Startup Mendocino in the Ukiah Daily Journal
Ukiah Daily Journal shares the news about our name change
We're thrilled at being on the front page of The Ukiah Daily Journal.
Startup Mendocino, the inaugural launch of a countywide, business-pitch competition culminating with a showcase gala event on August 25th at Mendocino College Center Theater where the first-place winner will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000, is the brainchild of Mary Anne Petrillo, CEO of West Business Development Center (formerly WEST Company).
West Company Receives $50,000 from Wells Fargo to Support Small Businesses Recovering from Impacts of Fires
Our local paper is getting the word out about our name change:
[CEO Mary Anne] Petrillo says that now is a very exciting time for small business. “Technology is allowing entrepreneurs to live where they want and still access global markets.” With the new name, new website and expansion of services, she hopes to send the message that WBDC is moving with the times. She says, “We’re still here. Changing, growing and making a difference. We are in a new economy and even established small business owners are facing new challenges every day.
West Company: New Name, Same Mission
West Business Development Center (formerly West Company) announced today that it has received a grant of $50,000 from Wells Fargo to help small businesses in Mendocino and Lake Counties that are suffering from the impact of recent fires in the region. The funds will allow West Business Development Center to create a natural disaster preparedness toolkit for small businesses. The toolkit will include a workbook, videos and workshop curriculum designed to help get businesses back up and running after a disaster strikes.
How West Company Got Started and Where it is Today
You know them as West Company and if you don’t, now is a good time to learn about this dedicated organization. After thirty years of providing free services and support to small business owners in Mendocino County, the non-profit organization is changing their name to West Business Development Center (WBDC).
The Mendocino County business environment has changed a lot over the past decades, and West Company has changed with it. Learn about the inspired beginnings and enduring vision that gave West Company its start, as well as their ongoing work to support the local economy while honoring the unique nature of our community.