Business Impact NW provides underserved entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses with consulting services, coaching, training and financing. BIN’s technical assistance programs help build stronger, more successful businesses through ongoing support for startups and established businesses. BIN’s various loan programs provide opportunities for any stage of business in amounts from $5,000 to $250,000. BINW houses the WA Women’s Business Center and the Veterans Business Outreach Center which both provide specialized services for entrepreneurs typically underserved by mainstream services.
All of our teams make great efforts to live and work with the goal of designing and developing the most qualified and unique themes with good services and support for our beloved customers. We will contribute small energy to the community so that all of people in the world have a better live. A special thank you to BECU for their help and support.
1437 S. Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Our mission & vision
Supporting small local businesses strengthens communities and helps business owners build a future for themselves and their families. Rainmakers for Business allows members of the community to participate in growing those businesses.
Joe Sky-Tucker has over twenty years’ experience working in the nonprofit world in a variety of positions and organizations including direct experience working with at risk youth and families in crisis, fund development, and strategic planning. Currently he works as the Co-Executive Director with Business Impact NW, an asset building/community lender that specializes in supporting small and microbusinesses; helping them to achieve financial stability. He has also worked with “at-risk” youth in mental health settings including working with foster care youth, children in locked psychiatric settings, and group homes. Joe Sky-Tucker has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle.
Amanda Putnam is the Co-Executive Director at Business Impact NW. Prior to joining the Business Impact NW team in early 2014, Ms. Putnam has spent the majority of her career in the financial services industry. This has included positions with commercial banks, CDFI’s, community foundations, and microfinance organizations. Ms. Putnam is passionate about working with underserved communities and has professional experience both domestically and abroad. These posts have taken her to Russia, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Romania for financial management and consulting opportunities.
Originally from the Midwest, Ms. Putnam completed her MBA from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer, having served as a Business Educator in Ukraine.
Director, Washington Women's Business Center
Julianna Duso, MBA joined the Small Business Administration (SBA) in 2013 as a business counselor for the Region X Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC) and moved into the role as the director of that center in 2014. In 2016 she joined the team at the Washington Women’s Business Center, where she is now the director. Julianna was born on Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, NM and grew up in a military family.
Prior to joining the VBOC Julianna worked in the private sector building her resume. Her business experience is extensive; having worked for Fortune 500 Companies for over a decade. Her resume includes management and business analysis positions with Seattle local Starbucks Coffee and Whole Foods Market.
Before making it her career, Julianna studied entrepreneurship and small business management as a hobby. She became the go-to person among her friends for questions related to business planning and financing.
Julianna believes that small businesses are the heart of the American economy. Having parents as small business owners, Julianna has seen personally how difficult small businesses have it trying to compete in the competitive market with bigger players. Her personal mission as a business service provider is to work to bring access to these same advantages to Main Street America’s small businesses.