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Business Advising

In partnership with Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Washington State University, we now offer advising to businesses in Kittitas County on behalf of the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce.

About the Small Business Development Center

The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network of more than 30 expert business advisors working in communities across the state to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business.

SBDC advisors provide one-on-one, confidential, no-cost advising on all phases of small business development and are often co-located with economic development specialists in community colleges, economic development agencies or government agencies. Other services of the Washington SBDC include no-cost or low-cost workshops on a variety of business topics and customized market research services.

The Washington SBDC, a member of the national America’s SBDC program, is governed by a cooperative agreement between Washington State University, which is the statewide host of the program, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).


Helping Washington businesses grow and succeed through advising, education and research.


To be Washington’s world-class business advising service.


Innovation – We educate and empower businesses to develop creative solutions, data driven decisions and best practices.

Integrity – We embrace responsible stewardship of public resources and serve the best interest of Washington businesses.

Collaboration – We cultivate partnerships to ensure entrepreneurs have the resources and tools to thrive.

Need Support? Visit with local Business Advisor Barry Schoening!

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Barry Schoening, Business Advisor

Washington SBDC


Barry Schoening, a former small business owner with more than 35 years’ experience in mortgages and securities, is the new Small Business Development Center (SBDC) business advisor in Kittitas County. Shoening’s office is located at the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce in Cle Elum and he is available to meet in person or via Zoom with small business advisors and entrepreneurs throughout the region.

“SBDC one-to-one business advising has been crucial for the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce and businesses in Kittitas County,” said Amy McGuffin, Chief Executive Officer of the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce. “I look forward to working with the new advisor, Barry Schoening, and I encourage local businesses to connect with the Chamber and the SBDC to get confidential and trusted assistance for their business.”

Schoening joins more than 40 other SBDC business advisors working in communities across the state to provide no-cost, confidential, one-on-one advising to entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to start, grow or buy/sell a business. “Barry’s commitment to small business success, his calm and positive demeanor, his knowledge of the intricacies of various company types, and his experience as a former small business owner in a unique industry make him a welcome addition to our team,” said Washington SBDC State Director Sheryl McGrath.

Schoening, who graduated from WSU with a degree in business administration, was co-owner of Central Securities LLC from 2003 to 2019. Then, after enjoying several years of retirement, he began looking for a second career. “I was looking for an opportunity to use my accounting and finance background in a way that would be rewarding and enjoyable at the same time,” Schoening said. “Helping small business owners achieve their goals certainly checks those boxes.” Shoening started his career in accounting and mortgage banking and then got into the securities industry, specifically bond trading. Banking and the securities industry touches all factors of the business community, he said.


Connect with Barry in Kittitas County today! Fill out this intake form to get started.