About Us

The Small Business Training & Education Center (MyStartup365.com) is managed by the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness. The site serves as a clearinghouse for all the information and resources entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses need to achieve success, including funding sources, training and technical assistance, mentorship, education and information.

 Rural and small business economic development work is housed in the OEDC’s Small Business Training & Education, State Marketing and Tourism team. Most of these individuals have started their own businesses, been entrepreneurs or consulted with companies large and small, around the state and around the world.

Robb Zerr, Senior Managing Director

Lynn Longan

Lynn Longan, Manager, Small Business Training & Education Center


Linda Alongi, Education & Training Program Manager

Susan Herr

Susan Herr, Small Business Program Manager, Eastern Washington

Project partners include:

Alex Harper, Brand & Creative Manager
Kara Haggard, Design & Production Manager
Molly Jay, Marketing Communications Manager

The Department of Commerce is committed to strengthening communities and growing local economies that celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, provide the necessary infrastructure to support growth and expansion, have the right mix of services and programs to support intelligent economic development and offer families a safe place to live, work and play.