Free Business Advising Available to Island Businesses

Mercer Island businesses in need of business advice can access free consulting services from our counterparts around the region. The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), reSTARTUP425, and REACH King County are all providing confidential, one-on-one advising support to businesses in need. Keep reading to learn who to contact and what services they can provide.

Mari Wruble, East King County Advisor | Washington Small Business Development Center

E-mail Mari directly at mariw@oneredmond.org

Mari is one of SBDC’s 30 expert business advisors stationed around the state. Operating out of the OneRedmond offices, Mari helps small business owners grow and succeed through advising, education, and research.


Michael Reis, Business Response Team | reSTARTUP425

Request assistance by filling out the online form found here

Michael is based in the Business Impact Northwest offices, where he has access to their extensive network of advisors and their Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) lending team.


CPA Assistance from REACH and Business Health Trust

E-mail Leigh Jacobson at leighj@seattlechamber.com and she will connect you with a CPA from Clark Nuber

CPAs are available to assist small businesses in making the best use of the Paycheck Protection program (PPP) second draws and the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) for 2020 and 2021. Any business in the region with 100 employees or fewer is eligible to receive accounting assistance for these two government-funded programs thanks to a sponsorship by REACH King County and the Business Health Trust.


The City of Mercer Island wants to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact Sarah Bluvas, Economic Development Coordinator, at sarah.bluvas@mercerisland.gov to let us know how we can help.

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