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Okanogan County, Washington Economic Alliance Taps
Downtown Strategies for Small Business Support

BIRMINGHAM, AL (June, 2021) –Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies, has been selected by the Okanogan County Economic Alliance to assist with small business support and retention. The partnership will provide unique training and technical assistance, job retention services, and individual coaching sessions directly to small business owners. 

“Downtown Strategies will strategically come in and offer Okanogan County businesses trainings, tools, and direct support as our businesses continue to navigate through and out of the pandemic,” said Roni Holder-Diefenbach, executive director of Okanogan County Economic Alliance. “The Okanogan County EA is committed to fulfilling our mission of supporting and growing businesses in Okanogan County. Our team is excited to partner with the Downtown Strategies team in order to further our goal and  continue to see our small businesses flourish and prosper.”

“Okanogan County Economic Alliance understands the critical need to support the small business community as we continue to come out of the pandemic,” said Jenn Gregory, president of Downtown Strategies. “Our team will host a webinar aimed at coaching business owners on Omni-channeling for small businesses along with other solutions for growth and retention. We’re excited to deliver one-on-one coaching to Okanogan County’s small business community.”

This partnership includes a live training webinar in English, a recorded webinar in Spanish, customized support, and one-on-one coaching for businesses most in need of technical assistance. Sessions focus on business modernization, omnichannel retailing, and opportunities for business growth and development.   

“Our team is excited to be partnering with Okanogan County EA to provide small business assistance and market information,” said Matthew Tate, director of west coast business development for Retail Strategies. “Okanogan has a diverse market and motivated community leadership that will create a lot of positive energy towards small business support and training. Our team’s goal with this training is to provide tools and training that will help these businesses not only survive but also begin to thrive.”

About Okanogan County Economic Alliance (Okanogan County EA) 

The Okanogan County EA promotes economic development in the region through planning, research, small business advising, and development. The EA serves Okanogan County located in North Central Washington. The Alliance services the community through a variety of programs and resources. Okanogan County is located along the Canada- US border in Washington. 

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About Downtown Strategies

Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies, specializes in downtown revitalization, placemaking, strategic visioning and planning, community engagement, and small business training and technical assistance for the purpose of enhanced economic vitality and social wellbeing for communities, their entrepreneurs, and their citizens.


About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is the national expert in recruiting businesses and strategically developing communities. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools, and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses and destinations for tourism and quality of life amenities. With confidence, we pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate and community development expertise. 

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