How to create a business plan subject of next 425 Launch meeting for entrepreneurs
A panel discussion on how to develop a business plan is the topic of the Wednesday, Sept. 25 meeting of 425 Launch, an Edmonds Chamber of Commerce group aimed at new and aspiring entrepreneurs.
The 425 Launch session will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Brackett Room, 3rd Floor of City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave., Edmonds.
Expert panelists include:
Bob Allen, who has extensive experience in exporting. Allen has worked for numerous banking institutions, concentrating in food exports, and is Vice President of Trade Services with U.S. Bank of Washington. He has taught at both two- and four-year colleges and currently teaches Small Business Management, Intro to Business, International Marketing and Principles of Management at Edmonds Community College.
Paula Ward, a business advisor with StartZone Northwest, which provides “first step” entrepreneurship training to underserved populations. She co-founded a gift manufacturing company, producing and selling products to retail stores across the country, and is a board member for Marles (Burgermaster Restaurants) and a digital publisher.
Chuck Loomis, who owns and operates a virtual manufacturing company — Loomis Sales Corporation — and for over 17 years has been a part-time instructor at the community college level (currently at Edmonds Community College), teaching courses in Entrepreneurship, Sales, Marketing and Leadership. Loomis holds a bachelor of arts in economics, with a minor in marketing. During his career he has been financially active in five companies and currently sits on three boards, two of which are non-profits.