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Sunnyside, Grandview receive business friendly designation

Sunnyside and Grandview are two of four cities in Yakima County that recently received the Entrepreneurial Friendly Cities designation by New Vision.

The other two cities are Tieton and Zillah.

The EFC initiative is designed to support small businesses in Yakima County's rural cities and help them advance strategies that aid home town businesses.

"We were very pleased with the applications and commitment of the four cities," said David McFadden, New Vision President. "They all bring strong community support and the passion to help entrepreneurs succeed in their cities."

The four cities will work closely with New Vision to develop a small business support center in each city, and they will also recruit and train small business counselors that can help and mentor local companies.

An added bonus of the EFC designation is that New Vision and University of Washington - Heritage Partnership are supporting the cost of hiring a college intern to help kick-start the program in each city.

The interns will be tailoring their duties to the needs of each city.

Pam Turner is the executive director for the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, and she says the intern here will "work with the local business community to identify possible new businesses for Sunnyside."

Sunnyside's intern will start around the third week of September and will be here through November, said Turner. She noted the intern will work out of the chamber's downtown Sunnyside office.

"I think we're going to learn a lot, I'm excited," Turner said of the entrepreneur program coming to Sunnyside. "It's a positive direction. It's one of those pieces of the puzzle we need."

Over in Grandview, Mayor Norm Childress is hopeful its intern will provide support for the city's new EDGE program, a coalition of city businesses and leaders focusing on economic development.

"The hope is that with this entrepreneurial program it will marry up well with Grandview's EDGE," he said. "Like everyone else in the country we're scrambling for jobs, so anything to help us promote new businesses and jobs in Grandview is great."

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