More than 1,100
aspiring entrepreneurs have received training through
program in the past 14 years.
About 40 of the businesses that BE$T helped launch will be
showcased during a Tuesday event at
the Bremerton Elks Lodge. The showcase will also honor the
most recent graduates from the program, which is now
administered by Kitsap
The BE$T (Business Education Support Training) program provides
classes for people interested in starting their own
businesses and ongoing support for established
businesses. The “boot camps” cover a a wide range of topics
including business plans, marketing, taxes, licensing and
Tuition assistance is available for low-income applicants.
“A lot of entrepreneurs are trying to start a
businesses on a shoestring,” Program Manager Dayna Ebersole
Last year 92 participants
graduated from the eight-week training course, resulting in 32
business startups, according to the program’s website. Another 67
existing businesses received counseling and training.
The program got its start as Washington CASH.
But the CASH
organization lost its grant funding in 2012 and Kitsap
Community Resources took on the local the training
KCR Executive Director Larry Eyer said
BE$T complement’s the organization’s other services.
“We think it’s a great fit, because our mission is to
help people become economically successful, and become self
sufficient,” he said.
The BE$T showcase is scheduled for 5:30
to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 4131 Pine Road NE. Businesses that
have benefitted from BE$T will showcase their goods and services.
Guest speakers include Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent and state Sen.
For more information on BE$T, call 360-473-2141
or visit the program’s
The event is part of Global Entrepreneurship
Week. Kitsap Economic Development Alliance has a full listing of
Kitsap GEW events.