Rural Entrepreneurship

Rural entrepreneur patches together resources, despite being “sew” remote

When her brother was first deployed to Iraq, Candy Alford embroidered every piece of clothing he owned, from his socks to his washcloths, with his name so his things wouldn’t get misplaced in the group laundry. Not only were the name tags practical, but they garnered quite a few compliments from her brother’s fellow pilots, and he suggested she turn her hobby into a business.

Washington State Microenterprise Association

The Washington State Microenterprise Association is an independent, non-profit organization that acts as a network of microenterprise organizations, professionals and advocates in the state of Washington. It's mission is to strengthen economic development systems that support the growth of strong and effective microenterprise development organizations through access to capital and micro-lending, job creation, business creation and expansion support and self-employment education and assistance, among other methods.