For Tina Narron, increasing the diversity of business owners is one of the biggest needs we face in the Seattle business community.
The WWBC, one of the programs offered by Business Impact NW, provides free business training and workshops in an effort to increase the number of women-owned businesses and encourage profitability of those businesses.
“Being deliberate about supporting women-owned businesses puts actions to words,” Tina said. “Even if you aren’t a woman, it’s not hard to realize how hard it is to support everyone around you—to make sure the world is shaped in a way that supports inclusiveness.”
Tina, Chief Lending Officer at Verity Credit Union, is no stranger to working in a male-dominated field. With 30+ years in finance, Tina has seen many women over the years not be taken seriously or had opportunities to advance.
But with groups like Business Impact NW and programs like WWBC, things are shifting. In Seattle, women-owned businesses has increased 28.5% over the last 12 years. This shows programs are working and we need to continue doing more, according to Tina.
Through her work serving on the advisory board with the WWBC, Tina has also been able to help create workshop materials, lead financial education discussions, and serve as a mentor to business owners.
“It’s really important to have the training and the counseling,”…