Thurston EDC’s Center for Business & Innovation Announces Robin Houde as New Program Manager for Washington Center for Women in Business

Submitted by Thurston EDC

The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to announce that Robin Houde has assumed the position of Program Manager for the Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB.) Houde brings a diverse background of education, small business management and marketing experience. Houde began as a volunteer with the WCWB and accepted the role of Administrative Specialist at the WCWB in March of 2020. She was then named Creative Strategist in May 2020.

A Thurston County local, Houde is well connected and brings an existing network to the WCWB. She handles marketing and outreach, manages the social media and program oversight of Let’s Talk Business, and offers social media, branding and design coaching. As an Evergreen State College student she focused the first half of her degree in psychology and health sciences while transitioning her second half towards business and community outreach.

“I am passionate about building meaningful community relationships and serving the public and I’m so excited to be able to help provide the resources and guidance to empower women entrepreneurs,” says Houde.

About the Thurston Economic Development Council and Center for Business & Innovation

The Thurston Economic Development Council has been supporting a strong economy in Thurston County since 1982 with a mission to create a dynamic and sustainable economy that supports the values of the people who live and work in Thurston County. We are experts in our field — passionate about cultivating a sustainable, resilient, diverse and robust economic ecosystem by coaching entrepreneurs to startup or scaleup success, and growing strong community networks and relationships to attract resources, investment and new market opportunities to our beautiful region for a vibrant economy in which we can live, work and play. Learn more here at the Thurston Economic Development Council website.

About the WCWB

The Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB) is a program of the Thurston EDC’s Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I), whose mission is to empower entrepreneurs to succeed in business by providing coaching, training, and technical assistance on a wide variety of topics. The WCWB differs from other programs of the CB&I because our Business Coaches are dedicated to helping the whole Womanpreneur see her goals realized. The WCWB is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn more on at Washington Center for Women in Business website.

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