through Washington Healthplanfinder.