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Coming Classes

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Our next classes will be starting this fall. Choose between class sessions on Tuesday Night, Saturday afternoon or Sunday afternoon. 

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Join our team of mentors. No experience needed!

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Our economic future is up to all of us.

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Coming Events

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In addition to our courses, we hold informational programs and fundraising events throughout the year. 

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We Make Learning Fun!

learning fun 200Our course activities include videos, puzzles, team challenges, interviews with local business owners - combined with building a real world business plan and business website. All activities are carefully chosen to be age appropriate and promote student success. 

Business and Economics for Kids

michael flittieWe would like to welcome our newest SAVE NW Board Member, Michael Flittie. Michael is the CIO and Controller at Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods in Bellingham. He is also an Adjunct professor at Western Washington University where he teaches 300- and 400- level and MBA courses in Operations Management, Supply Chain Strategy, Project Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Supply Chain Management with executive MBA program courses in Corporate Information Systems and Operations Management. Michael not only brings decades of experience in small business development, but will help us recruit more mentors for our Kids Biz Club courses on the WWU campus. We are thrilled to have Michael on our Board!

Go!  Dolphins! --  Go! Bobcats! Fall 2019 After-School Enrichment Programs!



Kids Biz Club is an 8-week 16 session course created by SAVENW.org to help local Fifth Graders learn how to start their own business. Topics include creating a business budget, a business plan and a business website.

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This Spring, we had the opportunity to provide this course to students in an After-School Program at Alderwood Elementary School in Bellingham, WA. Each student was provided with a laptop to use during the course, a USB drive to save their work and a course notebook. Then their work began. The first lessons were about business planning concepts: How to choose a business, how to estimate costs, how to set pricing, the difference between a service, a product or a knowledge-based business.

Then we took a day to learn from local business manager, John “Westy” Westerfield, of Yeager’s Sporting Goods. The class explored coming to a net profit, and the differences between owners, managers, and employees. We wish to thank Westy for sharing his knowledge with the class and will be sure to say “Hi,” next time we are in his store.

With a business plan forming we moved on to the technical aspects of website design, beginning with the basics of file management.

While the course has very challenging goals, every student was able to finish their own business website – created from scratch using HTML and CSS. Each student customized their website with unique images, font colors and background colors.

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