CBT’s business program expands services

Free, one-to-one, confidential business counselling and assessment services is being offered to local businesses.

The growing needs of local businesses will be met when the CBT expands its Basin Business Advisors program.

Delivered by Community Futures, The Columbia Basin Trust’s advisors’ program supports small- and medium-sized businesses in the Basin by providing free, one-to-one, confidential business counselling and assessment services, and by arranging and cost-sharing specialized consulting services.

These services will now be available to all business models, including social enterprises.

“Since 2000, the BBA program has been helping build economic capacity in Basin communities by supporting businesses to grow and prosper,” said Neil Muth, CBT president and CEO.

“By expanding the program, more businesses and entrepreneurs will be able to benefit, ultimately having an impact on the economic well-being of the Basin.”

Starting in the fall, there will also be new services added such as pre-start-up entrepreneurship, workshops and education.

Steele O’Neil and Associates has delivered the program since its inception in 2000, with owner Barbara O’Neil now heading into retirement.

To learn more about BBA, visit www.cbt.org/bba or call 1.800.510.2227.

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