Mark Costello, deputy director of the SBA’s Seattle district, and Karen Affeld, executive director of the development council, signed a strategic alliance memorandum at a June 27 ceremony at John Wayne Marina.

Mark Costello, deputy director of the SBA’s Seattle district, and Karen Affeld, executive director of the development council, signed a strategic alliance memorandum at a June 27 ceremony at John Wayne Marina.

Two-year small business alliance signed

SEQUIM — The Seattle district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council formalized a two-year alliance at a signing ceremony June 27 at the John Wayne Marina.

The ceremony was held at a regular public meeting of the development council.

The alliance allows the two organizations to collaborate on, and cross-promote, training and services for small businesses on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Signing the strategic alliance memorandum were Mark Costello, deputy director of the SBA’s Seattle district, and Karen Affeld, executive director of the development council.

Affeld said, “This partnership between the SBA and the NODC will help to ensure that local businesses are able to take advantage of everything the SBA has to offer to support their businesses.”

The alliance is part of the Rural Strong Initiative, co-sponsored by the SBA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to promote stronger businesses and agricultural economies in rural America.

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