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Tuesday, October 3 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Growing Diverse Businesses in High Growth Clusters

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Launching and growing a business in growth markets is both easier because of expanding opportunities, and harder because of high levels of competition than you may think.

We’ll look at strategies that minority- and women-owned businesses are using to be successful in both the Clean Tech and Food & Beverage industries. The session will bring together partners in the Seattle Ascend 2020 network who are improving management skills, increasing access to money, and growing market opportunities.

Moderators
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Suzanne Dale Estey

Partner, Gallatin Public Affairs
Suzanne Dale Estey has over twenty-five years of experience delivering results in economic development, business development, intergovernmental relations, public policy, strategic communications, non-profit leadership and fundraising. Suzanne starts as a Partner at Gallatin Public Affairs on October 4. Most recently, Suzanne served as the President... Read More →

Speakers
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Heather Englebrecht

VP of Operations & Strategic Initiatives, Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC)
Heather Engelbrecht is the Vice President of Operations & Strategic Initiatives for the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC). In her role as Vice President, she oversees the organization’s research & communications efforts, operations & finance, and provides strategic project management on both internal and external programs and initiatives. She has been with the EDC for a total of nine years and is the... Read More →
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Michael Verchot

Founding Director, UW’s Consulting & Business Development Center
Michael Verchot is the founding director of the University of Washington’s Consulting and Business Development Center and a Lecturer in the Marketing and International Business Department at the Michael G. Foster School of Business. | | The Consulting and Business Development Center, founded in 1995, accelerates the growth of minority-owned, women-owned and other diverse companies by engaging undergraduate and MBA students on consulting projects with these firms and by offering executive education courses in conjunction with the NMSDC. The Center is also a hub of research on issues related to minority business growth and is the research partner for the Billion Dollar Roundtable. Since... Read More →
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Kara Williams

Women and Minority Business Manager, Seattle City Light
Kara Williams is the Women and Minority Business Manager for Seattle City Light and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Social Science. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Williams has focused her education and career in the areas of housing, educa... Read More →
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Che Wong

Business Development Specialist, Craft3
Che Wong is a Business Development Specialist with Craft3, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing loans that strengthen businesses, families and the environment throughout Oregon and Washington. Craft3 has invested more than $400 million in North... Read More →