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    GWATA will host its third entrepreneurial panel of 2018 at the Confluence Technology Center on Wednesday, November 14 from 3:00 - 5:00pm. The panel is titled “Funding Your Business” and features four North Central Washington business owners in a variety of industries who will be sharing how they funded their companies and other resources.
    As an official event for Global Entrepreneurship Week, this panel will be followed by a hosted social hour for attendees and panelists. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect and learn about resources for entrepreneurs from several organizations, including:  Craft3, Central Washington SCORE, Wenatchee Valley College, 1 Million Cups, The Entrepreneurs Source - Wendy Dalpez, Guidant Financial, and more.

    Funding Your Business is presented by Craft3, a regional nonprofit that makes loans in Oregon and Washington to strengthen the resilience of businesses, families and nonprofits, including those without access to traditional financing. Maggie Reilly, loan lender from Craft3, will be moderating the panel discussion along with Stacy Luckensmeyer, GWATA Vice President and Wenatchee Valley College Business and Industry Liaison.
    During this event, panelists will discuss different funding sources they have used to start or grow their businesses. From angel investment to bank loans, the goal of this panel is to highlight the many ways other entrepreneurs can fund their businesses in North Central Washington. The entrepreneurs featured on this panel include: Malachi Salcido, Kathleen Kennedy, Scott Ptolemy, and David Kaylor.
    Malachi Salcido, Founder and CEO, Salcido Enterprises
    Funding Method: Angel Investment
    Malachi strategically negotiates land and power agreements to position the Salcido Enterprises as the blockchain and cryptocurrency mining leader in the United States. Salcido Enterprises currently operates one of the largest ASIC server operations in the U.S. Malachi also owns the region’s largest full-service contracting business, The Salcido Connection, Inc. which is a 16-year multi-disciplined contracting and project development firm in Central Washington.
    Kathleen Kennedy, Manager and Co-owner, San Francisco Style Sourdough Eatery
    Funding Method: Bank Financing
    With a degree in Business Administration and a background in customer relations, Kathleen strives to provide a quality product along with excellent customer service. In 2016, Kathleen and her husband purchased the Wenatchee franchise. The business continues to grow as they are currently working on a second location in East Wenatchee.
    Scott Ptolemy, Co-founder, Web Guides Marketing
    Funding Method: “Bootstrapping”
    Scott focuses on growing and developing ecommerce businesses within the Wenatchee Valley. As an ecommerce and online advertising expert, Scott works with small and medium-sized businesses to optimize their digital footprint, grow website traffic, improve revenue, and streamline marketing efforts.
    David Kaylor, Founder and Lead Technician, Harvest Valley Pest Control
    Funding Method: Friends & Family
    David started Harvest Valley Pest Control in 2016, and has grown from a “one man show” to employing 12 people and serving three counties. Harvest Valley Pest Control focuses on integrated pest management and reducing conducive conditions that are causing pest problems. David is passionate about providing a healthy work environment for his employees and making an economic impact in North Central Washington.
    This is a great event for those who are interested in learning about entrepreneurs who are paving the path in North Central Washington. It will also be a panel that provides insight, inspiration, and ideas for existing business owners and professional service providers.
    Funding Your Business
    Wednesday, November 14 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Confluence Technology Center
    Free for GWATA Members, $15 for the Public
    Tickets for Funding Your Business are on sale now at www.gwata.org. This event is free for GWATA members and $15 for the public.
    About GWATA
    Since 1999, GWATA (the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance) has served as the region’s tech alliance, championing growth and development in North Central Washington. As a 501(c)3, GWATA’s mission is to bring people and technology resources together to create a thriving community. For more information visit www.gwata.org  
    About Global Entrepreneurship Week
    Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national, and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. GEW is November 12-18, 2018.
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