Due to power outages from high winds, classes and all non-essential operations are suspended this morning. Normal schedule should resume at 1:00pm. Only essential personnel should report to work before 1:00.
Washington’s more than $6 billion tree fruit industry leads the nation in production of apples, pears, and sweet cherries, thanks in part to WSU research and support. New apple varieties being developed at WSU will help drive future sales of the state’s leading agricultural commodity.
Enterprises receiving no-cost business advising from WSU’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) achieved twice the sales growth of non-SBDC clients. SBDC clients’ sales grew an average of 10.5%, as compared to the statewide average of only 5.1%. Their businesses grew in both domestic and export markets.
SBDC advising helped save 484 existing jobs and led to the creation of 643 new jobs in 2014. It helped client enterprises access nearly $41 million in new capital to grow their businesses.
As a public investment, the SBDC pays huge dividends. Every dollar spent on the SBDC program delivered $5.25 in additional federal and state tax revenues.