Washington State EDA/Safe Start Grant

No-Cost Technical Assistance Support for Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers with Emphasis on Underserved and Underrepresented Communities

Washington State Department of Commerce Invites Impact Washington to Join a Unique Collaboration of Public, Private and Philanthropic Organizations to Keep Small Businesses Open and Protected.

Our no-cost technical support is part of a federal grant package* that supports statewide Safe Start projects to restart businesses, equitably rebuild our economy and strengthen our resilience against future downturns.

The grant funds support a number of initiatives ultimately aimed at helping Washington small businesses and strengthening core industry clusters. Some of the projects are new, but several build from existing efforts with the collaboration partners. Holistically, the program provides a broad range of support to help businesses address key areas of need, such as prevention of COVID infection and transmission, and make connections to financial resources for immediate and future resiliency.

  • Restart projects such as Impact Washington no-cost Preventative/Health Assessment include technical assistance for businesses to reopen and stay open safely.
  • Rebuild projects provide businesses an array of training and coaching services to help them retool or rethink their operations.

Every small and medium-sized manufacturer can apply for technical assistance, and we encourage all in the underserved and underrepresented businesses (BIPOC, Women, LGBTQ, super small and RURAL) to apply. 

"I really enjoyed working with Miguel at Impact Washington. While we did speak a lot about how to increase revenue and areas to cut costs the most beneficial aspect was gaining the confidence to not grow just for growths sake. Especially during the pandemic. Miguel has been incredibly supportive and helpful."

– Kaela Farrington, Lagana Foods

Impact Washington will provide a review of the company, and a plan to overcome challenges related to operations, workforce, and growth. We will also connect you with other local collaborations and resources to support on-going business needs

*This project was supported by Grant No. 07 79 07630 awarded by Economic Development Administration. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Economic Development Administration. Grant funds are administered by the Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness, Washington State Department of Commerce.

Small-Rural Business Manufacturing Advisory Miguel A Moreno Hierro

Since 2016, Miguel has supported small and rural manufacturers across Washington state. Helping manufacturers implement value and continuous improvement, Quality Management Systems, process improvement, project management, customer, and vendor relations.

Miguel understands the needs and unique challenges that smaller companies face. He can analyze any process and apply his skills and knowledge to transform it into a standardized, efficient, and lean processes. Help manufacturers connect to regional markets, networks, and economic opportunities throughout the region.

Miguel is fluent in English and Spanish